Doing Your Bit: Eco-friendly soap from Cape Verde
13 March 2022 | 4:55 pm
Inventor and environmentalist Carlos Silva wants to help protect the environment by producing cosmetic products free of perfumes and artificial preservatives.
2 Jan 2021
Germany has banned the sale of fireworks for this New Year's Eve. Might this be a chance to look for more sustainable alternatives to pyrotechnics?
16 Jan 2021
Cape Verdean inventor and environmentalist Carlos Silva wants to help protect the environment by producing cosmetic products free of perfumes and artificial preservatives.
19 Feb 2021
Two young Cape Verdeans turn used glass bottles and leftover PVC piping into vases and lamps for homes, bars and restaurants. And this is just the beginning of their "recycling with style".
23 Mar 2021
In Cameroon, an entrepreneur is turning unused banana and plantain stems into biodegradable paper packaging products. The idea cuts down on both deforestation and harmful plastic waste.
10 Apr 2021
Young Cape Verde entrepreneur Edmara Cunha uses her artistic flair to give the traditional ragdoll a new look — and her business acumen to help pay for her studies.
7 May 2021
A project in Nigeria is promoting sustainability and combating climate change through organic farming practices. Instead of chemicals they are showing people how to make and use organic alternatives.
21 May 2021
Cape Verde's Santiago island is filled with stray street dogs and cats. But a group of youngsters are taking matters into their own hands to vaccinate, neuter and look after the animals.
19 Jun 2021
Although they've never been to Cape Verde, siblings Jayla and Troy Pina will represent their mother’s home country at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Troy, who’s 22, will compete in the men's 50m freestyle; Jayla, who’s 16, will compete in the women's 100m breaststroke. Together they form the first Cape Verdean swimming team to compete in the Olympics.
31 Jul 2021
In the oldest soap factory in Marseille, French artist Frederique Nalbandian sculpts her latest work. Fabrics soaked in paste are taken directly from the oven and assembled into a body reminiscent of a Greek deity.
28 Aug 2021
In Rwanda, famers can now rent mobile drying devices for crops like rice, maize or beans instead of turning to the sun or diesel-powered fans. The units run on biowaste or solar power and are nearly CO2 neutral.
16 Oct 2021
Meet the Cape Verdean boxing champion Walter Barros who is using his love of sport to help young people stay away from violence and crime.
18 Oct 2021
A young Congolese designed a wind turbine in his parents’ backyard in Kinshasa. It generates enough electricity for his household. Now, Francy Kalonji plans to expand production to supply his neighbors with electricity.
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Rising gas and oil prices have plunged Europe into its worst energy crisis in decades. France has been hit hard, but perhaps not for the reasons you would expect. Nuclear and hydroelectric power, the country's main sources of electricity, are both running out of steam. Has the French energy mix hit a breaking point? We take a closer look in this edition of Down to Earth.
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Rights groups and a prominent cleric have warned of a military crackdown in the Kurdish city, following intense protests there. Meanwhile, Iran arrested two actresses, and its football captain spoke up at the World Cup.
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Malaysia has been beset by political instability over the past couple of years, while the economy is struggling to recover from the COVID pandemic-induced slowdown.
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Russia continued strikes on Ukrainian gas and electricity infrastructure. Meanwhile, the president of France told Asian business leaders that the conflict is "your problem" too.