Hemp makes inroads in India


Chennai: In less than a year, much of Pritam’s lifestyle has gone green. Not just any green, but ‘hemp’. The IT employee from Chennai was experimenting with alternative living when a range of online 

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 products piqued his curiosity, and soon enough he was a fan. “It began with a hemp shirt. I was awed at how soft it turned with regular use, so I bought a hemp bag, and then a soap,” he says. “The more I read about it, the more I was sold.”

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Proper rubbish! British newspaper switches to potato-based wrapping


The thick Saturday edition previously used polythene plastic. The new bioplastic, based on potato starch that readers can compost or throw away with their own food waste recycling, will be phased in throughout London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Fast food chain makes sculpture with its literal last straws


In Canada, fast food mainstay A&W Canada has unveiled a sculpture outside of Toronto’s Union Station to commemorate the end of its plastic-straw use. The 35-foot-long sculpture, depicting words “Change is Good,” is literally made from the last straws present in the company’s supply chain now that the eatery is switching to marine-biodegradable paper straws.

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