The picture of a typical city life that probably comes to your mind is that of a conglomerate of dust, smoke, and pollution. Even the air you inhale challenges you every time. This air is filled with harmful effluents that are results of various sorts of emissions in a city, such as smokes from the factories, burning of petroleum products, toxic emissions from the cars, etc. However, there have been continuous attempts in the Far eastern countries to fight this and build up an ecofriendly world. Some of the leading nations in the Far East like Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, etc. have been working towards projects that are exemplary in showing how natural products can be utilized in an advanced way that will curb environmental pollution. Here are five reasons that support eco-consciousness of Asian countries.
1. Reva from Mahindra in India
Reva is an eco friendly vehicle that has been launched by Mahindra Motors in India. This four-wheeler car is powered by electricity and thus there is no harmful emission. However, at the same time, the sedan and the engine is powerful enough to show improved functional aspects as well. This car accommodates two passengers at a time and is available at a price of US $12,000.
2. Biodiesel in Thailand
Thailand makes a prominent identity in the arena of eco-consciousness by making trucks and generators run on biodiesel. Cooking oil leftovers from houses and factories are being converted into biodiesel, especially in the province of Nakom Sawan in Thailand. The most widely used cooking oil for this purpose is the palm oil. About 0.88 tons of biodiesel can be produced from 1 ton of crude palm oil. Nearly 12 plants have been opened in Thailand by now which aim at producing biodiesel and can be made available commercially. The government have also announced a tax exemption on the same with a view of lowering the market price of biodiesel so that the consumers of the same increase.
3. Plastic dollars in Hong Kong
Have you ever thought that the notes that you flip out of your pocket every now and then is produced by large scale cutting down of trees? Hong Kong has realized this. Therefore, it has introduced âgreenâ dollars that have been made from plastic polymers. In the second stage of upgradation, these notes will also be provided with anti-counterfeiting measures. It edges over the conventional paper notes in many ways. Firstly, it is a generous attempt to conserve the greenery. Secondly, due to its less porous structure, it is cleaner. Thirdly, it can be recycled and reused. The only challenge it suffers is the relatively higher cost of production.
4. Urine powered battery in Japan
NoPoPo is a revolution in the sector of eco friendly batteries. It is powered by human urine. Hence, whenever your battery is charged out, pee on it and it will start running as before. NoPoPo has been produced by Aqua Power System in Japan. The design is such that the internal chamber in the cell needs to be filled with human urine. The magnesium and carbon compounds inside it draw the ions from urine and produce a charge of 500mAh every time. The battery can be recharged and used upto five times and then finally disposed off. The process of disposal is also safe.
5. Chenggyecheon Project in South Korea
This waterway has a historic background. It was a famous tourist attraction since the time for Choson Dynasty, about 600 years ago. However, following the industrial era post the Korean War, the waterway was replaced by cemented pavement. But the growing ecological consciousness of the people of Seoul in South Korea today have led to the restoration of the river Cheonggyecheon once again, at a cost of about $384 million. Thus, this is an eco friendly tourist attraction now.