• Category Archives: Awareness and Hype

    From Ozone Depletion to Antarctica’s Ozone Hole Depletion

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    We all know of the vicious hole in the Ozone layer over Antarctica. We have no one else to blame but ourselves for the negligence. But then there was a ray of hope, the Montreal Protocol of 1987. It was called upon to control the world’s production and use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), to protect the ozone layer—which protects us from the harmful effects of excess UV rays from the Sun.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 26, 2016
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    France to be the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery

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    France has taken the lead in the fight against non-biodegradable plastic and become the first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils, passing a law which goes into effect in 2020. Exceptions have been made for items made of compostable, biosourced materials.

    The new law is a part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, the same legislation which outlawed plastic bags in grocery stores and markets starting this July. Although plastic bags are forbidden in many other countries, no country seems to have embraced a plastic ban as sweeping as France’s will be.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 20, 2016
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    Costa Rica produced 99% of its electricity from renewable sources last year, will they hit the cent percent mark this year?

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    Costa Rica is a lot more than a lush green tourist attraction, it’s also a pioneer in green energy. This small Central American country has successfully generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days, and the run isn’t over yet. This nation draws its clean energy from various renewable sources, and has aimed at a full year without fossil fuels.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 1, 2016
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    India plants a record 50 million trees in just 24 hours!

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    In a record breaking attempt, 50 million trees have been planted in India and some of us may have already noticed the smog in our cities decreasing, also our cities are suddenly looking a lot greener. The initiative started in Uttar Pradesh, on Monday, one of the most populous states in northern India’s. Over 800,000 people from varied backgrounds, such as students, housewives to government officials as well. All in a collective effort planted 49.3 million tree saplings in just 24 hours. The saplings included 80 different species of trees from 950 nurseries across the state.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on July 15, 2016
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    6 Easy Ways to Plan an Eco-Friendly Funeral

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    Those who want to reduce their carbon footprint after they die can plan a green funeral that is eco-friendly. More so now than ever before, people are becoming concerned with the impact that common funeral practices have on the planet. Burials take up valuable land, while cremations produce a lot of greenhouse gasses. But new practices such as green burials and chemical cremations can be expensive. So we’ve gathered together some easier and cost-effective tips to help you plan a funeral that’s a little more earth friendly!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on June 28, 2016
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    Green Airports: How Airport Infrastructure is Going Green

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    In the UK, aviation is a vital part of the economy as it supports everything from tourism to manufacturing services. This critical infrastructure is how people take holidays or do business in other parts of the world. The modern and dynamic economy impacts the environment in many ways, from pollution to carbon emissions. Below we focus on the environmental impact, how airports are going greener and what the future holds for airport infrastructure.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 17, 2016
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    Adidas makes a sneaker from recycled ocean waste

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    Remember the Levis jeans that were to be made from recycled nylon waste from fishing nets? You can now have sneakers that are made from recycled ocean waste too, thanks to Adidas. The company has partnered with Parley for the Oceans that is made from recycled oceanic plastic and 3D printed fibers. The shoe is said to be a good looker as well. This means that you can pick your favorite brand of sneakers from the shelf and have the satisfaction of having done your bit for the environment. The company has been proactive in reducing the polluting effects of plastic by phasing it out plastic bags across retail stores and reduced the plastic micro-beads in its body care products.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 6, 2016
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    The EcoQube Air is the littlest and most effective greenhouse for your home

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    Growing pants indoors isn’t a walk in the park. Unless of course, you have an incredible green thumb, you couldn’t really ensure the finer aspects of horticulture as you would in a greenhouse. So, why not get a greenhouse home? The EcoQube Air is something that could make this a possibility thanks to the ‘light therapy’ it brings to the forefront. The little greenhouse comes equipped with lights and a soil-less hydroponic system as well as an air-filtration system, which not only contributes to the quality of air indoors but also makes sure that your plants and herbs thrive in any condition. The light therapy will help synchronize our circadian rhythm, creating consistency in the light and dark times.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on April 6, 2016
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    New Italian law will make leftover food available to the needy

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    Italy is following the footsteps of France to cut down the wastage of food. The country is set to pass a new law that will ensure food that would otherwise be wasted is given to those in need of it. The country has estimated 5.1 million tons of food that gets wasted. The bill that has been proposed has received support from the opposition as well. Any food-serving establishment will have to declare itself in advance. The amount of food donated by this establishments will benefit them in terms of tax reductions. The bill will ensure that food that is slightly post its ‘best before’ date is also donated, albeit, after passing a number of criteria that the bill outlines.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 19, 2016
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    Montreal to completely ban plastic water bottles

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    Montreal surprised and delighted the world when they announced the complete ban of plastic bags from 2018. Now, Mayor Denis Coderre made another surprising announcement last month that could change the scenario of plastic usage and waste management across the city. He spoke on the ban of plastic water bottles, labelling them as an ‘environmental nuisance’. In an email, the Mayor wrote, “More than 700 million of these single-use bottles end up in Quebec’s landfills every year. In Montreal, we are lucky to have excellent tap water, which is tested several times per day. We tend to forget that our water is of such good quality, that some companies even bottle it directly and then people find themselves paying for it.” This makes so much sense as it brings with it not only economical but also financial benefits.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 16, 2016
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