Environment Not For Sale

Environmental law in Africa

Foreign investment can play a critical role in improving the economic conditions in developing countries. As a result, many African countries are keen to have foreign based companies invest and set up shop within their borders. Foreign investment is hardly free, in most cases foreign companies benefit in some or other way from operating in a foreign jurisdiction. They may benefit from a number of advantages including the natural resources such country has to offer, corporate tax rates, and from lax environmental laws. Where environmental laws are concerned, it may be that in the company’s country of origin there are… read more

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

Name And Shame

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In many jurisdictions a distinction is made between company records that must be made available to the public by law, and records that companies may disclose at its own discretion. There has been some debate in the legal fraternity as to whether company documents pertaining to environmentally hazardous activity falls within the ambit of compulsory public disclosure. Looking at the nature and theme of records that are subject to compulsory public disclosure, the one underlying common factor is that disclosure of such records serves some or other public interest. For instance, laws of a country may require that a company disclose… read more

Endorsing Green Products

Endorsing products to be green

Consumer protection law, simply explained, is a field charged with the responsibility of protecting the general public from any form of undue exploitation by retailers and service providers. With the dawn of “going green” trends globally, the consumer is being lobbied and bombarded with campaigns to migrate to green living. These rigorous campaigns have opened opportunity for false and misleading advertising. Many consumers are heeding the call to go green. Consequently, many people concern themselves with the environmental effects of the products they purchase for domestic use. This in turn has prompted many manufacturers to endorse their products with environmental… read more

Bottling It Up

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Currently, Finland generates the lowest packaged waste of all European countries. This could in part be due to the nation’s bottle law, which requires the use and return of refillable bottles. Beginning implementation in the mid 1970s, the law requires that all take-out drink and alcoholic beverages produced in Finland be packaged in returnable bottles. Consumers of these beverages pay a small deposit fee upon purchase, which is refunded once the bottles are returned. The packaging ordinance has resulted in Finland’s soft drink and beer manufacturers conforming to design parameters to ensure all bottles can be reused, and refillable plastic… read more

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Advertising is all around us. Unless you are in a remote area and completely unplugged, then advertising is a daily sightseeing event. One artist spinning around the web, Etienne Lavie, is bringing some real attention to just how prevalent it is. Cleverly replacing what normally appears on the signs and billboards throughout the cityscape of Paris streets with renowned paintings brings a dramatized view of how signage can invade our lives, without us even noticing. The project is called “OMG, who stole my ads?” and it literally transforms the barrage of signs that people who are out and about see… read more

Sustainable Packaging Designs

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Packaging and waste can go hand in hand in the realm of consumerism. A 10 year span that was examined in Europe did see a positive drop in packaging waste, by 43% throughout 27 states due to better recycling techniques, according to the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the U.S. produced at least 243 million tons of waste in 2009 alone, however over 80 million tons were kept out of landfills due to recycling and composting (Mother Nature Network). Recycling efforts are positive approaches. However, the question of availability for smarter packaging… read more

Swaziland Unplugs

Swaziland unplugs

Communication is a necessary element of human existence. It is arguably the most treasured ability that humans possess, so much so that there are many modes of communication and as much media. One such media is the telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. Many homes and business entities in and around Swaziland have been using, and still use the telephone to communicate with other persons on a daily basis. The demand for telephones continues to rise, despite the popularity of other media such as email, cellular phone and social websites. In the past, a rise in demand meant… read more

The Greenwash Guide

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Greenwash is alive and well across the globe. Today’s consumers are swamped with “eco-friendly” advertising and marketing messages that simply don’t come clean in the wash. Greenwash occurs when marketers seek to entice customers through unsubstantiated, fabricated or exaggerated environmental claims. In a market economy where the “green dollar” is a powerful force, we are swimming in products and services supposedly rich with environmental or sustainability benefits. But amid all the noise of organisations “going green”, why should we even care whether a few fibs are told along the way? As Futerra say in The Greenwash Guide: “Greenwash isn’t simply… read more

Inspiring Interiors

Inspiring Interiors

People tend to gravitate to rooms that are pulled together and adorned with a little style. Even though happy with a space, having a look at other rooms can conjure up some inspiration or provide a fresh outlook. These rooms from Ganna Design aren’t afraid to use a mix match of items. Modern and repurposed pieces are both used, and the space is pulled together by color and texture. The composed rooms lend to a calm feeling that culminates in a relaxing but operative area. Intended as an office studio, there are separate creative zones but the floor plan allows… read more