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Green Ideas Fresh From the Philippines

It’s always great to come across news about different environmental initiatives from nations all over the world – and in this case, the Philippines in particular has got a few neat innovations in the past couple of years.

A couple of years ago, Philippine innovators launched a series of actionable ideas during a National Science and Technology Week that can drastically improve the lives of citizens while staying true to the promise of prioritizing nature. One such example is the aquaponics urban vertical garden, which allows you to grow your own vegetables while sustaining freshwater fish. In turn, the fish manure is used as organic fertilizer for the plants. The water circulates around the system, used and reused several times over in a very sustainable way – especially helpful in crowded, urban communities.

Another innovation is furniture made out of forest waste, which eliminates the need to cut down existing trees in favor of collected twigs and other types of forest debris to craft ottomans, stools, and other useful items in the home. The sturdy material that you have as a result of grinding up and binding these forest debris can be used in a variety of ways to create aesthetically pleasing and functional items for one’s abode.

And in true tropical fashion, you have another great use for the ever-giving coconut tree. Prevalent in most countries in Southeast Asia, the Philippines launched a new use for coconut milk as a very cost-effective and organic burn and wound treatment. Coconut milk is collected and transformed into a cellulose strip that can be applied directly onto the wound site, effectively healing and allowing the patient to feel better thanks to its cooling effect.

This is all just the tip of the iceberg, with more innovations that have yet to be featured or even discovered in the coming months or years. The prospect is both very exciting and promising, giving all of us more hope towards a better and more sustainable future for all.



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