Supermarkets in Asia are Now Using Banana Leaves Instead of Plastic Packaging

Supermarkets in Vietnam have adopted an initiative from Thailand that makes use of banana leaves instead of plastic as a packaging alternative. Supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand earned praise on Facebook for coming up with the eco-friendly packaging after a local firm featured it on their page last week. The novel …

Massive Reforestation Is Key to Averting a Climate Catastrophe

Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the continental US – with trees could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon, about …

Small Loads from Internet-Connected Devices All Add Up

  Our always-on devices turn out to consume a lot of power. Do I really need to connect my garage door to the Internet? A few years ago I called Sanctuary Magazine “the best green shelter magazine available anywhere” (it still is). But Australia’s Alternative Technology Association has also published …

Amazon Destruction Accelerates 60% to One and a Half Soccer Fields Every Minute

Amazon deforestation accelerated more than 60% in June over the same period last year, in what environmentalists say is a sign that the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro are starting to take effect. The rate of rainforest destruction had been stable during the first few months of Bolsonaro’s presidency but …

Festival Fans ‘Have Carbon Footprint 850% Higher than if They Stayed at Home’

Feel like going to a festival this summer? Think twice, because you could increase your carbon footprint more than eight-fold. That’s the verdict from Cardiff University and Siemens, which have studied a number of festivals across the UK, including Hay Festival, The FA Cup Final and Rugby 6 Nations -they …

Air Pollution ‘May Affect Number of Eggs Ovaries Can Produce’

Air pollution has been linked to a drop in activity of female ovaries, researchers have revealed. Experts say the findings suggest that female reproductive system is affected by environmental factors, although the study does not specifically look at the impact of air pollution on fertility. However, they added that if …