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Agricultural Products Fertilized with Starbucks Coffee Compost Return to Customers

Agricultural Products Fertilized with Starbucks Coffee Compost Return to Customers

SEOUL, Apr. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Starbucks coffee grounds are composted and sprayed on farmland, and agricultural products grown as food for the compost will be reborn as Starbucks products. Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. announced on Tuesday that it had signed a mutually beneficial agreement with the city of Pyeongtaek on Monday, along with the [...]

No More Waste, Plastic and Utility Poles on Ulleung Island

No More Waste, Plastic and Utility Poles on Ulleung Island

SEOUL, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — North Gyeongsang Province announced its plans to turn Ulleung Island into an ‘isle without waste, plastic, and utility poles.’ The long-term plan is to raise the quality of the island’s nature to be listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. North Gyeongsang Province’s Pan-East Sea Regional Office said [...]

Researchers Find New Bacteria That Hold Clues to Deterring Green Tides

Researchers Find New Bacteria That Hold Clues to Deterring Green Tides

SEOUL, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A government-run laboratory said Tuesday that it has discovered new bacteria that may offer clues to reducing harmful green tides in domestic rivers, lakes and streams. The National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) affiliated with the Ministry of Environment said it has found a new microorganism called “amnimonas aquatica” [...]

Samsung to Collect Old Mobile Phones in 25 Countries for Environmental Protection

Samsung to Collect Old Mobile Phones in 25 Countries for Environmental Protection

SEOUL, Apr. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Group will lead a worldwide program for environmental protection in 25 countries as the company celebrates Earth Day on April 22. Thirteen Samsung subsidiaries including Samsung Electronics Co., Samsung Display Co., Samsung SDI CO. and others will participate in a six-week program to collect old mobile phones from [...]

S. Korea to Cut Dependency on Fossil Fuel, Shift to Renewable Energy

S. Korea to Cut Dependency on Fossil Fuel, Shift to Renewable Energy

SEOUL, Apr. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s industry ministry said Friday it will significantly cut the country’s dependency on conventional energy sources, such as coal, and move toward environment-friendly resources for sustainable growth. During the public hearing for a draft of the country’s energy master plan, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy said [...]

Online Retailers Introduce Eco-friendly Delivery Services

Online Retailers Introduce Eco-friendly Delivery Services

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Online retailers in South Korea are scrambling to offer eco-friendly delivery services as environmental awareness is spreading among local consumers. Hello Nature, a South Korean online food market, announced on Wednesday that it will replace all delivery materials with boxes made of recyclable woven polyethylene and ice packs made [...]

Chemical Firms Suspected of Manipulating Fine Dust Emission Data

Chemical Firms Suspected of Manipulating Fine Dust Emission Data

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Chemical companies are alleged to have colluded with air pollutant measurement firms to manipulate data on emissions of fine dust, the environment ministry said Wednesday. A total of 235 chemical factories located in the Yeosu industrial complex were found to have plotted with four measurement agencies in rigging data [...]

Tree Native to S. Korea’s Jeju Island Improves Air Quality: Institute

Tree Native to S. Korea’s Jeju Island Improves Air Quality: Institute

SEOUL, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A state-run research body said Thursday it will plant more trees indigenous to South Korea’s largest island of Jeju as the tree is confirmed to have lowered the concentration of harmful PM2.5 particles indoors. The Institute of Biological Resources, affiliated with the environment ministry, implemented a pilot project from [...]

Eco-fashion Craze Spurred by Crackdown on Plastic Bags

Eco-fashion Craze Spurred by Crackdown on Plastic Bags

SEOUL, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Since the beginning of this year, disposable plastic bags have been banned at large retailers. As the crackdown began this month, “green” alternative products such as reusable shopping bags and tarpaulin bags are gaining popularity. Gmarket, an online shopping site run by eBay Korea, said on Wednesday that sales [...]