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Plastic Makers Welcome G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision to End Ocean Plastics

Plastic Makers Welcome G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision to End Ocean Plastics

WASHINGTON, Jun. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The G20 countries adopted a Leaders’ Declaration today in Osaka. The American Chemistry Council issued the following response, which may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC’s Plastics Division:  “America’s plastic makers welcome the G20’s Osaka Blue Ocean Vision to end plastic leakage into the ocean, and [...]

Eco-friendly Garbage Bags Mandatory Next Year in Seoul

Eco-friendly Garbage Bags Mandatory Next Year in Seoul

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government reported on Wednesday that it will push to completely replace public and home standard plastic garbage bag in 25 districts with eco-friendly garbage bags by the year 2020. First of all, the city will switch from public standard plastic garbage bags to eco-friendly ones used [...]

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 [...]

Sales of Eco-friendly Products Increase After Recycling Crisis

Sales of Eco-friendly Products Increase After Recycling Crisis

SEOUL, Jun. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of eco-friendly products spiked after national confusion over recycling last month, data from a leading online mall showed Friday. According to Gmarket, sales of some of the eco-friendly items nearly doubled in the April 5-May 4 period. Purchases of lidded silicone containers, for instance, increased 115 percent during [...]

British Anthropologist and Environmentalist Jane Goodall Doesn’t Hide Disdain for Politicians at Yeouido “Eco Talks” Event

British Anthropologist and Environmentalist Jane Goodall Doesn’t Hide Disdain for Politicians at Yeouido “Eco Talks” Event

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The woman considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees was in the National Assembly Meeting Hall Buildingyesterday to share her wide-ranging views on politics, global warming and pollution.1 At an event titled “Eco Talks”, Goodall sat down for a Q&A session with Ewha Women’s University professor Choi Jae Cheon before [...]

Scientists Develop New Copper Catalyst to Turn Plastic into Hydrogen

Scientists Develop New Copper Catalyst to Turn Plastic into Hydrogen

DAEJEON, Jan. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – A team of scientists from Changwon National University has developed an eco-friendly copper catalyst that can efficiently produce hydrogen from waste material like plastic and vinyl.  According to the researchers, there has been active research on gasifying plastic and vinyl using higher temperatures to develop hydrogen. Although this is [...]

Scientists Develop Technology to Produce Plastics with Algae Blooms

Scientists Develop Technology to Produce Plastics with Algae Blooms

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – A group of South Korean scientists has developed an eco-friendly technology to manufacture hazard-free plastics with green algae blooms that are considered a major environment concern here, the maritime ministry said Tuesday.  The team led by Park Jin-byung of Ewha Womans University developed the technology to extract lipids from [...]

Mobile-only Credit Cards to Be Available in Korea

Mobile-only Credit Cards to Be Available in Korea

  SEOUL, April 8 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday it will allow local credit card firms to issue mobile-only credit cards, rather than conventional plastic ones, to clients later this month as part of efforts to improve convenience and speed in electronic transactions. Under the current law, mobile cards have played [...]