In Waai Weekly Impact we bring you the good news. Each week we curate three stories about positive impact worth sharing. See how others from all around the world inspire to make a difference.

Soon on product packaging near you: carbon labels

Source: Fastcompany

On one side of a package from the indie beauty brand Cocokind, there’s a long list of sustainability facts laid out like a nutrition label. The product inside has a carbon footprint of 24.50 grams per use, it explains. It’s a carbon label, and the brand is one of several companies to begin using them. There are still some kinks to work out, but with both challenger brands like Oatly and big multinationals like Unilever committing to labelling their products (70.000 in the case of Unilever), conscious consumers worldwide will soon be able to make more informed product choices.

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Startup helps small south-African farms turn waste into livelihoods

Source: Sustainable Brands

Milwaukee based startup Agricycle wants to address poverty and put a dent in global food waste. So far it has created nearly 7,000 livelihoods in Africa and diverted 177 tons of food waste — and counting. Farmers use Agricycle’s passive solar dehydrators to preserve their mangoes, pineapples and jackfruit — which the company buys and then sells in the United States and Europe. Food that otherwise would have gone to waste is now not only saved but also shipped and sold for profit, significantly boosting the local farmer’s profit. The startup plans to distribute 2,000 solar dehydrators by the end of 2022, compared to the nearly 300 in service today.

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Employee ownership: a new way to build resilient businesses

Source: Fastcompany

Phoenix coffee, a struggling coffee roaster in Cleveland, was saved by an investment firm in the midst of the pandemic. One of their conditions: become employee owned. Could financing that helps businesses like Phoenix Coffee transition to employee-ownership be key to saving numerous small enterprises and the jobs they create from a pandemic-induced demise? The data suggests yes.

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