Eco-friendly News – Green Initiatives by Apple Inc, Cape Town Tuk-tuks and State of Arizona

Tech Giant Apple Inc has started use of 80% recycled paper bags nd ditched its use of plastic bags. The note advises Apple employees to ask the customer if they would like a bag before giving them one. If Apple stores still have plastic bags in stock, they will use those before switching to the paper bags. Read the complete details on CNBC

Tuk-tuks will soon become a common mode of transport in Cape Town. A tender has been issued for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services. Preference will be given to bidders offering environmentally friendly tuk-tuks.there will be 80 operating licenses, according to the mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron who confirmed, ” Bidders with environmentally friendly tuk-tuks will therefore receive bonus points during the bidding process.” Read the complete details on BD Live.

Eco-friendly burials are on the rise in Arizona in the United States. Green burials can be done in a variety of ways. Generally, workers will place the deceased in a biodegradable container, such as a cardboard box, instead of a traditional coffin. The bodies are not embalmed, and they are not clothed with any material that is not biodegradable, such as rubber shoes or metal buckles. Alternatively, workers can shroud the bodies in different types of greenery to help the breakdown process. “It’s a choice that people are making,” said Bill Gabriel, the funeral home director and embalmer at Sunwest. “Unlike a traditional burial or cremation, this probably has the least effect on the environment, and it’ s a natural way of going back to the Earth.” Read the complete details on Cronkite News

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Eco-Friendly News -Green fashion from around the World

Leading Global brand H & M has unveiled a new collection of Wedding Dresses which are made from eco-friendly fabrics and are also quite affordable. These timelessly weave the latest trends with environment-friendly textiles. The designers reveal the aesthetic behind these creations – for traditionalists, a high-neck lace gown with long romantic sleeves created from organic silk and viscose. For unconventional free-spirited bohemian brides, art deco-like embellishments made of recycled mixed glass and rhinestones. Read the complete details on The Upcoming UK.

Shield your eyes from the Summer glare with sustainable glasses based in California. Woodwear which makes frames from zebra wood and bamboo. ZEAL optics uses plant-based materials such as castor bean oil, biodegradable acetate, and Ellume in all its sunglass frames and lenses. Dizm Eyewear features eye frames made from plant-based BioSan plastic, which is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and renewable. If you choose from its line of Eco lenses, those are also made from 50% renewable plant-based plastic. Browse through their designs and find the rest of the details on Tree Hugger.

At a recent Beauty Pageant, Miss Cheltenham 2016, the contestants had to show off dresses they had put together themselves out of recycled materials. The stand out contestant in this round was Jessica Hutchins and her dress made out of old ties which not only fitted her perfectly with an expertly formed shape to it, it also had a subtle and elegant colour scheme of blues and greens. Read the complete details on Gloucestershire Echo UK.

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Eco-friendly News – Green Initiatives in India

The pious City of Varanasi has decided to use herbal colors or abeer gulaal this Holi – the Spring festival of colors in India. People in rural parts of India along with metropolitan cities are getting aware of the harmful effects of synthetic colors on skin and hair. A local Rohni said that “I am aware that chemical colors have high content of lead, silica, chromium, dyes and alkalis. We have been purchasing starch-based herbal colors made from extracts of flowers, bark of trees and leaves.” Another local resident has decided not to play with color at all. She said, “My children asked me not get any colours. They said that their teachers have told them about harmful effects of synthetic colours. So, we will only buy sweets.” Read the rest of the details on Times of India.

The city of Kolkata has decided to use eco-friendly materials during the polling season as a way to conserve nature. Banners made of cotton or jute are being used instead of plastic flex. “One of our objectives this year is to maintain a clean and green Sundarbans this polling season. It is being done both for poll campaigning by all political parties as well as during voter awareness programs and training sessions of poll officials done by us,” South 24 Parganas District Magistrate PB Salim told PTI. This green project is being implemented in all the 13 assembly constituencies of South 24 Parganas district of the Sundarbans. Another portion of the archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its tigers and mangrove forests, lies in the adjoining North 24 Parganas district. Read the rest on Firstpost.

The Air India flights have decided to go green by using the Indian handwoven textile Khadi for its VVIP flights which carry the Prime Minister on international tours. While women cabin crew will wear khadi silk sarees, the male crew will sport Khadi silk jackets. Additionally khadi amenity kits will also be provided to the First Class & Business Class International passengers. The kits include khadi hand sanitizer, khadi moisturizer lotion, khadi lemongrass, khadi handmade soap, khadi lip balm, khadi rose face wash, essential oils etc. This order will generate more than 60,000 man hours which will be a boost to the workers who need the employment and the income. Read the complete details on Daily Pioneer.

An eco-friendly food vending cart which has provisions for waste disposal and solar power generation, developed by students of Jamia Millia Islamia, is among the innovations showcased at the Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan.“The product named ‘Innokart’ is an economical food vending cart that provides proper storage, shelter and hygiene. The cart promises to transform street food selling in India for the better,” said Mini S Thomas, Honorary Director, Jamia’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).“Besides the storage drawers, the cart has two sections for waste disposal — for dry and wet waste each. The top panel has been kept free for advertisements while there is a plan to set up solar panel on the rooftop,” she added.Read the complete details on The Hindu.

Boating in Mattupetty lake in Munnar will soon be eco-friendly, with wildlife being least disturbed. As part of its efforts to develop responsible tourism in Munnar, the Hydel Tourism Centre has purchased a solar-powered boat, which will be a marked change from kerosene-powered boats and petrol speed boats. Kerosene-powered boats have been the reason behind the pollution of the water body, even leading to occasional fish-kills, not to mention the ecological and environmental threats they pose. In addition, wild animals seldom used to drink water from the lake during summer seasons, thanks to contamination. Read the complete details on The Hindu.

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‘Country of Green’ Bhutan inspires at the International Climate Change Summit

The International Climate Change Summit held at Paris in December 2015 appreciated the Green Initiatives of the Tibetan Kingdom of Bhutan. A landlocked mountainous region,  Bhutan faces greenhouse gases emitted from neighbouring countries which threaten the larger Himalayan Landscapes, the glaciers and also the clean mountain air.


Long before the Summit was to be held, this country has already taken many active initiatives to remain ‘carbon neutral’ i.e cutting COP21 emissions and using renewable energy for domestic and export purposes. It also remains committed to maintain its forest cover by more than 60%. Cutting trees and killing animals is already banned in the country and locals live in ‘symbiosis with the environment’.

Its because of its lush green cover that Bhutan has also been nicknamed “the Most Carbon Negative Country in the World’. Interestingly, as per the findings of the Carbon Comparator Tool developed by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), absorbs three times more carbon emissions than it produces. Most parts of this country do not even have access to an electricity grid – impressive indeed!

At the International Climate Change Summit , the country further pledged to increase its forest cover even more. It calls to memory its record-breaking feat last year when Bhutan set a record for planting 50,000 trees planted in an hour!!

Sourced from: Zee News India, Lifegate

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