On the 27th May 2017 the Australian documentary, A Plastic Ocean, was premiered in Taipei. Translated into traditional Chinese especially for our event, more than 250 people arrived to watch one of the most powerful stories concerning the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. more “A Plastic Ocean – Taiwanese Premiere”
Recently, we have been lucky enough to go exploring. First to Sanya, on the tropical Island of Hainan, located off the South coast of the China. Then, to a small town called El Nino in Palawan, Philippines. These islands, a little over 1000 km’s from each other, are both nestled in the South China sea. Even, though they share a lot of similarities, there are some very different attitudes about plastic pollution.
In Taiwan, the 28th February 2017 was designated as Peace Memorial Day (二二八事件). On the 28th February 1947, an anti-government uprising in Taiwan was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government, which killed thousands of civilians. What better day then to go clean some beaches and help give something back to the Taiwanese people. more “Beach Cleaning – Keelong, Taiwan”
As part of our new Upcycle series, One Brown Planet was proud to host the very first DIY rag rug DIY workshop. So, on Sunday the 26th Feb a group of 20 volunteers gathered at the Red Room in Taipei to help make rugs for the local homeless. more “DIY Workshops – Rag Rugs for the Homeless (Session 1)”
When you create a sustainable house for green living, you are creating a house that is healthy, light and inviting. A sustainable house should compliment the environment and utilise the many free gifts available.
Below are some of the best tips and guidelines available, for creating a house that is safer and more sustainable.
We live in confusing times!
Food resources are stretched to the limit and for the ethical consumer, how to make sustainable, healthy and practical choices? There is so much to consider – animal welfare, food waste, human welfare, land erosion, unsustainable practices, deforestation and so on.
How can we make sense of it all? And how can we help?
Climate change and the natural variability of water’s distribution and occurrence are natural driving forces that, when combined with the pressures from economic growth and major population change, make global water conservation a challenge.
A lot of people believe that the majority of water we use comes out of our tap. What we use at home represents only a small fraction of the water we use every day.
Single-use coffee pods have become a status symbol around the world. The reality is, that coffee has now become part of the global environmental disaster that is our disposable economy. There are now billions of the sleek aluminium and plastic capsules ending up in landfill every year. There has to be a better way!
Maybe even something that George Clooney would approve of?
Walking, what is it good for? Actually, quite a lot! Simply by opting to leave your car in the garage you will be reducing your carbon footprint considerably. Reducing your carbon footprint is only one benefit of walking too…
OK, so maybe Bokashi isn’t actually a secret organisation of martial artists working to protect our world.
It may actually be more important.
Bokashi is actually an ancient Japanese method, converting food and organic wastes into a potent natural fertiliser. Whilst similar in nature to composting, there are a few subtle differences which we can run through in this article. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 13. Bokashi – A New Mindset”
My bet is that you are rich. I mean financially rich, just like me, just like all of us.
How do I know this?
It’s too cold, too hot, it’s raining, too sunny, snowing, blowing…it always is. But that’s no excuse, get out off the couch, go outdoors and start walking, past the shopping malls and bars and get back into nature.
Around 50% of all your energy bills go towards heating or cooling your house. So before you reach for the thermostat, why don’t you run check through our list and make sure you have the easy options covered! Let’s try and increase energy efficiency not decrease, you’ll be saving money and the planet!
Seems like everything we do these days pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Eating, drinking, heating, cooling, walking the dog, the dog, buying clothes, wearing clothes, riding, driving, flying! Hell, you are putting CO2 into the atmosphere just by sitting there reading this blog.
But enough already! There must be something effortless, quick and painless that I can do to stop this madness, without having to sacrifice any of the things I enjoy, I hear you say.
Well, there is. Sounds too good to be true right? Read on…
Thanks for checking out this week’s blog for the ladies, concerning sanitary products. OK, so coming from a guy this may sound a little but contentious, but I consulted with my wife and she is happy for me to continue.
A hippy, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary,
‘(especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs’ –
(of a woman) having large hips. ‘she looked very hippy in her jeans’
As Bruce Lee once told us “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
And when I talk about doing the hard work today to be ready for tomorrow, I am of course talking about food shopping.
more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 6. Preparation is Key”
Written by Melanie Brown
5 gift ideas for people who have everything. Literally.
We’ve all been there. Society tells us that it’s time to buy stuff to show a friend, family member, your wife or boyfriend, just how much you care.
Birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, someone has had a baby or someone is getting married. We feel pressured to buy stuff to show how much we care about these things and for the people who are experiencing them. But these behaviours come at a cost. For example, UK-based Waste Connect estimates that each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone!
But what if there was a different way to celebrate special events? A way that is almost zero carbon and doesn’t help contribute to the billions of tonnes of waste dumped across the globe each year. more “What to give someone who has everything?”
Is it possible to freeze food without plastic? Is it safe and what kind of foods can you actually freeze?
The Zero Waste Chef talks about this and some great idea’s in her latest blog. more “How to Freeze Food Without Using Plastic”