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Every Wednesday Mel & Jeziel catch up on the last week and share something they’ve learned in the last 7 days for Show and Tell. Whether it be a mind-blowing moment or a small ah-uhhh moment, they bring it to the family to share what they’ve learnt.

This week Mel & Jeziel’s Show ‘n’ Tell took a similar vein. They both learnt about a very cool innovation from another country.

Mel discovered that Japan has invented a totally biodegradable newspaper. Not only is it biodegradable but it’s 100% eco-friendly. It’s made of herbs, seed and recycled paper. So when you’re done reading the headlines, don’t throw it away. Tear it up, plant it, water it and in a few weeks, you’ll have a surprise popping up in your garden, either herbs, vegetables or wildflowers! This “green paper” invented by the publisher of the famous Japanese daily, The Mainichi.  It’s a totally sustainable alternative to traditional card stock.

Japan's "green newspaper"

And what did Jeziel learn is happening over in Milan? Well, over the last 15 years Milan has been developing a program to tackle two major problems it’s city faces. Milan is the most expensive city to live in Italy. But with it’s seven universities it has a huge student population, with a large population of non-domestic students. The city also has an aging population, with many seniors living alone.

So the Adopt a Student cohabitation program is matching up students to live with these seniors while they study! The students pay less than average rent and in return these seniors receive company.Adopt a student cohabitation program in Milan. Grazzini and Urbani at home. Photograph: Marta Clinco

We couldn’t decide which Show ‘n’ Tell we loved more this week, a newspaper that grows or the Adopt a Student Program! Fortunately, we don’t have to choose just one. Doesn’t it warm your heart to hear of these programs around the world? Text us or join the conversation on Facebook!

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