It goes without saying that when it comes to electronic waste and with the large usage of smartphones, all eyes automatically fall on the biggest manufacturers and sellers. That’s why Apple is in everyone’s focus and there’s much expected from them on this front. The good news is that the company has announced a bunch of exciting new products and with it, the promise of a new research and redevelopment program that sees the recycling initiatives of the company in action. Called, Apple Renew, the program is set to encourage users to recycle their devices by sending them back to Apple, free of cost. The company has commissioned a robot called Liam to salvage the best it can from the returned goods. The move is a welcome breather for environmentalists who worry about the growing pile of discarded devices, each time a new upgrade is announced.
When the old meets the new in an attempt to make the world a better place, there is always celebration and joy. The same goes with the announcement of the London double-decker bus that will arrive in its all-new electric avatar from next month. The buses were announced last July. Five models will touch the streets with an incredible range of about 180 miles on a single charge. Charging the buses takes a four-hour stretch, which should ideally get done overnight till the bus is ready to set off on-course the next day. The double-decker buses measure 10.2 meters in length and are capable of seating 54 passenger and an additional 27 more, standing.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wondered what happens to all the chewing that’s chewed and thrown away? One thing’s for sure, it doesn’t all combine to be a giant ball of gum that swallows the planet. So what does it do? Not much, really. So, we have an English designer, Anna Bullus take things into her own hands and create the incredible Gumdrop Bin. Bullus spent eight months experimenting at the University of Brighton chemistry lab where she finally came out with a solution for the world’s mounting chewing gum problem. All the deposited gum is collected by Gumdrop LTD and processed to create Gum-Tec products. A single, full bin can create three more bins and Gum-Tec products such as an Americano Mug, Guitar Pick, Bicycle Spoke, Rulers, Sports Cones, Frisbee and Boomerang, Door Stop, Meal Mate, Lunch Boxes and Combs.
Genovation are known to breathe new life into the cars they touch. When they got hold of this 2006 Corvette Z06, they created the world’s fastest electric vehicle out of it. While the Tesla Model S P90D may have been an efficient 0-60 in 2.8 seconds machine, its top speed wasn’t a benchmark that was unbeatable as the batteries run dry over distances. That’s where Genovation checked in and created their very own Genovation eXtreme Electric or GXE. Believe it or not, this electric powered 10-year old car managed to reach a speed of 186.8 mph during tests! This takes the game to the rest of the EV market and even challenges the regular variants of the car.
If we are to believe those who let some exciting tidings slip into the rumor mills, there’s delight on the e-driving front. A very cryptic tweet could have opened up the possibilities of an even more efficient and faster Tesla S arriving soon. A tweet from a renowned and respected Tesla hacker arrived and was broken down by those with the curiosity to do so. Jason Hughes is famous from the early Model S days and decoded what looked like P100D in the rather curious looking text. Hughes found out about Tesla working on a 100 kWh, which is leagues beyond the 60 kWh model.
Imagine a world without polluting cars and you would immediately fantasize clean air blowing across city streets. But this dream is distant and one that begs a lot more action than words. Following in the footsteps of a few select cities that strongly promote cycling as an alternative to driving to work, Milan is working towards cleaning its smog-ridden air. Pierfrancesco Maran, the city’s councilor for mobility told The Guardian that he is willing to reimburse citizens who cycle their way to work rather than use a car. Something similar has transpired in France. Milan and Rome are the financial backbones of Italy, also making them the cities with maximum car usage.
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.