As Jair Bolsonaro became the new president of Brazil on Sunday 28th October, fears are growing especially regarding the protection of the environment under his presidency. The international community -except some other countries run by climate sceptic- as well as many Brazilian people fear that it will at least harm a lot (and at worst destroy) the environment in Brazil and all around the world. His new presidency may endanger even more global balance by making climate change accelerating above the 1,5°C limit set by the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report. Let’s take a closer look at what he plans and what it could mean for Brazilian and global environment.
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As you may have seen on our Facebook (click here) or Instagram page (click here) , we took part in a plastic straw collection two weeks ago, organized by Zero Waste Saigon and at the benefit of the artist Benjamin Von Wong, whose work aims at raising awareness about plastic pollution. We wanted to find out more about it, so we interviewed Klara, who works at Zero Waste Saigon. Let’s learn more about this operation and the company!
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As the green carpet award were held three weeks ago in La Scala in Milan to close the fashion week, let’s look back and learn more about sustainable fashion.
First, this event -the green carpet award- is brand new, since its first edition was held in 2017! It was partly organized by the founder of Eco-Age (Eco-Age is a specialist in sustainability and communications consultancy), Livia Fifth, to encourage and internationally recognize sustainable fashion. She benefited from the help of many well-known high-fashion houses, such as Valentino, Prada or Gucci, who were really committed to this event and disclosed their emerging green labels to raise awareness about sustainable fashion. It also aims at rehabilitating ancestral craftmanship, such as cobblery, which Italia is full of.
In a nutshell, one could say that beyond giving award, the goal really is to point fashion in the right path and initiate a real transition. To understand better the values and traditional approach this Green Carpet Award is about, let’s look closer to three of the winners of this year: The cobblers of Ferragamo for the art of craftsmanship award; Suzy Menkes (International Editor for 21 international editions of Vogue online) for the visionary award; and Donatella Versace (artistic director for the Versace house) for the CNMI (Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, ie National Chamber of Italian Fashion) in recognition for sustainability award.
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It is high time the fashion industry shifts to a greener and more sustainable approach.
As Paris fashion week is coming to an end and the fashion week season is almost over, one should turn back and look at what can be remembered in the area of sustainable and green fashion. The answer is actually not in Paris, but in Helsinki (20th – 25th July 2018, founded and organized by Evelyn Mora, a 26 years old entrepreneur) and -more famously- in Milan (18th – 24th September 2018). The fashion industry represents a challenge for the environment: fast fashion, polluting raw materials or bad production methods can really damage it, not to mention the waste it can represent or the danger for people working on such factories. This is all reasons why one has to find an alternative. But most importantly, the fashion weeks begin to raise awareness about environmental issues and challenges ahead of them, that is a major step to help people mobilize and being involve in protecting the environment and pushing for a more sustainable fashion development.
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The environmental question : a key issue
Vietnam has undergone extraordinary economic transformations since the mid-1980s. Indeed, the government initiated a policy of renewal (“Doi moi”) in order to revitalize the country’s economic growth and facilitate the country’s opening on the international scene.
This economic reform had a major impact on the environment. Indeed, Vietnam is an actor and a victim of environmental degradation. The choice of this type of development based on exports and trade liberalization contribute to increase external demands on natural resources.
The spirit of industrial expansion and increasing regional and global consumption is transforming several regions; Vietnam is currently in a state of environmental crisis.
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What is energetic transition?
The notion of energetic transition is defined as a phase of transformation from an energy system based on the use of fossil fuels, to an energy system based on renewable energies. the energetic transition appeared in 1980 in Germany, this notion is articulated around 3 axes, called “energy trilemma”: Here are the 3 axes representing the major stakes of the energetic transition
- Energy security: ensuring reliable energy supply to meet current and future demand
- Energy equity: making energy accessible to emerging countries at an acceptable economic cost
- Sustainable environment: Improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energies.
Key figures, law, stakes and objectives, we give you the key elements to understand the energy transition.
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What is microplastic ?
Microplastic is defined as a fine plastic particle less than 5 mm in diameter. There are two types depending on the formation process : primary and secondary microsplastics. Primary microsplastics are synthesized as additives in the cosmetic (exfoliant, toothpaste), petrochemical (industrial plastic granulate, industrial abrasive) and clothing (synthetic fiber) sectors. Secondary microplastics result from the degradation of larger elements (bottles, tires, laundry clothes) reduced into fragments by the action of the sun and micro-organisms.
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In 2014, the yearly production of plastics rose at 311 million of tons, and the forecasts reach 933 million of tons by 2050. For the past decades, China has imported most wastes from the EU and the US to recycle them. But since the beginning of November, China decided to stop most of these imports in order to treat their own wastes first. The current problem is that no other country/economic zone has the appropriate structures to welcome as many wastes, particularly plastics. In addition to overcrowded dumpsites, many countries are throwing away their wastes in the oceans, what led to the formation of an eighth continent, made of plastic wastes.
Read more “What alternative to plastic?”
In our last article from November 13th, we dealt with industrial/citizen initiatives incorporating wastes in production processes. This time, we will discuss about hazardous waste, that we can’t use in production. In France in 2015, 6.8 million tons of hazardous wastes have been treated, a 4.5% increase compared to 2014. Between scandal and lobby, hazardous waste management is a complex question, creating conflicts with associations, companies and politicians. In fact, all the non-recyclable wastes are useless when they are consumed. What are the solution to transform and make it useful ?
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Next Gold rush
According to Antoine Frerot, CEO of VEOLIA, wastes will be the gold mines of the 21st century. Indeed, the future lies in the salvage and use of our wastes. The explanation is simple: on one hand, we drain our natural resources in order to respond to our needs, and on the other hand, these needs ceaselessly increase. From then on, the solution is to find alternatives to modify our economy in a circular model. Moreover, recycling our wastes would cost 6 to 25% less than burying (most used technic). The development of this activity would bring out many jobs. Still according to Antoine Frerot, a classic manufacture of plastic bottles (made from petrol products) would emit 70% more than a manufacture made from recycling.
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