The whole world is now actively discussing Greta Tunberg and her speech at the UN about climate change, which could lead to disastrous consequences for our planet. Environmental problems concern not only the Swedish schoolgirl: more and more people in different countries come up with non-standard initiatives designed to give the problem more publicity and ultimately protect the Earth from destructive influences.
At Happy Worthy Life, we are confident that the authors of each of these 8 ideas also deserve a prize for their contribution to preserving our environment. At the end of the article, we have prepared a small bonus: you too can start helping the planet, and right now.
1. Asian supermarkets use banana leaves instead of plastic packaging
Rimping Supermarket in Thailand launched a real flash mob when it started using banana leaves as an organic alternative to plastic. The initiative was taken up not only by Thai, but also by Vietnamese firms. Customers met this change positively: they are more willing to buy vegetables if they see that they are wrapped “in these beautiful banana leaves.”
2. An Indian company makes even cups from organic materials
Banana Leaf Technology uses banana leaves on an industrial scale. The company processes organic material in a special way so that it keeps its shape, does not decompose and is protected from bacteria. After such processing, the leaves can serve as packaging not only for dry products, but also for liquids.
3. American scientists have learned to clean the gutters with algae
Scientists at Rice University in Houston have learned to use algae to treat municipal wastewater. During the 14 weeks of the experiment, the researchers grew various strains in 12 outdoor pools. It turned out that algae in the sewage system not only develop normally, but also process more than 90% of nitrates and 50% of phosphorus. Wastewater treated in this way can be discharged into water bodies without harm to them.
4. The British first created dishes from industrial waste
English workshop Grandy presented a collection of dishes made exclusively from broken ceramics, glass and stone waste. The company conducted large-scale scientific research, studied the composition of clay and glaze, which are usually used in the manufacture of dishes, figured out how to get the right components from waste. The result is nice and practical plates and cups that can be washed in a dishwasher and heated in the microwave.
5. A company in the USA produces green concrete and cement
The American company has learned to produce cement and concrete, which emit 70% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It turns out that these materials occupy the third place in the production of CO₂ (the first lines are for cars and factories). Green concrete and cement not only emit less harmful gas: significantly less fresh water and oil are used in their production.
6. In Panama build a village of plastic bottles
Canadian emigrant Robert Bezot collected more than 1 million plastic bottles and found them non-standard use. He acquired a 33-hectare plot on the Panamanian island of Bocas del Toro and began building an environmentally friendly village. He cooks house frames from metal fittings, and then fills them with empty bottles. Plastic packaging turned out to be a good building material: in particular, it perfectly protects from heat.
7. The Italian company has developed a juicer, which makes glasses from the peel of oranges
Design firm Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a juicer, which not only makes orange juices, but also finds the use of the peel left after squeezing. A 3D printer is built into the machine, which processes crusts on the spot and prints disposable cups out of them. Such a non-waste production.
8. In Australia, trash is caught by fishing nets.
Two drainage networks for waste collection were installed at Henley Nature Reserve in Australia. Prior to this, workers collected garbage manually, the efficiency of their actions was low. The nets turned out to be much more productive: in just a few months they collected 370 kg of garbage thrown away by visitors into local reservoirs.
Bonus number № 1: many people have already said a solid “no” to ordinary toothbrushes, preferring bamboo
Bonus number № 2: instead of a plastic Christmas tree that will quickly become worthless, it is better to use a living tree in a pot that can be grown both at home and in the garden
Bonus number № 3: in the West, lumpy solid shampoos are widely distributed, they are sold in supermarkets. No plastic containers are needed for this makeup.
Which initiative did you find most significant?