Sustainable packaging: Five solutions Dell has introduced

Chakr Innovation pitched the idea to Dell, resulting in the tech company now using the ink on 1.5 million Dell packaging boxes across India each year. At the time of launch, Dell estimated that the process would help clean the same amount of air breathed annually by about 110,000 people.
https://www.packaging-gateway.com/features/dell-sustainable-packaging/

Qwenu’s top companies changing Africa | Wecyclers: disrupting waste recycling in Nigeria

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wecyclers has created a new narrative in Nigeria’s recycling industry. The social enterprise came with a long-needed model for waste collection, enabling it to record massive growth and impact within a very short while.
https://qwenu.com/2019/05/17/qwenus-top-companies-changing-africa-wecyclers-disrupting-waste-recycling-in-nigeria/

A fantastic use for plastic in Tanzania

Not so. The company’s founders, Evanna Lyons and Alexis Cronin, wanted to make furniture they would buy themselves. “That was our whole aim all along,” says Lyons, a psychotherapist from Meath who also works in the local hospital. “It had to be impossible to tell it from any other furniture. And nobody believes it until you sit on it.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/a-fantastic-use-for-plastic-in-tanzania-1.2646906

Wells-Goodfellow Vacant Parcels to Receive $1 Million in Rainscaping, Helping MSD  Meet its Pledge to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

A block of six vacant parcels in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood have been approved for a total of $1 million in Rainscaping site improvements from the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). The installations will collect and manage about 2.4 million gallons of rainfall each year from a 6.9 acre area, slowing rainwater down and increasing infiltration to improve Mississippi River water quality. This project represents MSD and implementation partner Greenprint Partners’ push for equitable distribution of funds                           and high-impact rainscaping projects in underinvested areas.  
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b1490f731d4dfc24eb042a8/t/5ccb16e2ffd51600010bbb9e/1556813538578/Press+Release_+Vacant+Parcels+to+Receive+%241+Million+in+Rainscaping+Improvements.pdf

Jim Sarbh Puts Spotlight On Planet Healers In India

The series Planet Healers on Discovery Channel will deep dive into the journey of how these start-ups are working out innovative technology led solutions to environmental hazards faced in India. One of the first featured companies will be Chakr Innovation, who has created world’s first retro-fit emission control device for diesel generators which can capture over 90% of particulate matter emissions.
https://thecsrjournal.in/jim-sarbh-puts-spotlight-planet-healers-india/

Goregaon residents convert waste-to-wealth, develop fruit-vegetable garden

Monisha Narke, founder and chief executive officer, RUR Greenlife said, “This form of circular economy is highly sustainable and is a holistic solution to waste management. It not just results in waste management but also aids in remediation by replenishing nutrients back to soil, mitigates greenhouse gases generated due to transportation of waste from source to landfills.”
https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/goregaon-residents-convert-waste-to-wealth-develop-fruit-vegetable-garden/story-ypvmMswj4rdk6zvwaQ9DQI.html

Turning diesel to ink in India

Diesel generators are extensively used in India for power back-up, emitting unburned diesel or soot. In areas where there is no connection to electrical grids, diesel generators are the primary source of energy, and are used on average for eight hours a day. Chakr Innovation aims to cut Delhi’s air pollution levels, largely caused by diesel generator emissions. Such emissions lead to particulate matter density as high as 300 micrograms per cubic metre. At such high levels, soot becomes a danger to human health: the World Health Organization’s safety limit is 23 micrograms per cubic metre.

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/turning-diesel-ink-india

South Mumbai society recycles 90% of its waste, thanks to this teen environment crusader

Dr. Aparna Pandey, senior research and development associate, RUR Greenlife, a waste management service in Mumbai, said, “Majumder’s interest and effort in the project has been commendable in terms of scientific monitoring and sensitisation of residents and staff about waste management. She is a living example of an eco-conscious Mumbaiite.”
https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/south-mumbai-society-recycles-90-of-its-waste-thanks-to-this-teen-environment-crusader/story-yIVagbjIBK3o3eMjOwdMHJ.html

Indian startup turns air pollution into ink

Arpit Dhupar knows that only too well. He grew up in Delhi and developed breathing problems at a young age. Now 25 and a mechanical engineer, he has taken on the fight against pollution by tackling diesel generators.
https://www.dw.com/en/indian-startup-turns-air-pollution-into-ink/a-45664168

Women And Power: The eco warrior Lorna Rutto

The ban on logging and the need to preserve the environment from the harmful effects of plastic waste have presented eco warrior Lorna Rutto, with the perfect incentive to turn waste into cash. Through her company, Eco- Post, Lorna is doing her bit to salvage the country’s forest cover, while keeping the land free from plastic waste. I spent time with this eco-preneur and found out, that apart from creating jobs in an endevour to create a clean environment, Lorna is living her dream. Her story is the subject of this week’s Women and Power with Gladys Gachanja.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=sEsp9Ms2d4c

