Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia listers in the Social Entrepreneurs category have been dedicating their time to solving the region’s problems and creating opportunities to better the lives of those around them. Farmers especially have been the center of attention for many of this year’s crop of social entrepreneurs. After 2016’s Typhoon Nock-ten, Louise Mabulo was raising donations for the storm’s victims when she noticed that, while the storm had destroyed about 80% of her town’s rice fields and coconut trees, its cacao trees had survived the onslaught. So the next years she set up The Cacao Project to get local farmers to plant more of the typhoon-resistant trees. While the typhoon in 2016 was particularly bad, the area of San Fernando, 380 kilometers southeast of Manila, is regularly battered by typhoons. “Every year there’s a typhoon and there’s a need for diversification,” she says. Registered as a sole proprietorship, … [Read more...] about From Economic Empowerment To Waste Management, These 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs Are Making An Impact In Asia
Raising awareness of plastic waste
Mohammed Ashfaq, managing director of the Bengaluru-based Plastobag Industries, recalls the incident that spurred him to make biodegradable plastics. One day in 2011, when he entered his home, his 12-year-old daughter, who had just learnt about the environmental ills of plastic, berated her father, “Papa, you are polluting the entire city.” That made Mr. Ashfaq want to do something that would make his daughter proud, he said. The research he began that year culminated in the commercial production of eco-friendly plastics at his factory in early 2018. Today, 35%, or more than a third, of his products are biodegradable, he said. Plastobag is one of the sixteen companies in India that have permission from the Central Pollution Control Board to make bioplastics. (‘Bioplastics’ is used here to mean biodegradable, although it can have other meanings). Between them, these manufacturers make carry bags, cutlery, films, food containers, and bin liners. Unlike conventional plastics, these … [Read more...] about Bioplastics: the solution to India’s plastic pollution woes?
Source: Karen S. Freeman / iMore After spending a good deal of money on my 13-inch MacBook Pro , I certainly want to keep it safe and protected while on the go. A great MacBook Pro sleeve allows me to carry it safely to my local coffee shop or stow it in a carry-on bag while traveling. I've found the Incase Compact Sleeve w/BIONIC® fits the bill beautifully. Its construction is solid, the fit and finish are excellent, and it's nicely padded. This slim sleeve even has a generously sized front pocket to store a charger or other accessories. The "BIONIC®" in the title refers to the materials used to make this laptop sleeve. BIONIC® yarn is a high-grade, recovered continuous filament yarn. It is durable and abrasion-resistant with micro ripstop qualities to protect your MacBook. BIONIC® yarn is created from plastic pollution recovered from marine and coastal environments. Each sleeve contains the equivalent of seven plastic bottles. So, you can feel good about doing your part … [Read more...] about Incase Compact Sleeve w/BIONIC® review: MacBook sleeve made from recycled plastic
The death of a father of two who is believed to have been crushed to death in a waste lorry has been ruled an accident by a jury. Adam Forrester, 30, had been enjoying a night out in Hanley, Staffordshire, just hours before his body was discovered in a pile of waste as it was being sorted. Now, almost four years on from the tragedy on September 12, 2017, an inquest has been held into his death. The jury heard that the dispensing assistant had been staying at the Macari Centre in Hanley. Mr Forrester had gone out that night with a friend, who lost sight of him at a nightclub. The last image of him alive was caught on CCTV as he walked along Trinity Street at 3.26am. Adam Forrester (pictured), 30, had been enjoying a night out in Hanley, Staffordshire, just hours before his body was discovered in a pile of waste as it was being sorted It is thought he may have climbed into, or fallen into, a commercial waste bin nearby. There had been a rainstorm that night and one … [Read more...] about Father of two who was ‘crushed to death’ in a commercial waste lorry after drunken night out died accidentally, jury rules
Many people have asked me when I plan to retire. I don’t, I tell them. As long as my mind, body and spirit allow me, I will soldier on to contribute in whatever way I can to make the world a better place for myself and for others. Some seem genuinely perplexed as to why I would want to continue working for the rest of my life when I could do nothing more exhausting than to sip margaritas and hang around all day long. Well, because doing nothing would be extremely boring and akin to a living death for me, and because I don’t want the neural connections in my brain to die. At this point, I often get strange looks from the retirement-endorsing people. Like, what has retirement got to do with the brain? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Keeping busy and active throughout your life is one of the key ways to promote neuroplasticity of the brain; thus my intention to keep doing that till I die! I’m sure many of us have heard the old theory that the brain is a physiologically static organ … [Read more...] about Your brain can be plastic if you want