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 …

France Will Hike Air Fares to Fight Climate Change

A new ‘eco tax’ will raise money for less polluting modes of transportation. France announced on 9th July that it will introduce an ‘eco tax’ on all flights originating within the country. The amount will range from 1.5 euros (US$1.70) to 18 euros (US$20), depending on the ticket type and destination, …

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 …

Canada Declares Climate Emergency, then Approves Pipeline Expansion

Trudeau doesn’t seem to understand what ‘climate emergency’ means. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is riding a rollercoaster of public opinion these days. Many Canadians were pleased with the House of Commons’ declaration of a climate emergency on Monday, a motion put forward by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine …

US Top of the Garbage Pile in Global Waste Crisis

The world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Per head of population the worst offenders are the US, as Americans produce three times the global average of waste, including plastic and food.  When it comes to …