Sumatra's disappearing rainforest 1950-2010
January 29, 2014
Almost a year on from a similar move by its major rival, and in response to rising pressure from NGOs and the business community, manufacturer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) – the region’s second-largest pulp and paper firm – has unveiled an upgraded Sustainable Forest Management Policy.
China is among 147 nations that have agreed to control the use and emissions of the highly toxic metal mercury, under the framework of the UN Environmental Program's Minamata Convention.
Packing giant, Tetra Pak, is trialing a green packaging product made from sugar cane. It has signed a deal with Brazilian company Braskem, the world’s leading producer of biopolymers.
Plasticity HK 2013
May 10, 2013
This multi-layered environmental question keeps on being asked, seemingly with few answers that translate into action. With the Center for Biological Diversity estimating that 40 per cent of the world’s ocean surface is now littered with plastic waste, this issue must be addressed and urgently. We need to focus on the issue in a new way, and in doing so create new opportunities. Plastic waste creates large, expensive and unnecessary impact on society because of its ecological impact. Ecosystems give us everything we need to live – air, water, energy and food.
Trash bin littered with polystyrene lunch boxes
May 03, 2013
Using disposable polystyrene tableware is now okay in China after the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) overturned a 14-year ban earlier this week, much to the dismay of environmentalists and community groups. The ban was imposed by the now defunct State Economic and Trade Commission in 1999 due to environmental damage from its production and use. The NDRC now says disposable polystyrene tableware not only conforms to national food wrapping standards, but also can be recycled to make construction materials, paints and stationery.
Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced that 45 of its facilities, including six in the Asia region, have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
Philippine poison charms
As we prepare for the Year of the Snake, some lunar New Year charms and accessories, found in the Philippine capital, Manila, might not exactly bring good fortune. The Ecowaste Coalition, a consumer safety watchdog, has discovered dangerous chemicals in 28 lucky charms and accessories, including a fertility amulet with a high level of lead that ironically could induce miscarriage and premature childbirth.
Green cosmetics all the rage
December 04, 2012
The Asian cosmetics industry needs to raise the bar for sustainability according to speakers at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Sustainable Cosmetics Summit held recently in Hong Kong. They say the region is lagging in many ethical and ecological areas, such as alternatives to animal testing, ecological packaging, green formulations, as well as consumer education. The growing importance of Asia to the cosmetics industry was highlighted by Sam McKay, CEO of Jurlique. In his opening keynote, he declared: “Asia has become our number one focus as a region”.
Shanghai will be the first region in China to introduce stricter packaging rules when the law starts in February next year. Focusing on excessive packaging, manufacturers that are deemed to over-wrap their products will be asked to reduce it and, should they fail, face fines of up to CNY5,000 (USD8,000).
Walmart China supply chain
Read Full Story US-based global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has given its suppliers five years to comply with its environmental rules or risk being pushed off its shelves. The new requirements, announced in China where Wal-Mart has more than 20,000 suppliers, will compel them to improve on energy efficiency, waste reduction and other markers on the retailer’s checklist. Wal-Mart said the checklist, introduced in 2009, was voluntary. But if suppliers fall short, they could be cut off from the discount stores wholesale warehouses that the company operates in the United States.