In this country, charging a small fee for plastic grocery bags is working

Posted on August 6th, 2018
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


Plastic bag use has dropped 80 percent as a result. Is this the model for the rest of the world?


On Jan. 1, 2017, Israel began requiring its supermarket chains to charge 3 cents for plastic bags. Since then, plastic bag use has dropped 80 percent, according to the country's Environmental Protection Ministry.

If that's not enough of a reason to cheer, consider this: That 80 percent reduction is equal to almost 8,000 tons of plastic. Know what else weighs 8,000 tons? About 400 buses.

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Israeli salt company saves water fowl, opens birdwatching

Posted on July 30th, 2018
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Seagulls and little terns saved from extinction by ecological islands, and other feathered friends, can be observed from new birdwatching stations.


Salt extraction and sustainability don’t instinctively go together. But executives at the Israeli company Salt of the Earth, which has extracted salt from the Red Sea and Mediterranean since 1922, noticed that many migratory birds were using Israel’s salt ponds as nesting areas as they pass through the region every fall and spring.

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Kids grow salad greens on an urban concrete schoolyard

Posted on July 23rd, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
 

Hydroponic hothouse program introduces disadvantaged girls to organic, sustainable veggies and herbs for eating and selling.
 

Photos of smiling kids planting, picking and eating vegetables line the hallways of a school for girls in an impoverished Jerusalem neighborhood. The pictures were taken in the hydroponic hothouse the girls have tended for the past three years on their concrete playground.

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Israeli submarine technology set to green the trucking industry

Posted on July 16th, 2018
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Game-changing technology developed by Tevva uses the generator to recharge the truck’s electric battery while the vehicle is in motion, extending the driving range by 440 kilometers.


Submarines and electric battery-powered trucks might seem as odd a mix as water and oil, but the connection runs deep and Israeli. British-Israeli firm Tevva has figured out how to use electric battery technology originally developed to power submarines in its eco-friendly trucks.


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Model farm in Israel sowing seeds for global innovation

Posted on July 9th, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Unique full-scale educational farm in northern Israel to test and show local and international agronomists the latest Israeli ag-tech advances.


Starting with wheat fields and an almond grove, a full-scale sustainable educational farm now taking root in Israel’s Jezreel Valley will be an international showcase for cutting-edge Israeli technologies in precision agriculture, high-yield growth with less water, and preventing soil erosion and infestation.

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