Who is phasing out what

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Volunteer Image Author TheDigitalArtist

The world is phasing out fossil-fuels, old polluting vehicles, plastic products, toxic substances, nuclear power, biofuel, incandescent light bulbs, ozone depleting substances, waste imports, second hand clothes, food waste, and ivory trade. These are either gradual phase outs or immediate bans. So, who exactly is phasing out what? Read ahead to find out.

Who is phasing out fossil-fuels?

Who is phasing out old polluting vehicles?

Who is phasing out plastic products?

Who is phasing out toxic substances?

Who is phasing out nuclear power?

Who is phasing out biofuel?

Who is phasing out incandescent light bulbs?

Who is phasing out ozone depleting substances?

Who is phasing out waste imports?

Who is phasing out second hand clothes?

Who is phasing out ivory trade?

 Who is banning food waste?

Who is banning deforestation?

Last Edited: April 4 2018

How I ended up writing for Green Fashion Week

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Me in a Patagonia jacket from its Worn Wear collection and a cross-body bag from ThredUp, an online second hand goods shop. Worn Wear celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer through repair and reuse, and recycles your garments when they’re beyond repair. Jeans is a Benetton, which has lasted for so many years that I’ve lost count.
Fashion plays a big part of my life and I love to tinker with it. At the same time, I try to make more conscious decisions when it comes to shopping. I follow Miraslova Duma and Future Tech Lab very closely. I take inspiration from a lot of sustainable fashion folks out there, I’m glad that there are so many! Below are my blogs related to sustainable fashion:

This had to lead me to Green Fashion Week, something I’ve closely followed for some time now. Green Fashion Week (GFW) is a non-profit international event supported by GD Major and FSA and patronized by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

It is a pleasure for me that I now blog for Green Fashion Week. My first article is up! Read ‘The Future of Secondhand Fashion Market‘. I hope you like it.

Are you into Sustainable Fashion too? Hit me a reply and let’s talk!

Here’s your freebie! – Environment & Sustainability Web Resources

Looking for free web resources on environment and sustainability? Click here to access it! 

It’s first of the many freebies I’m going to create for you. All of which can be accessed from here, anytime you want.

This first freebie is a list of web resources covering environment and sustainability in general. I’ve taken all my years of web search and came up with this list of web resources – websites, newspapers, educational, etc.

Why free? Because everyone needs to start somewhere and it saves your time.

Happy reading!

Anuja

Happy New Year!

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Looking back. Literally. :D

Hello all,

Here’s wishing you all a very happy new year! I hope you have had a great start to it. I wanted to start by thanking you all for reading my blogs from 2017. I’ve listed some of them below in different categories that were particularly liked more than the others.

I also got a chance to interact with Vritti who is making a difference in the environmental movement through her company Vritti Designs. I wish her more power and success. She will be an inspiration for me for years to come and hopefully for you as well.

It is also amazing to see that all of you are spread across the whole wide world. I love making friends around the world, so come and say hi sometime. :)

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2017 viewers, I know where you live, haha! Thank you all for reading!

Sustainable investing 101

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Volunteer Image Author Nattanan23

As a young independent adult, one of the things I’m learning about is investing. I want to be able to invest and at the same time bring about a social change. This blog post contains basic terminologies, who this is for, how to start with sustainable investing and some resources if you are still interested. This kind of investing goes by several names and approaches such as:

  • Socially responsible investing (SRI)
  • Sustainable investing
  • Responsible investing
  • Impact investing
  • Ethical investing
  • Green investing
  • Socially conscious investing
  • Community investing
  • Positive investing
  • Green bonds
  • Climate bonds
  • Eco-investing
  • Development impact bonds
  • Ethical banking
  • Purpose-driven finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Investment

Who is this for?

Sustainable investing is for everyone and according to experts it doesn’t mean low returns. It is not just for those who care about bringing about social change.

How do I start?

Whenever starting something new, research is inevitable. I’m not an expert but this might help:

  • Find out if a local bank has portfolios such as socially responsible mutual funds and sectoral investments. Back in India, it was difficult for me to explain this to a bank or a portfolio manager because there this concept is not widespread. However, it is catching up. In 2014, India was the first country to mandate a minimum spend on corporate social responsibility initiatives.
  • Divest from investments that do not align with this strategy.
  • Hire an investment advisory firm that specialize in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the selection and management of investments.
  • Fund projects that want to bring about social change.

Resources:

 

10 reasons why we need green spaces in urban areas

The reasons why we need green spaces are various, whether they are indoors and outdoors, but with real plants and trees:

  1. Psychology: People are happier with trees around them. Trees provide a lot of health benefits.
  2. Refreshing: Trees purify the air we breathe. They bring down pollution and improve air quality.
  3. Bonds people: It brings us all together. Green spaces are shared by everyone – poor, rich, black, white, brown, any caste and creed. It fosters friendship.
  4. Safety: Green spaces makes a place more accessible to vulnerable groups such as women, senior citizens and children.
  5. Energy: Trees conserve energy, they give us shade.
  6. Urban heat island: Trees help reduce the creation of urban heat islands, an urban area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding areas.
  7. Water: Trees are a natural water filter. They act as mini reservoirs for storm water runoff. They retain water that would otherwise erode the land.
  8. Habitat: Trees provide a habitat for species in an urban area. They increase biodiversity if planted the right way.
  9. Noise: Trees act as a noise buffer.
  10. Business value: Green spaces are aesthetically pleasing, they add a feel good factor to cities. This increases the value for businesses as well as homes.