Keells introduces ‘Bring your own Packaging’ to reduce impact of polythene on environment

Views - 44 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

Keells recently introduced ‘bring your own containers’ to customers for bakery, fish and meat items. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers and have their meat, fish and bakery items packed in these, thereby reducing the usage of

Bank of Ceylon first State bank to be awarded Greenhouse Gas verification statement

Views - 34 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

The Bank of Ceylon has been awarded a third party Greenhouse Gas (GHG) verification statement by The Sustainable Future Group Ltd., after verifying that the bank’s scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas emissions for the reporting period of 1 September 2017

Planet-positive: sharing environmental stories creatively

Views - 46 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

By Varshika Guganeshan Our everyday conversations, newspapers, and screens have science backing up information on environmental issues. Climate change, species extinction, ocean plastics and more of such stories often catch our eyes. Earth’s state

Environment and the world

Views - 96 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 1

Emjay-Penguin carries out tree planting campaign among 4,000 employees

Views - 21 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Established in 2005, the apparel manufacturer Emjay-Penguin gifted 4,000 plants and dry ration packs to all their employees, before they went home to their respective villages for the holidays, making their Sinhala and Tamil New year celebrations, a

Softlogic Life looks to plant a greener Sri Lanka through ‘Api Thuru Mithuru’ project

Views - 33 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Taking on the challenge of creating a greener Sri Lanka for future generations, the country’s fastest-growing life insurance provider, Softlogic Life, announced the launch of the ‘Api Thuru Mithuru’ sustainability project that aims to plant 100

Link Natural Products’ ‘Asiri Surakimu Samanola’ campaign helps Adam’s Peak conservation

Views - 22 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Striving to promote the use of ‘preventive platforms’ rather than ‘curative platforms’ is the brand philosophy of Samahan, a product of Link Natural Products Ltd. As a plan to continue conserving the natural environment of Adam’s Peak and o

Kanrich Finance launches ‘Haritha Danawwa’ to create a greener country

Views - 21 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Recognising the social responsibility of a corporate, Kanrich Finance, a trusted company in the finance sector in Sri Lanka with a proven track record, launched yet another CSR project, ‘Haritha Danawwa,’ with a view to making the country look gr

President directs CEA to strengthen environmental conservation

Views - 17 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to take forward all the programs implemented to protect the environment in a strong and efficient manner while declaring an Environment Week in parallel to the World En

Widespread pollution and the Ministry of Environment

Views - 68 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Pollution is a global topic spoken at numerous forums. Sri Lanka too talks of pollution.We are yet to walk the talk. Major causes of pollution are air, plastic, sound. Airpollution is a result by carbon monoxide/dioxide, sulphur, nitrogen just to nam

Trash talk: Dealing with marine plastic pollution in Sri Lanka’s oceans

Views - 73 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

If current marine plastic pollution trends continue, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050, predicts the World Economic Forum report The New Plastics Economy. The Ocean Conservancy estimates that over 150 million metric tons of plasti

Sampath Bank head office achieves carbon neutrality

Views - 41 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Signifying a landmark achievement in environmental sustainability, the Sampath Bank head office recently attained the status of carbon neutrality. Sampath Bank PLC was awarded the ‘Carbon Neutral Certification’ by Climate Smart Initiatives Ltd. (

Hirdaramani Group’s GHG emissions from energy secure ‘net-zero status’

Views - 37 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

The Hirdaramani Group has announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use of its Sri Lankan apparel vertical has reached a net-zero status. This quantification using ISO 14064 standards was externally validated; considering overall emi

125th anniversary lecture of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on 16 May

Views - 33 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) hosts a special for its members, interactive edition of its monthly lecture series with short presentations (15 minutes each) to be made by four experts in the

One million species risk extinction due to humans

Views - 36 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

PARIS, AFP: Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The ac

Foundation of Goodness partners Tokyo Cement to restore southern coral reefs

Views - 113 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) recently signed an MOU with Tokyo Cement Group to extend the company’s coral conservation project in the southern coast. The longstanding affiliation between Tokyo Cement and the Foundation of Goodness (FOG) saw the

UN biodiversity conference to lay groundwork for nature rescue plan

Views - 23 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Diplomats from 130 nations gathered in Paris on Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of nature and lay the groundwork for a rescue plan for life on Earth. The destruction of nature threatens humanity “at least as much

In first, New York caps climate emissions from buildings

Views - 20 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New York’s skyline is getting a green makeover under a bill adopted on Thursday that imposes massive cuts to the planet-warming greenhouse gases the city’s high rises and other large buildings emit. If signed into law

Friend of the Earth and CCPB partner to boost sustainable agriculture certification

Views - 20 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

The World Sustainability Organization - the NGO that has launched and developed Friend of the Earth project - has entered in a strong partnership with CCPB to implement and certify sustainable agricultural practices in Italy and around the world. CCP

Planet or plastic: is Sri Lanka making the right choices?

