Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tesla Motors Releases its Sustainable Transportation Patents to the World

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, in a June 12, 2014 blog entry titled All Our Patent Are Belong to You, announces that Tesla is supporting the open source movement, and releasing its sustainable transport technologies to the global public.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Their goal: to accelerate the advancement of green car technology, and how it is made available, affordable to motorists around the world. Musk talks about how the building of walls, the "laying of intellectual property landmines," would be doing the opposite of what Tesla stands for.

He also talks about the competition being the mass of gasoline cars being manufactured, and not the minority of non-Tesla electric vehicles produced by competitors. Tesla, he admits, cannot assemble vehicles "fast enough to address the carbon crisis."

Now, Tesla is sharing its patents in the hopes that other can pool their intellectual resources can improve on these technologies while making these more affordable. Soon, car makers could begin manufacturing larger fleets of quality electric vehicles, and selling them to the public at more affordable prices.

Tesla Motors is ushering in a green car revolution. It's probable electric cars could outsell gasoline cars in the near future. Let's hope that happens soon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Green Philippines 2014: the Biggest Green Movement in the Philippines

Climate Change Endangers the Philippines

The Philippines is a center for climate change. It is vulnerable to monstrous typhoons, deadly earthquakes, and other natural phenomenon caused by global warming. These disasters kill thousands of Filipinos, and cause billions of Pesos in damages to infrastructure and properties each year.

We need to change. There are many climate solutions available to us, but many of us lack the funds and information to invest in these products and technologies already being used by other countries.

Fortunately, Philippine businesses are in a unique position to invest in sustainable solutions that can help the environment and increase profits simultaneously. Businesses can also serve as examples for individuals, organizations, and other businesses to emulate.

Introducing Green Philippines

Green Philippines is the country's biggest annual display of environment-friendly products and technologies. It is the convention of choice for businesses that manufacture, sell, and purchase sustainable solutions.

To date, more than 21,438 visitors have visited the show, with 19,508 of them making purchasing decisions. Among these visitors, 1,508 are managers. More than 25 million Pesos worth of sales deals have been closed on-site since the beginning of this show.

The Green Philippines show features three sections yearly: Green Living & Lifestyle (environmental products and services for everyday living), Green Manufacturing (green technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of various manufacturing processes), and Enviro-tech Philippines (focusing on environmental management technologies, as well as those related to air, energy, water and waste control).

The show is also held simultaneously with Green Construct (sustainable building and construction technologies) and Green Energy (renewable energy technologies, services, and business opportunities).

There will also be pavilions including the Green Transportation Pavilion and the Eco-Tourism Pavilion, as well as a Greenovation Forum.

What to Expect at This Year's Green Philippines

Green Philippines 2014 will be held from September 25-27, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Metro Manila. Exhibitors and attendees are all invited to participate in the show.

As the Philippines progresses towards becoming the Southeast Asian leader in renewable energy, there are more opportunities and incentives for businesses, organizations, and individuals to go green and invest in a sustainable future.

There is something eco-friendly for every at Green Philippines 2014. Your complete Green Solution.

For more information, please contact the event organizer, Global-Link MP Events International, Inc at telephone numbers (02) 750-8588 or email info@globallinkmp.com.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ian Somerhalder is Newest United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador

The Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder, who is also president of his very own Ian Somerhalder Foundation, was designated a United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador on June 5, 2014.

Ian Somerhalder gives a speech on Earth Day 2014.

The announcement was made in Bridgetown, the capital of the small island nation of Barbados, during this year's World Environment Day.

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner said, "Ian Somerhalder is a committed environmentalist who has the capacity to inspire millions of fans worldwide to support conservation and green living."  Read the full press release HERE.

Ian Somerhalder speaks on World Environment Day from UNEP on Vimeo.

He joins UNEP ambassadors Don Cheadle, Gisele Bündchen, Yaya Touré in requesting help for Small Island Developing States around the world. Thus, the theme of this year's WED celebration: "Activities Around the Globe: Small Island Developing States and Climate Change."

The 2014 WED Challenge encourages us to participate in the greening of our world: "We are all connected. The challenges faced by islands will face us all. So, every action we take to reduce waste and mitigate climate change counts. Join one of our teams and pledge to make a difference by taking action for WED."

Choose from one of these four environmental causes, and make a difference:

"Power Down" with Don Cheadle;

"Reduce Your FOODprint" with Gisele Bündchen;

"Connect to Go Greener" with Ian Somerhalder;

or "Purge Plastics" with Yaya Touré. I can't find a video of him directly asking us to join his WED Challenge team. But, he's in the campaign video below.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Toxic Watercolors with High Lead Content Being Sold in Manila

The EcoWaste Coalition warns the public against buying Philippine-made Artex Fine Water Colors manufactured by Venus Commercial Co., Inc., which has no valid licence to operate nor a pending application for the license.

These water color sets being sold in bargain districts like Divisoria and Balcaran have tested positive for high amounts of lead, which could cause irreparable damage to children's brains if ingested.

Tests were conducted by the Department of Health's (DOH) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Central Laboratory, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

News reports state that maximum tolerable limit for lead content of 90 parts per million (ppm) was exceeded by the samples tested. In fact, one report mentioned that the products lead content ranged anywhere from 5,900 to 37,000 ppm.

The highest toxicity was found on the yellow watercolor blocks.

Moreover, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) prohibits the use of led in manufacturing school supplies, among other products.

As the 2014 school year begins, students and parents must be careful in buying school supplies. Thus, the EcoWaste Coalition's "waste-free, toxic-free back-to-school" campaign. 


The brand Artex didn't ring a bell, at first. But when I saw a photograph of their water colors, I distinctly remember using it (or something that looks exactly like it) when I was in my Kindergarten and early elementary school years.

*All photos by EcoWaste Coalition, found through Google Search.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Nicole Dextras Transforms Green Fashion into Ephemeral Art

Nicole Dextras is an environmental artist known for creating ephemeral clothes using various plant materials. She creates different kinds of eco art depending on the four seasons. For example, she works on outdoor plants during the summer and ice during the winter.

Nicole Dextras's Nomadik Harvest Dress
Photograph taken on July 1, 2012. Downloaded from McMichael Canadian Art Collector's Flickr Page

Dextras spent plenty of time in mother's dress shop in Ontario, Canada when she was young. Thus, her fondness for designing clothes. For college, she studied at the Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, Canada, where she's also been teaching for more than a decade.

Nicole Dextras's Nomadik Harvest Dress
Photograph taken on July 1, 2012. Downloaded from McMichael Canadian Art Collector's Flickr Page

Dextras has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions yearly since the early 1990s. More than just a place to find new plant materials for her art, the forest serves as a source of inspiration for the artist.

The Weedrobes Wardrobe--featured in this blog post's photos and video--is one of Dextas's recent summer art projects. Made from branches, leaves, flowers, fruits, thorns, and other plant materials, the clothes in these collection are 100 percent compostable.

Nicole Dextras's Nomadik Harvest Dress
Photograph taken on July 1, 2012. Downloaded from McMichael Canadian Art Collector's Flickr Page

She makes statements on nature appreciation and consumer culture by having models wear her clothes and publicly exhibit them in urban settings. She makes people see the ephemeral beauty of nature, before time to save her runs out.

Here is a short feature on Dextras and her Weedrobes Wardrobe project:

For more on Nicole Dextras and her green fashion, visit her official website.


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