Delhi’s office commute time highest

Deepesh Agarwal, co-founder and CEO, MoveInSync Technology Solutions, said: “The infrastructural development in our country has hampered our commute. Traffic in metro cities is not going to get better, it will only deteriorate with time. The study shows how people spend a huge chunk of their daily life just in going and coming back from work. From the figures, it is estimated that a person spends almost 7 per cent of his or her life only in office commute.”
http://www.mydigitalfc.com/miscellany/delhis-office-commute-time-highest

Chakr Innovation figures out how to turn generator exhaust into ink

India has some of the worst air pollution in the world and smog levels often spike during its sweltering summers, when smoke-belching diesel generators are used to offset power shortages, as air-conditioners and fans stoke consumption.
https://www.devdiscourse.com/Article/21766-chakr-innovation-figures-out-how-to-turn-generator-exhaust-into-ink

Let’s Innovate with Nedraki

Because we believe in technology as a resource to build sustainable future, me as a part of Nedraki’s team felt very excited for our conference on may 10th and the commitment proved by the innovator’s who attended the event. They were so grateful to be an important piece in this day, they were able to connect with others that are doing similar things and is exactly this what liked them the most, the opportunity of doing networking, that I could see clearly. I also felt pleased to gather almost a hundred people in the event and felt very motivated to repeat this experience because almost another eighty people at least stay on the selection process that couldn’t be present in this conference.
https://medium.com/@astridjhc/lets-innovate-with-nedraki-6c34faad36e1

Employee Transportation Startup MoveInSync Raises $8 Mn In Series B Funding

Bengaluru-based employee transportation startup MoveInSync Technology Solutions has raised $8 Mn in Series B funding round led by Nexus Venture Partners. Existing investors including Inventus Capital Partners, Saama Capital and Qualcomm Ventures also participated in this round.
https://inc42.com/buzz/employee-transportation-startup-moveinsync-raises-8-mn-in-series-b-funding/

Make Money by Wearing it Out

Americans throw out 80 pounds of clothing every year on average, even though 95% of that content is recyclable. I started Texiles not only to prevent usable material from ending up in the trash but to educate consumers about the harmful impact of the fashion industry on the environment and factory workers and the role they play when they make purchasing decisions.
http://thefrugalcatholic.com/the-frugal-catholic-make-money-by-wearing-it-out-by-kaveri-marathe-february-2018/

The World’s First Living Backyard Umbrella

“The world’s first living backyard umbrella” — that’s what they’re calling Living Canopies’ patio-sized umbrella. It’s a steel pole and frame that can accommodate a variety of different plants and flowers — including a built-in irrigation system to keep the plants healthy — all soaking up the sun that would otherwise beat down on the heads of those enjoying the backyard.
https://aquamagazine.com/features/the-world-s-first-living-backyard-umbrella.html

How buyers can guard themselves from greenwashing

Kari Klaus, chief executive and founder of Viva Green Homes in Arlington, Va., a national listing portal exclusively for “eco-friendly” homes, says “greenwashing is a growing problem — clearly there’s a desire to jump on the train and use buzzwords” like “green,” “sustainable” and “high efficiency,” too often with little to back up the claims.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/how-buyers-can-guard-themselves-from-greenwashing/2018/01/09/2f1dd9f8-f54d-11e7-a9e3-ab18ce41436a_story.html?utm_term=.a74eb417df54

Residents in Mumbai turn 18,000 discarded Tetra Pak cartons into garden benches

According to Are You Reducing Reusing Recycling Greenlife (RUR), which helped residents with recycling, only 20% of used cartons are recycled in the city. The remaining end up at dumping yards, which when mixed with other forms of dry waste the process of decomposition takes much longer and the suppressed methane generated at dumping grounds easily ignites fire.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/residents-in-mumbai-turn-18-000-discarded-tetra-pak-cartons-into-four-garden-benches/story-w7rbWIteg5KL2UJJczSoIM.html

Dechets a l’or: Cuthbert Ayodeji Onikute is turning garbage into gold in Guinea.

Ayo is the CEO and founder of Dechets a l’or, a social venture that creates new sources of revenue for communities and improves environmental sustainability through an innovative waste management system in Guinea. During his Master’s programme at Columbia University where he studied Urban Planning with a focus on International Development in African cities, Ayo came across the idea of using waste as a source of fuel and energy to improve cities. “And that’s how Dechets a l’or came about,” he told Ventures Africa.Sub-Saharan cities are growing at a fast pace, and so is their waste. The average Sub-Saharan city is experiencing a steady annual growth rate of 5 to 6 percent, and the average Sub-Saharan citizen produces .34 kilogrammes of waste daily. But these wastes are not treated properly, resulting in environmental pollution and creating unnecessary health hazards.

http://venturesafrica.com/features/dechets-a-lor-cuthbert-ayodeji-onikute-is-turning-garbage-to-gold-in-guinea/

