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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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    Bhutan celebrated the birth of their prince by planting 108,000 trees

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    Clean and green is the world that knows and respects the fruits of nature. On that philosophical note we applaud Bhutan because they created more value for the planet in a scenario that would be celebratory and polluting in most other corners of the world. The country may not look like much on the world map but the way they celebrated the birth of the heir to the monarchy’s throne showcases how big they are when it comes to ecological consciousness. To lead by example, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, some of his ministers and even leaders of the opposition party joined hands to plant 108,000 trees on the auspicious day. The Tendrel initiative was inspired by Buddhist values. Coordinator Tenzin Lekphell said, “In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms, symbolizing longevity, health, beauty and even compassion.” If only the rest of the world shared this perspective.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 15, 2016
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    Hamburg bans single-use coffee pods

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    The German city of Hamburg has made a move to stop the use and distribution of single-use coffee pods. In an endeavor by the city’s Department of Environment and Energy a special effort has been made to curb the amount of waste caused by this wasteful means of serving coffee. “These portion packs cause unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation, and often contain polluting aluminium,” said the department’s Jan Dube. “The capsules can’t be recycled easily because they are often made of a mixture of plastic and aluminum. It is 6 grams of coffee in 3 grams of packaging. We in Hamburg thought that these shouldn’t be bought with taxpayers’ money.” The alarming fact that the sale of single-use dispensers and serving pods going up has led to the extreme measure.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on March 2, 2016
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    Ingenious WaterDrop tote bag helps each household save 1000 liters of water a year

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    Water is precious. Just because we have access to water aplenty, we consider it to be a commodity that can be used freely. Unfortunately, this leads to wastage of water to no end. The biggest contributor to water wastage is the activity of bathing. While you wait for the water to get just as warm as you seem fit for a shower, the water flowing into the drain is an absolute waste. That’s where the WaterDrop tote bag comes into play. The bag collects water during the heating process and then allows you to use it for other purposes, thanks to a handy spout. The water that is saved can be used for gardening purposes, to water pets or for any other purpose. The makers estimate that if the water is saved by individuals from Europe and America alone, we will see over 1 trillion liters of water saved.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on January 5, 2016
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    Vancouver charges tree-cutters a security deposit of $750 for every tree cut

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    Some sustainable actions may lead to happy community deeds while others simply enforce goodness upon the masses. This is the kind of enforcement the planet could deal with. Vancouver, for instance, has a law that pretty much settles all tree-cutting disputes. The city will collect a $750 security deposit from every person who axes down a tree. The money will be refunded only after the person proves that they have planted and cared for a tree for at least a year. This action has been decided basis an insight that over 25 percent of tree canopy has reduced over the last two decades. Moreover, those pledging to plant a new tree simply plant a sapling or a seed and let it perish. This new rule will ensure that the tree is nurtured till it is in full flourish.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 22, 2015
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    Canada sells canned Rocky Mountain air to smog-inflicted China

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    China is renowned for its polluting habits and as nature turns against them, many parts of the country are completely soaked in the perils of highly polluted air. Cashing in on this as an opportunity to share the wonders of natural resources, Canada’s Vitality Air has prepared a solution that could offer temporary relief to the Chinese. They will be selling cans of fresh clean air and oxygen to folks in Beijing, which is among the worst hit geographies. The will be leveraging China’s e-commerce site, Taobao and selling the bottles to needy citizens. The first 500 pieces sold out almost immediately. Another 700 bottles will be sent to China.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 18, 2015
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