Oct-Dec 2010

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Green Atmosphere Expects RM20 Million GDV For Its Garden Explore …
Bernama
He also said the project will be Malaysia’s first outdoor living mart that would … With a whole year round of events to be organised, the Garden Explore …
December 29, 2010

Recycled Jewelry Makes Beautiful, Unique Gifts
Artisans around the world are crafting eco friendly jewellery from food waste, recycled glass and stone, records and even breast milk. Also see more recycled jewellery and eco friendly jewellery buying tips.

Recycling is becoming second nature for people who are making an effort to sustain resources, express their creativity and save money at the same time. Lately, even more people have become inspired from seeing just how lovely a re-purposed piece of recycled jewellery can be. It is quite fashionable to show love for the planet by proudly wearing eco friendly earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery.

The stories that are told about the background of the jewellery pieces are inspiring as well as educational. Every day more people are opening up to supporting the environment by purchasing green jewellery.
A quick search turns up thousands of amazing materials used to design and craft green jewellery. For instance, most people would not think to use food as a source material, but many artisans are using it to fabricate recycled jewellery. A group in El Salvador offers a line of lovely earrings from recycled coconut shells. Aside from being beautiful, the recycled earrings benefit the planet. In addition, the proceeds provide assistance to local people in El Salvador. This is an example of the true meaning behind the worldwide recycling effort.
Other examples include recycled jewellery made from cereal, corn, pasta and even breast milk. Yep, a collective in France, Duende, actually fabricates human breast milk into plastic and makes jewellery out of it. Perhaps not surprisingly, this jewellery has been received with mixed reaction, even in the recycling community.

But there is virtually no end to the number of recycled materials that can be used to make jewellery and other items. Jewellery made from old bicycle tires, discarded soup cans and even the shavings from an old pair of snow skis is being offered online and at stores, boutiques and craft shows all over the world. People who appreciate the benefits of green jewellery are leaving no stone unturned in the search to find the most creative, unique and earth friendly objects to wear, sell and give away as gifts. Some of the more common objects that are used include recycled glass, stones, vinyl records and CD’s. Yet even with these materials, new pieces are created in exciting, unique ways. More unusual recycled jewellery is made from human teeth, hair, money and prosthetics.

When all is said and done, just what is recycled jewellery? And does the use of unconventional materials in making recycled jewellery distract from its purpose? Jewellery made from things already in existence decreases the need to further endanger the planet through the overuse and manufacturing of its resources. In the past few decades recycling has become not only a way to save money but a deliberate act to help ensure the Earth’s future existence. This is the essence of recycled jewellery, to conserve, preserve and help others. What materials are used to make it is a matter of taste. By most accounts, the material used to make recycled jewellery is far less important than the spirit behind the effort.
This article from GreatGreenIdea.com

RockTron launches fly ash technology in Asia

UK-based RockTron has signed a deal with Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to transform fly ash into materials such as fillers and extenders in polymers, as well as cementitous substances.

RockTron launched its recycled fly ash technology last year. The company extracts high performance fillers from the waste ash produced at coal-fired power stations, using the recovered products in bulk applications and some high performance fillers.

Dato’ Yazid Baba, Chairman of RockTron Asia, said: “We estimate there is over six billion tonnes of stockpiled fly ash in the world – half of this in Asia. This waste is made up of valuable minerals we have been literally throwing away for decades. Now, thanks to this agreement with TNB, we can start to reclaim, recycle and reuse these minerals.”
RockTron launched RockTron Asia in October. The company says that Malaysia alone produces two million tonnes of fly ash each year, and the country has 2.5 million tonnes stored in ash ponds.

The company also has a commercial scale reprocessing unit alongside the Fiddler’s Ferry power station at Widnes in the north-west of England. This first installation has the capacity to handle 200 tonnes an hour of pulverised fuel ash (PFA) from the power station, extracting from it a range of products including cenospheres (alumino-silicate hollow glass spheres), solid alumino-silicate microspheres, carbon and magnetite.

Last year, the company told European Plastics News that it has patented and exclusive licensed processes that take waste and separate it into useful minerals
Godfrey Short, director of business development at RockTron Ad-vanced Products, which aims to develop these high added value applications, said RockTron’s “PFA Beneficiation” process is highly efficient and produces no waste. And there is no shortage of raw material; there is an estimated 15m tonnes of PFA stockpiled on the Fiddler’s Ferry site alone and this is being topped up at the rate of 500,000 tonnes a year.

RockTron expects to be able to supply microspheres – which make up around 80 wt% of PFA – at a substantial cost saving over traditional alternatives. In part, this is because the raw material is a waste product that would otherwise incur a landfill tax.