Analyzing the battery debate

As a string-trimmer operator during high school and college, Zack Kline says he got tired of the trimmer’s noise, fumes and gas consumption. So, he sought an alternative. He’s been operating battery-powered equipment since 2011—using Stihl for about the past four years—and says it’s come a long way since then.
https://www.landscapemanagement.net/the-battery-debate/

Amazons turning waste to wealth

An MBA graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, United States, she moved back home to set up WeCyclers. On her return to Lagos, she confronted a city with a major waste management crisis, producing 10,000 tonnes of refuse daily, much of which clog the city streets and leaches chemicals into the soil and groundwater. To solve the problem, she launched the social enterprise, Wecyclers, to incentise low-income households to hand off their recyclable goods to a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes.
http://thenationonlineng.net/amazons-turning-waste-wealth/

Tech Female Spotlight: Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola; CEO Wecyclers

The idea for Wecyclers was developed while I was in the US as a student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, following a five-year career as a corporate software engineer at IBM. I was assigned to a study project to help people at the bottom of the pyramid (people living on less than $2 a day), i decided to work on waste with focus on its uses, collection and processing.
http://smileandmobile.com/2015/10/29/tech-female-spotlight-bilikiss-adebiyi-abiola-ceo-wecyclers/

Arqlite Founder named Echoing Green Fellow

Arqlite turns plastic waste into value by manufacturing construction materials from all forms of plastic waste. The use of non-recyclable plastic is unique, as there are few means of disposing of waste plastic beyond landfills or incinerators. The final products are eco-friendly, lighter, and quieter, and they have better insulating properties than traditional construction materials. Concrete is the second most used material after water, and it is responsible for 5 percent of the global carbon footprint. Plastic waste reached 300 million tons in 2015, and this figure keeps rising. Arqlite’s mission is to help reduce the impacts of both concrete and plastic waste by developing processes and materials that combine the best of plastic polymers into massive industry as construction.

http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellows/sebastian-sajoux

EcoAct Tanzania recycles plastic waste and turns them into environmentally friendly plastic lumber

Born in Tanzania, Christian recycles plastic waste and turns them into environmentally friendly plastic lumber. With that action, he protects the environment by reducing deforestation in his region but also helps his community. As a child, Christian grew up in slums where he faced a massive number of plastics waste and unhealthy living conditions.
https://lelab.info/ecoact-tanzania-recycles-plastic-waste-and-turns-them-into-environmentally-friendly-plastic-lumber/

MEET THE DISRUPTOR

Wash Cycle, which has been around for six years, puts its own spin—pun incredibly intended—on industrial washing. They supply some of the standard laundering fair, including linens, sheets, towels, custodial supplies, floor mats, and clean clothes in bulk for universities and hospitals. They commit to the environmental bit, using all-natural detergents and high-efficiency laundry machines. But it’s the trip that the laundry takes that really sets it apart: Wash Cycle’s wares are carted around via bicycle to their local facilities. The company currently has campuses open in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and currently employs roughly 50, just about 40 of whom are stationed in Philly.
https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/wash-cycle-laundry-gabriel-mandujano/

You’re going to be seeing more solar panels in movies, here’s why.

Beth Bell, founder and president of Green Product Placement, has transformed mainstream product placement into “positive placement”. The US-based international media product placement company promotes and places only green, all natural, sustainable, socially enterprising and/or local entrepreneurial products in films, television shows and web media.
https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/youre-going-be-seeing-more-solar-panels-movies-heres-why/

Turning plastic waste into fencing posts

Nairobi, Kenya, produces more than 2,000 metric tons of waste a day. Find out how one company in the city uses plastic waste to manufacture poles and planks.
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/06/01/african-start-up-kenya-eco-post-spc.cnn

Wash Cycle Laundry — Up Close And Personal

Wash Cycle Laundry is proving that bikes are commercially-scalable alternatives to trucks for intra-metropolitan freight. Over 3 million pounds of cargo are hauled across Philadelphia and Washington DC since the company began in 2010. Jason, Steve, Nivan are just a few of those who could haul up to 300 pounds of laundry by bike…in all kinds of weather! These guys are in great shape!!! Their work day starts in the wee hours of the morning. They come in and check the computer and their app listing the names, addresses, number of bags etc., so they are always tracking all laundry from beginning to end. Jason has been working for WCL for two years with no thoughts of leaving. “Where else could I get paid for riding my bike?”
http://untoursfoundation.org/2016/03/wash-cycle-laundry-up-close-and-personal/

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) in collaboration with Eco Post Ltd destroyed unauthorized copies of DVDs and CDs.

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) in collaboration with Eco Post Ltd destroyed unauthorized copies of DVDs and CDs. The Kenya Copyright Board Executive Director, Dr. Marisella Ouma said that, the destruction has been in an eco-friendly way through a joint initiative with eco post to safely dispose over one tone of illegal CDs and DVDs worth over 5,000,000 million….
http://www.copyright.go.ke/dsdsd/summary/6-copyright-registration/5-application-for-verification-of-assignment-of-copyright-works.html