Views - 451 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Since the revolutionary invention of the first synthetic polymer back in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, plastic manufacture has not been constrained by the limits of nature. The wide range of completely synthetic modern plastics started to be developed a

Karadiyana: how a signature national project has come to a standstill

Views - 115 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

The present situation Prior to the inception of the Karadiyana Waste Management project, the landfill consisted of two disposal sites: A and B. A plot of land in extent of 10 acres was allocated adjacent to Site B, which was being used to dispose of

PLC and Bio Conservation Society conserve coastal bio diversity from Mannar to Tangalle

Views - 51 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

People’s Leasing and Finance PLC (PLC) which is a flagship subsidiary of the People’s Bank remains one of the leading non-bank finance companies in Sri Lanka. Being an inclusive financial solutions provider annually PLC invests part of its profit

Suren Cooke Agencies team completes overseas training on advanced pest and termite control

Views - 98 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

An eight-member team from Suren Cooke Agencies Ltd. recently completed an intensive training program in Malaysia. The program was related to all aspects of pest control and the proper use of the Sumitomo range of products. The purpose of this traini

DFCC Bank supports national initiative of tree planting celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Views - 33 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Mr. Lakshman Silva- CEO of DFCC Bank takes the initiative to distribute plants to customers at the relocation of DFCC Bank’s Kandy City Centre branch held yesterday, in line with their pledge to support towards the vision of HE the President, to pl

Eco Friends: Recycling waste management solution for Sri Lankan households

Views - 217 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Eco Friends is the newest entrant in the environmental waste management industry and seeks to change the way recyclable waste is collected from households. Designed, developed and run by a few eco-conscious individuals, the app can be downloaded acro

SolTrim International becomes Asia’s first CarbonNeutral label manufacturer

Views - 48 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:07

SolTrim International Ltd., a leading Sri Lankan apparel brand identification and packaging products provider, received a global accolade after continuous commitment to the environment by being awarded CarbonNeutral certification for its organisation

Dr. Simon Stuart to lecture on threatened species

Views - 48 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:06

Dilmah Conservation in a collaboration with IUCN Species Survival Commission emeritus Chair Dr. Simon Stuart will be delivering a lecture titled ‘The IUCN Red List: A Road to Conservation’, at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium at the Institute of

DIMO’s ‘Life to Reef’ project restores corals and rejuvenates livelihoods

Views - 88 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:04

Life to Reef, one of the key sustainability projects of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), embarked on with an aim to protect and restore the beautiful coral reefs in the Bonavista Reef at Rumassala near Galle. DIMO is proactively involved in re

‘Eco-Criminals need a ‘carrot and stick’ approach’ says MTI

Views - 34 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:02

According to recent thought leadership work on sustainability by MTI Consulting, the impact of climate change could drastically impact every facet of human life, arguably even the survival of humanity. Given that irresponsible use of plastics can hav

BSL moves towards supporting SMEs in environmental conservation

Views - 56 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:06

In a bid to strengthen knowledge and compliances of SMEs in environmental and biodiversity conservation measures in their operations, Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) recently hosted a sensitisation program for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in colla

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Private or State hospitals? State, of course!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Framing the debate For those of us who can afford them, the question is often raised whether we should go to the neighbourhood private hospital or State hospital when sick. The purpose of this article is to share my experience over my lifetime in alw

Teaming up with the CIO for a journey towards transformational ERP

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementation with a focus on a business outcome can bring significant competitive advantage across every area of the business. Earlier, it was the CIO who had to figure out the design and implementation of the

CRIB – Individual Credit Score

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

With the recent announcement of releasing credit scores of banked citizens commences a new chapter of the country’s lending industry. The General Manager of the Credit Information Bureau (CRIB) Nandi Anthony stated that the Bureau plans to release

Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by

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