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.

A new pact to support a circular economy

Source: Sustainable Brands

The US Plastics Pact, a consortium launched in August by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund, unveiled an aggressive national strategy to ensure all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To reach this goal, the Plastics Pact created a roadmap that outlines specific actions and responsibilities to steer the participating 95 organizations in their management of plastic waste. The roadmap aims to provide a significant step forward in realizing a circular economy for plastics and create a pathway through which organizations can successfully ensure that plastics remain in the economy and out of the environment for years to come.

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The Goldman environment prize

Source: The Guardian

Every year the Goldman environment prize honors the achievements and leadership of grassroots environmental activists from around the world, inspiring all of us to take action to protect our planet. The 2021 prize winners include a Japanese coal fighter, a Vietnamese protector of pangolins and a Peruvian forest defender. This article from The Guardian takes a deep dive in their endeavors, the progress they’ve made and their predictions for the future. Spoiler alert: they are all optimistic and see a shift in political winds.

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From plastic bottle to vanilla extract

Source: Fast Company

Vanillin (vanilla extract) is used in everything from food to pharmaceuticals to cosmetics. It can be both naturally as well as synthetic produced. A research team at the University of Edinburgh found a new to create synthetic vanillin, using plastics and E. coli bacteria. This could help address the plastic problem by providing ways not only to recycle plastic, but to turn it into something more valuable than the starting material. Further research is needed to see if the vanillin is pure enough to consume. Who knows, maybe in the future your vanilla-scented perfume or vanilla-flavored ice cream could help rein in our plastic pollution problem.

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