Category Archives: Environment

Casualty of development

Another tree of ours has been taken down to give way to the road improvement project of the DPWH. It’s sad to see how the still growing mango tree planted by my late brother in law fell to the ground as workers cut the branches one by one.

What’s left of the tree
This is an old photo. The tree that was cut down was the smaller one at the background. This is the road undergoing improvement.

The road improvement has been stalled for several years now. It’s only this year that this project will be realized. But with improvement comes some sacrifices including the cutting of trees slightly blocking the road. From where the tree stood will give way to pipe laying.

The remaining mango tree. This is an old photo. It is taller and has more branches and leaves now.

Fortunately, one tree, which is bearing mangoes every year, is spared.

Plantable pencils, anyone?

Have you heard of pencils that can be planted?

A young company based in Cebu called Eco Hub Cebu has innovated the plantable pencils. The development of the pencil that can grow into plants was realized to help lessen global warming and raise awareness about the environment.

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Eco Hub Cebu said one can grow plants from pencils by simply placing the stub on moist soil.

They explained the product is no different to regular pencils, except that its tail end is a “gelatin capsule” that contains plant seeds instead of an eraser enclosed in a metal case.

The capsules of each pencil are preservative-free, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) allergen-free, and gluten-free.

The pencil, which is lead-free, is made up of sustainable wood, graphite, clay, and non-GMO seeds.

It also comes in variety namely tomato, sunflower, carrot, citronella seeds, and basil, which is their fastest growing plant, germinating between five to ten days after planting.

Eco Hub Cebu also offers other sustainable products such as reusable straws and utensils.

Source: Manila Bulletin Online, Flying Ketchup

Destroying mosquito breeding sites infographic

Check out about Zika virus here and read additional information about destroying mosquito breeding sites here to prevent the further spread of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus.

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Source: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/zika/mosquito-breeding-infographcs-eng.jpg?ua=1