environment

Why do Japanese recycle bins have two openings but dump everything into the same compartment?

One says cans, one says bottles, but they end up in the same place.

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Starbucks turns its milk packs into notebooks with popular Japanese stationery brand

Global coffeehouse chain sets out on a sustainable journey in Japan. 

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Japanese KitKats swap plastic bags for paper packaging with new origami feature

There’s a reason to feel less guilty about eating KitKats, now that they’re saving the wildlife from tonnes of plastic each year. 

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A tale on the etiquette of using Japan’s plastic umbrella covers

Our reporter gets a rude surprise while trying to ethically sheathe his umbrella.

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Major Japanese restaurant chain introducing bamboo straws to help reduce plastic and save forests

It’s a double whammy of environmental friendliness.

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VR videos of adult film actresses provide dirty thoughts to be turned into clean energy.

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Bug hunt! Some areas offering rewards for alien beetles threatening Japan’s cherry blossoms

Municipalities and prefectures are hoping they can stop the dreaded red-necked longhorn beetle before they get out of hand.

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Starbucks Japan asks customers to not use smartphones, laptops in its cafes for special eco event

But oddly enough, they still want you to share the experience on social media.

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8 Reasons Japan is so clean: the wa of cleanliness

Japan must be one of the cleanest countries in the world. What’s behind it all? Find out what makes Japan so pika-pika!

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Visit this Tokyo-area Ikea to find furniture, Swedish meatballs, goats, and — wait, goats?!

We discovered an unexpected sight during a recent trip to an IKEA in the suburbs of Tokyo.
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Stroking, gasping, and long, hard cylindrical objects, all for the sake of Mother Earth.

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The 100 Soundscapes of Japan: A list of Japan’s greatest natural, cultural, and industrial sounds

“The 100 what??” That was our initial reaction too, but the official list is just what it sounds like!

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Friendly volunteers help this cute porcupine fish out of a prickly situation

Marine wildlife volunteers cleverly fight garbage with garbage in order to successfully rescue this trapped porcupine fish.

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Rent-a-goat service now available in Japan, ready to fulfill all your goat-related needs

If you need a furry friend that also doubles as an eco-friendly lawnmower, this is for you.

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The dirty reason China can’t always tell North Korea what to do

Global consumption of coal has declined significantly over the past year, driven by China, which makes up about half of the world’s demand for coal.

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No more fuel! Young entrepreneur creates lantern that runs on ocean water

Aisa Mijeno, a young Filipino engineer and environmental advocate, has conceptualized a product that is not only environmentally friendly, but will provide basic lighting  to the less-privileged: a lamp that runs on salt water!

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Toxic bubble froth in Bangalore catches fire, raises environmental flags for the second time

This is one bubble bath that you’ll never want to take a dip in.

Locals in Bangalore, India are calling for immediate action after foam which had accumulated on Bellandur Lake, the biggest lake in the city, was blown onto streets and even caught fire for the second time in only a few months. While experiencing a gigantic bubble bath outside of your bathtub may seem like a fun idea at first, the foam that is spewing out from Bellandur Lake is actually toxic in nature and supposedly has a terrible stench.

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Chinese company shines light on air pollution…creepy baby light

It’s well-known that air pollution is a major problem in parts of China. The situation has gone far enough that more and more organizations are beginning to fight back, trying to tackle the problem.

One such company is Xiao Zhu, who, in addition to producing air purifiers, has also taken up awareness-raising efforts. In their video titled “Breathe Again,” the company artistically projects the faces of children in pain onto the billowing white canvas of factory exhaust.

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Breathe easy – Toyota redesigning Prius plug-in hybrid to double car’s all-electric range

Toyota’s Prius is designed for one purpose, and it’s not to deliver the sort of exciting performance that will seduce you into taking a spirited drive through a moonlit mountain pass (that’s another car’s job). No, the Prius promise is that it will get you from Point A to Point B in the most energy-efficient way possible.

But while the standard hybrid Prius remains a popular choice for eco-conscious motorists, sales of its plug-in variant have been stagnant. Toyota is hoping to change that, though, with an updated Prius that can travel roughly twice as far under purely electric power than the current model.

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