the weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #29

October 16, 2020

As we head into Tier 2 restrictions here in London, you could be mistaken for thinking things are looking down. We’re here to remind you that while there may be further restrictions on being able to meet with your friends indoors, there is still plenty of good happening in the world.


This week was a big one for good news and things that made us smile. We’ve narrowed it down to our top five, read on to see what it is that’s making Team Siren feel the warm and fuzzies this week:


Ikea buys back used furniture in a stand against excessive consumption


Launching in the UK and Ireland on Black Friday this year, Ikea has unveiled a scheme to resell second-hand products. Customers will be able to sell their furniture back to the company to be re-sold to shoppers at discounted rates. The scheme is aimed at encouraging consumers to re-think their consumption habits, while giving a second life to Ikea’s products. The initiative is a step in the right direction towards a more sustainable lifestyle, with anything un-sold to be recycled. Here’s hoping the second-hand items come assembled!


Three million trees are being planted in Uganda to help endangered chimpanzees

To restore and manage wildlife communities in Uganda, over the next few years three million local trees will be planted. After watching Sir David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet and sharing it in our #GoodNewsSiren blog recently, we understand the importance of re-forestation.


Western Uganda is a prominent habitat for endangered chimpanzees, and it houses over 50 per cent of the birds and 39 per cent of mammals in mainland Africa. Sadly, millions of hectares have been lost due to the impact of human settlement, so this re-forestation effort will bring great cultural benefits to the area and streams of new wildlife back to Uganda.


Care home residents in York had a morale-boosting visit from a miniature horse


Residents from the Rosevale Care Home in York have been restricted from seeing relatives for quite some time. They were overjoyed when given a morale-boosting visit from the adorable miniature pony, Monet. We’re big fans of pet therapy, from the primary school alpaca visit recently and now a miniature pony – the benefits are incredible and while we didn’t get any pats ourselves, the photos are enough to make us smile.


School pupils hold a birthday party to make up for missed celebrations

A primary school in Flintshire has hosted a big birthday bash to make up for pupils’ missed celebrations during lockdown. With 50 missed birthdays, the school hosted the celebration to give students a much-needed boost after the difficulties faced during the lockdown. The children each made personalised birthday cards for one another and enjoyed a day of party games and decorations in the school grounds.


Aldi UK celebrates its 30th birthday with hilarious Twitter thread

While part of us is sad we didn’t get invited to what could be the funniest Twitter thread to come from 2020, at the same time we are so glad it happened, because it gave us all that little laugh we needed. What started as a playful thread inviting other supermarket giants to the #Aldi30thBirthdayParty, the thread turned in to a steady stream of huge brands getting involved – each with their own witty tweet to add. We love a fast-thinking reactive social media team and this is the perfect example of many big brands absolutely nailing it!