In our weekly good news round-up, we feature three positive stories from across the week that showcase incredible innovation, significant breakthroughs, and exciting progress within the realms of healthcare, climate and sustainability, equity and inclusion, workplace wellbeing, social impact and more.

Here are our favourite positive stories of the week, 27 May to 2 June, 2024.

1.  Laser-etching tested as an alternative to plastic stickers on produce

In efforts to cut waste, Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, is trialling laser barcodes on avocados to cut out the use of plastic stickers — millions of which are used across supermarkets to label fresh produce.

Sales of avocados are up by 15% year on year at Tesco, despite concerns about their carbon footprint.

The retailer has said it is working with one of its fruit suppliers, Westfalia, to scrap barcode stickers currently used on its extra large avocados, and replace them with a laser etching or ‘tattooing’ process.

Under the scheme, Tesco is also testing a switch from plastic trays to cardboard on some twin-packs of avocados, which would prevent the use of more than 20m pieces of plastic a year.

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2. Slow Ways is building a national walking network in the UK

On a mission to connect more people to nature, and join up every town and city in Great Britain, the Slow Ways Summer Waycheck initiative is calling on people in the UK to discover new walks or running routes between cities, towns and villages between 14-23 June, and check ‘slow ways’ are accessible in their area of the country.

The initiative aims to ensure walking routes across the nation are “open and ready to be enjoyed”, to allow for people to imagine, plan and embark upon more journeys by foot, walking further and for more purposes.

They are looking for thousands of people to get involved in the Big Slow Ways 2024 Challenge, where there are rewards up for grabs for small groups (of 3 or more people) that walk a green trail and share a story about their journey.

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3. A rowing programme for children’s wellbeing reaches Bristol

An initiative that gives young people the chance to learn how to row launched in Bristol this week, through a school programme called Active Row. It started in London in 2005, but is increasingly expanding beyond the capital.

Active Row aims to engage young individuals who live with disabilities or are from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds, to help improve physical fitness, mental wellbeing, and resilience among its participants.

Beyond London, Active Row has reached cities including Leeds, Nottingham, and Kent — making the sport accessible to a broader range of young people across the UK.


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