The Daily Populous

Friday June 30th, 2023 night edition

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N ew Zealand is to become the first country to ban thin plastic bags used to purchase loose fruit and vegetables in supermarkets.

The new ban will also extend to plastic straws and cutlery, as the nation’s government expands its campaign against single-use plastics, which began in 2019 when it banned plastic carrier bags.

“New Zealand produces too much waste, too much plastic waste,” said New Zealand’s associate environment minister Rachel Brooking.

Ms Brooking said the 2019 bag ban has already prevented more than one billion plastic bags from being used in New Zealand, and the new ban on thin bags, which will come into force on Saturday, will add a further reduction of 150 million bags per year.

“So we want people to be bringing their own bags and supermarkets are selling reusable produce bags.”.

Catherine Langabeer, Countdown’s head of sustainability, said the mesh bags were tested to be reused up to 5,000 times each.

Plastic fruit and vegetable bags are still widely available in many UK supermarkets, but some shops such as Waitrose have taken the decision to raplace them with compostable bags. »

Detroit is going to power 100% of its municipal buildings with solar

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All of Detroit’s municipal buildings are going to be powered by neighborhood solar as part of the city’s efforts to combat climate change – check out the city’s cool grassroots plan.

The city has determined that it’s going to need around 250 acres of solar panels in order to achieve 100% solar power for its municipal buildings.

If you’re considering going solar, it’s always a good idea to get quotes from a few installers. »

Microscopic ‘Louis Vuitton’ bag sells for more than $60,000

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But you’ve perhaps not heard of the Microscopic Handbag by MSCHF.

Neon green and made via 3D printer using 2-photon polymerization printing methods, the bag – which is modeled after Louis Vuitton’s famed OnTheGo tote – is viewable through a microscope.

Wiesner also claimed that he believed the “bag” to be “a funny object because it derives from something rigorously functional”. »

Ron DeSantis the 'Worst Candidate I've Ever Seen'—Former GOP Strategist

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A veteran GOP political strategist has described Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as the "worst" presidential candidate he has ever seen.

Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaks during a press conference on the banks of the Rio Grande on June 26, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas.

The Lincoln Project's Jeff Timmer has described DeSantis as the "worst candidate I’ve ever seen." »

The Kremlin is purging the military in a search for traitors after the Wagner mutiny: reports

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It comes after the Wagner mercenary group launched a mutiny aimed at toppling military chiefs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a hunt for traitors in the wake of the Wagner Group's mutiny against military leaders, reports say.

Prigozhin claimed to have extensive backing for his mutiny among Russian military members, but wider backing for the rebellion did not materialize on Saturday. »