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Have you heard of fleather?

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Good News from this week 😊

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2022 saw the most climate action ever
Thanks to incredible work done by activists, innovators, advocates, scientists, and determined individuals, hundreds of good climate news stories scaterred across all of 2022. Heading into 2023, we’re gearing up for even more great progress to be made. But in case you’ve been wrapped up in the day…
2022 was a wild ride, but one thing's for sure: there was huge progress made in the fight against climate change. Here are some of the highlights. 
Three previously-extinct woodpeckers were rediscovered!
Thought to be extinct since 1944, the ivory-billed woodpecker has a crest that looks like a red hat and a “tin trumpet” call. And after a year-long expedition in bottomland forests in Louisiana, using trail cameras and drones, researchers were able to rediscover at least three! Tell me more
Woodpeckers are the type of animal that would seem absolutely ridiculous if they weren't real. Yet not only are they very real, but this species is being rediscovered after 78 years!
Supermarkets are eliminating those confusing use-by dates
Use-by, sell-by, best-by, best-before... the list of dates printing on food items goes on and on. Each one is more confusing than the last and leads to a massive amount of food waste. But the major supermarket chain Morrisons is eliminated use-by dates on most of their milk jugs and
I don't think there's a single person that really understands food expiration dates. Each one means something different, they're rarely accurate, and they create extra waste from fear that something has expired when it's perfectly fine. Let's take down these misleading use-by dates forever!
Fleather is leather made from discarded flowers
On a morning trip around Kanpur, India in 2015, Phool founder Ankit Agarwal noticed a plethora of discarded flowers floating in the Ganges river. These flowers had largely been used by worshippers and temples and couldn’t be thrown out in a traditional way, so the river was their go-to. but
No, not flubber, but fleather: leather made from flowers. And it may be coming to a belt near you.

👀 Read it: Ishmael, the most unique book I've ever read, is 95% (maybe even more) dialogue between a man and a gorilla, and challenges the way you see the role of humans in Earth's history.

🧑‍🍳 No waste taste: Dry your fresh herbs that you're not going to use before they go bad using just a string and scissors. My dad does this with hot peppers too before grinding them in a coffee grinder for the best homemade chili powder! (Just make sure you clean out your grinder before making coffee again).

🛍️ Get it: The Take Back Bag from For Days lets you load up your old clothes to send them off to get a second life, and you get paid for it! Yes, they'll even take socks with holes in them and spaghetti-stained shirts. I'm trying this out now and will let you know how it goes.

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