The Sustainability table series is a discourse organized by Avant-Garde Limited – an innovative frontier for advocacy on environmental protection and sustainable development in Nigeria.
Conceptual photographer Benjamin Von Wong has shared details about his latest project on his blog—an art installation made from 168,000 plastic straws called “The Parting of the Plastic Sea.” The idea behind the work is to draw attention to the “truckload of plastic flowing into the ocean every 60 seconds”—and to emphasize how a small step like forgoing a plastic straw when conducted on a large scale can make a big difference—stopping the “strawpocalypse,” as Von Wong puts it. Of course, Von Wong didn’t go out and buy the straws for the project—even if it would have only cost $10 for 100,000 of them. He took the harder route, working with Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and hundreds of volunteers to gather used straws over the course of half a year. A local builder then helped to construct the frame that would support the “waves” of plastic. To generate maximum awareness, the installation was located at the Estella Place shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City. On his blog, Von Wong says “The Parting of the Plastic Sea” isn’t only about straws. He writes: “It’s about taking a first step towards paying attention to the plastic epidemic threatening the…
Negotiators of the European Parliament, Council and Commission struck a provisional agreement early Wednesday morning (19 December) on banning single-use plastic products like cutlery and food containers, in what is one of the most quickly finalised proposals in recent EU memory.
To accelerate the reduction of CO2 emissions along its entire value chain, European dairy cooperative Arla Foods and its 9.700 farmer owners recently launched the first European wide, incentivized climate check program.
Aldi Italia has announced a new strategy – Aldi, Mission Im-Ballo! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – for the reduction and reuse of packaging waste.In line with its social res…
Not all monsters are bad, at last those by design that carry an environmental message aimed at kids. Wild Republic, an international toy company committed to the development of high quality plush and toys that nurture children and encourage a love of nature, introduces Monsterkins, “a ground-breaking, new eco-friendly plush line just in time for Earth Day.” “Created for the Earth by the Earth”, Monsterkins are sustainably made and arrive with a en eco-friendly backstory: the monsters eat discarded plastic water bottles. As part of the company’s greater social initiative, Promise to the Planet, a portion of the proceeds from the new line will support animal rescue. “It was important for us to develop a fun and innovative plush line like Monsterkins made from 100% recycled water bottles, and that also helps to educate our children about the importance of improving our planet,” says Vishnu Chandran, president of Wild Republic. “The fun story behind the line engages children to learn more about our planet, different ecosystems, and the importance of conserving and respecting our planet.