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.

Responsible boat disposal

Sweden has 2,700 km of coastline, or about 8,000 km counting all the bays, inlets and islands. With more than 60,000 islands, 95,000 navigable lakes and 1,000 kilometers of channels, pleasure boats are a national pastime in Sweden. No one knows exactly how many boats there are. Some estimates say 880,000, or about one boat for every eighth Swede....

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Taxi Stockholm reveals some secrets

There are many underground secrets in a city. More and more, historic halls, tunnels, and passageways, that were previously closed, are now open to the public. In 2014, Taxi Stockholm introduced the possibility of a silent and environmentally friendly way to visit a very large and secret hall underneath the island of Skeppsholmen. Underground taxi with electric cars Skeppsholmen...

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Unique reinforced fabric reduces climate impact

Lightweight and strong hockey sticks have something in common with the bodies of Formula 1 cars. They also share the same properties as windsurfing boards, snowboards, bicycles, and aircraft structures. “The common factor is a composite that is reinforced with carbon fiber,” says Henrik Blycker , CEO of Oxeon. “The idea was hatched by Professor Nandan Khokar, one of...

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First Nordic Ecolabel couch under stricter requirements

Back in 1991, researchers at IVL, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, performed a study of how a sofa can affect the environment – from the manufacture of the various materials to when the couch becomes waste. The survey attracted a lot of attention- and there were many who did not have a clue how many chemical substances that were...

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A new way of sailing

Boat shows around the world have long been characterized with boats with large, fuel-thirsty engines. In recent years, issues related to environmental and climate impacts have become increasingly important for boaters and boatyards, alike. Electric and hybrid motors, and more fuel-efficient hulls, have become more and more interesting for all involved. Speed is today of less importance. There are...

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

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