A company you’re likely familiar with is doing something which other companies have not. Soda Stream has announced the launch of the ‘Holy Turtle’ – a massive ocean contraption designed to clean plastic waste from open waters. The innovative device will be initially piloted in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast Honduras, as part of a bold ocean clean-up lead by CEO Daniel Birnbaum.
This is the first-known attempt of a commercial company to undertake a physical clean-up of trash from open waters. Soda Stream’s clean-up delegation includes 150 Soda Stream executives from 45 countries, international environmental specialists, NGO Plastic Soup Foundation and hundreds of children from 7 different local schools with local Honduran government.
In addition to the Holy Turtle device, Soda Stream will be organizing beach cleanups, activity sessions with local schools, as well as talks from environmental experts around the world.
As a means of encouraging her students, this lunch lady has started turning lunchtime fruit into makeshift fortune cookies.
Stacey Truman, the cafeteria manager at Kingston Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, wanted to offer some inspiration to her students – so she started writing down little messages of encouragement on the bananas that she served for lunch.
Truman says that since she always writes messages of love on the bananas that she gives to her own kids, she wanted to provide the same daily dose of motivation to the youngsters at Kingston. The students have affectionately called the healthy treats “talking bananas” – and Truman says that they are almost always gone by the time lunch is over.
Kids aren’t the only ones enjoying the messages either – school principal Sharon Shrewbridge was so touched by the gesture, she took a photo of the talking bananas and posted it to social media where it has since gone viral. The principal says even though it is such a simple thing, it has had an amazing, positive impact on the students.