Tests carried out at the Polymer Processing Centre at Queens University in Belfast on PA6,6 and PBT compounds have shown that the RockTron MinTron microspheres compare well with commercial alternatives in terms of their effect on rheology, tensile and flexural modulus, elongation at break and impact performance, according to Short.
December 09, 2010

New Tech Could Revolutionize Recycling
Discovery News
… recover pulp from laminated and other paper previously impossible to recycle. …which is already attracting interest in countries including Malaysia, …

December 06, 2010

Eye-opener for ‘green’ envoys
The Borneo Post
… all separated accordingly for recycle or reuse. … “On returning to Malaysia, I want to highlight the importance of Precautionary Development — which …
December 05, 2010

FRIM declared a National Heritage Site
Business Standard
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) recently celebrated the official declaration of its …”FRIM staff may use recycle bags and food containers. …
November 27, 2010

Meeting industry to green Malaysia
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition

Tourism Malaysia has launched a green programme for their business and events industry giving business visitors the chance to contribute to environmental conservation during their stay.Aptly named the Malaysia Business Tourism Green Programme, this initiative is spearheaded by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and gives all delegates visiting Malaysia the chance to contribute USD10 (RM31) as part of their event registration which will then go towards planting a tree in Malaysia.Contributions collected will be channelled to an established tree planting programme run by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).The Malaysia Business Tourism Green Programme was launched in support of the government’s commitment to offset carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020 and in line with the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘1Malaysia Green, 1Malaysia Clean’ campaign.The Minister for Tourism YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng says that the initiative has the potential to make a real difference in Malaysia.“For a convention of 3,000 delegates and a donation of USD10 per delegate, even if only 30 percent of the delegates choose to contribute, FRIM would be able to plant more than 270 trees in the event’s name,” she said.

“Even the smallest contribution can make a positive difference in leaving an ongoing environmental legacy in Malaysia by preserving, conserving and protecting nature.”

The first major international congress supporting the programme is the 18th World Congress of Accountants 2010, hosted from 8 to 11 November in Kuala Lumpur. The Congress is expected to attract 6,000 delegates, making it the largest international congress in Malaysia for the year.

November 22, 2010

William Chan adds up to exciting maths
Waverley Leader
 art work will inspire others to not only love maths but learn to recycle more.  Born and raised in Malaysia, Mr Chan taught at a number of schools 
November 21, 2010

Meeting Industry To Green Malaysia | e-Global Travel News
eGlobal Travel Media
Tourism Malaysia has launched a green programme for their business and events industry giving business visitors the chance to contribute to environmental …
November 19, 2010

Green tech is a priorityKUALA LUMPUR: Climate change will continue to be a priority agenda for Malaysia despite the global financial crisis, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the adoption of low carbon emission and environment-friendly technologies was the new economic driver in the country’s sustainable development strategy.

Najib said Malaysia was also focused on becoming the regional centre for green technology, especially solar energy by 2020 with over RM12bil in foreign direct investment pouring into solar photo-voltaic industry.

Eco-friendly products: (From left) Director of Fuminn Pte Ltd Singapore Junko Fukuda and Fumin Co. Ltd president Katsuo Yagisawa demonstrating the solar heat control coating technology to Najib at the International Greentech & Eco Products exhibition and conference at the KL Convention Centre Wednesday. — GLENN GUAN / The Star

“Greening the economy is more than just a development strategy. It is about transforming the way society thinks of and treats the environment,” he said when launching the inaugural International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference at the Kuala Lum­pur Convention Centre here yesterday.

Stressing on the importance of global environmental sustainability, Najib said the reckless use of resources and uncontrolled carbon emission had brought the world “very close to the brink of a global environment catastrophe.”

“Signs are beginning to appear that the world cannot take much more of modern man’s wanton disregard of its environment.

“It cannot be ‘business as usual’ as far as the environment is concerned. We join the world in our concern about the environmental threat arising from carbon emission,” said Najib.

Najib said Malaysia made a commitment at last year’s climate change summit in Copenhagen to reduce its carbon emission intensity per Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 40% by 2020 from its 2005 level.

He said Malaysia was working with developed nations in realising this goal, adding that the country offered a ready market in green technology and eco-products.

Plans were also underway through the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan to ensure renewable sources comprised 6% or 985MW of the national energy mix by 2015 and 11% or 2GW of the overall electricity generation by 2020, he added.

“We need to take a holistic approach that encompasses the development of green technology and green energy, the enhancement of resource productivity and conservation and the inculcation of green values,” he added.
October 14, 2010

Green Industry Event Expects To Attract 120000 Visitors 
By Bernama
Green Industry Event Expects To Attract 120000 Visitors. Posted on October 8, 2010 by admin. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (Bernama)– The upcoming International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2010 expects to 
October 8, 2010

Bringing Green into the Lives of Children through Hands-on Experiences
PR Web
Five students from the Malaysia Petaling Utama District were given a  with school children to educate them on the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 
October 1, 2010

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