Leisure activities have a growing impact on the environment. The tourist industry has developed infrastructure that relocates more than 8 percent of the world’s population every year, and currently accounts for around 10 percent of the world’s gross national product. And our free-time activities are not limited to travel.

Environmental skin care products win market share

Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, accounting for 16 percent of our weight. Skin has many functions, including protecting against outside influences such as shock, chemicals, microorganisms, ultraviolet radiation, heat and cold. Skin is also important in regulating body temperature and touch. Skin has a remarkable ability to care for itself and repair flaws, which is an...

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Sustainability – a fashion issue

Trade in textiles is highly international. Many different industries are involved in the cultivation of natural fibers – or the production of man-made fibers. Cotton farming, sheep farming, forestry, petrochemical and transportation are all industries that affect the textile trade. Environmental impacts occur throughout the production chain and most attention is paid to water consumption, chemical use, and waste...

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Building an eco-boat

Raw materials from the forest can be used for much more than boards, timber, pulp and fuel. Sweden is a major innovator when it comes to developing technology to find new uses for wood. Recent research and development focuses for example on construction products, bio fuels, food, chemicals, products for surface treatment, bio-composites, clothing, nanotechnology and much more. The...

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The (good) business of eco-shoes

The textile and footwear sectors are showing a growing interest in issues related to environmental and social responsibility. Shoe factory Kavat in Kumla, Sweden, founded in 1945, has found a niche in environmentally friendly children’s shoes. “A few years ago we invested in an organic line of children’s shoes,” says Anders Folkö, Kavat’s President. “Especially in Belgium, Holland and...

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The Sounds of Sailing—In a Motorboat

Sailors like to talk about the subtle joy of their boats’ interaction with the sea — the lapping waves, the rustling wind and the sound of the wake. For many, those simple sounds are reason enough to choose a sailboat over a motorboat. But now the quiet of wind propulsion is available in some powerboats. One step is the...

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Environmental Glass Artisans

Lena Måwe is protective of the deep traditions that lie behind the art of glassblowing, even as she strives to reduce the environmental impacts of her own studio, Ramnäs Glashytta. “You don’t have to take away the color or produce boring glass just to make it more environmentally friendly,” she says. Måwe and her partner, Carl Ryd, work with...

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Bacteria Fight Golf Course Mold

Winter can be a tough time for the grass on golf courses in higher latitudes, with significant damage to greens and fairways often caused by  snow, ice and wind. On top of that, there’s the problem of infestation by microorganisms such as the snow mold fungus Microdochium Nivale. Snow mold is a problem mainly in areas with cold weather...

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Energy-Smart Camping for All Seasons

Swedes have a large and growing passion for motor home and caravan camping, and there are many who use their recreational vehicles all year round. Between 8,000 and 9,000 new caravans and motor homes are registered each year. Caravan trailers are more common, but the percentage of self-propelled mobile homes is increasing. The value of new recreational vehicles amounts...

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Vacuum Injection for Cleaner Boat Building

Sprayed polyester is a great material for building practical and inexpensive boats, but the process can be hazardous to workers and it releases air pollution that is difficult to control. For about a decade, the Swedish boat builder Ryds Båtindustri has been using a vacuum injection technique that improves the workplace environment and cuts emissions by as much as...

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A Tough, Portable Solar Lamp

After eight years as a management consultant for Accenture, civil engineer Linda Krondahl was looking for something new. Drawn to return to a past career in product development and convinced that solar energy would enjoy strong growth in coming years, she set out to create a solar lamp for off-grid use that could stand up to harsh climates and...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.


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