If the Iranian-Armenian entrepreneur Devig Davudi succeeds in his initiative of making waste useful in different forms, the woodworking workshops will not throw away the wood waste and the citizens will no longer leave cardboard at garbage cans. Most Importantly, trying to turn waste into a resource, the new business will ease equally the work of waste management companies, the city authorities as well as the task of fuel manufacturers. Davudi moved from Iran to Yerevan with a family around ten years ago. First, he worked for an international organization operating in Armenia, then decided to permanently stay in the motherland. Concerns about environmental protection, air pollution as well as driven by an idea of establishing a business in Armenia led him to manufacturing ecologically clean wood bricks. After years of experimenting with sawdust and paper pulp through compressing and processing them, the businessman says today the results are quite encouraging to share … [Read more...] about Iranian-Armenian entrepreneur presents Hurak – an environmentally-friendly wood brick to replace cordwood
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The city of Madrid has activated new traffic restrictions aimed at reducing the current high levels of air pollution in the Spanish capital. Starting on Wednesday, the older, most polluting vehicles are not being allowed within the perimeter of the M-30 ring road or on the beltway itself. Additionally, the speed limit on the M-30 has been set at 70 kilometers per hour. Police checks are in place to prevent vehicles without the right environmental sticker from entering the city center Police checks are in place to prevent vehicles without the right environmental sticker from entering the city center, where further regulations apply as part of a new mobility plan from City Hall called Madrid Central, which covers 472 hectares and introduces a raft of new restrictions. Cameras will also monitor license plates of vehicles that enter the area. Environmental stickers are issued by the Spanish traffic authority DGT, and the ones allowing access to central Madrid are those classified as … [Read more...] about Madrid City Hall bans older, more polluting cars from city center
Two 19-year-old friends from Pembrokeshire are running an ethical lifestyle business with the aim of changing attitudes towards environmentally-harmful products. Will Brooks and Imogen Wright, founders of Little Orange Shop, make 100% vegan and non-toxic natural candles. The candles, hand-made in a small barn in Treffgarne owned by Ms Wright’s parents, have a soy base and are free from animal products, petroleum and artificial dyes, using only natural fragrances. Their current range includes coconut, vanilla, coffee, orange and cinnamon scented vegan candles. They have now sold more than 160 candles and anticipate demand to grow as Christmas nears. "As the summer months come to an end and autumn/winter roll in, we expect to see a clear increase in sales," said Ms Wright. "Candles are more fashionable in the colder months, as people want to feel warm and comfortable. We also have Christmas markets in London and Cardiff where we hope to drive sales. "With this in mind we’ve … [Read more...] about Bright start for environmentally-friendly candle firm
It's difficult nowadays to walk around Bristol city centre without noticing how the city's landscape is evolving. Whether it is the cranes, which now dominate the city's skyline, or the roadworks which have only magnified the ongoing traffic and transport issues which have plagued Bristol for years; the city is changing. Bristol is in the midst of a major transformation and how it will eventually look is still undecided as planning permission is continually granted for a vast range of new projects. Bristol City Council has said that 2,864 new homes are set to be finished in the 2019/20 financial year and there are some huge redevelopment projects in the pipeline which include the ever controversial Temple Island. But what exactly will the cranes and construction sites leave behind, once development is complete? Here we run down some of the biggest projects currently under construction in Bristol. Temple Quay North Two 11-storey towers are planned for this small patch of the city which … [Read more...] about Every addition to the Bristol city centre landscape
Look around any self-respecting middle-class living room and it’s likely that a sleek, black wood-burning stove will be glowing in the corner. Often seen as the trendy, eco alternative to cranking up the heating, 1.5 million have been sold across Britain, with 200,000 sold annually. But recently, woodburners seem to have become public enemy number one. Researchers have identified that they emit tiny particles, known as PM2.5, which is the most harmful type of air pollution and is linked to heart attacks, strokes, cancer and dementia. Experts at King’s College London found that wood-burning in the capital accounts for up to 31 per cent of the city’s particulate pollution, which has led the Mayor... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Wood-burning stoves: what are the rules and which are the most environmentally friendly ones?