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Asia is the hotbed of many ancient practices that have impeccable scientific and medicinal applications even today. Historical accounts have astonishing amounts of information that detail processes so intensive and meticulous, and some countries have managed to keep those traditions and methods alive even today. One of these practices is bamboo salt.
Salt is the most important ingredient of any dish, and the one thing that must never be in short supply any where in the world. Asians are perhaps the only ones who ascribe an additional use to this seasoning agent by harvesting it from rather unlikely sources. Bamboo salt is an artificially crafted salt but it is extremely effective in maintaining health and well-being.
The craft originated in Korea, where bamboo grows abundantly as it is believed to be a sign of prosperity. Bamboo has certain properties that aid oral health, digestion, and even prevent cancer. The Koreans came up with a method to use the essence of this plant in their food, and they incorporate it through salt.
Fresh sea salt is gathered and placed into bamboo hollows. This bamboo is cut in such a way that it resembles a tall glass, with one end covered. The tightly packed salt in the bamboo casing is subjected to high heat where the outer covering burns away, and a stump of salt is left. This process is repeated nine times. During the ninth incineration, heat of nearly 1,000 °C is applied. The entire process takes anywhere from a month to forty-five days.
A bamboo forest where bamboo is harvested to make the famous purple salt Image source: wikimedia commonswikimedia commons
The process is labor-intensive, and done manually. The heating allows the filtration of microplastics from the sea salt, and infuses it with the oil of the bamboo. In the end, a purple salty column is left, which is broken into pieces and sold. A kilogram can cost up to $200.
The salt that is baked twice is used in traditional medicine to cure a range of diseases, while the nine-times roast is used to flavour food, and in toothpastes and soap. Its high mineral content has been thoroughly researched. It also has low toxicity. The bamboo lends the salt a mild yolky flavor but despite the burning, it does not get bitter. In India, this salt is sold in small rocky chunks.
Keywords: Purple Salt, Bamboo, Korea, Asia, Medicine
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - The pollution, emissions and cleanup costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report released Monday by wildlife charity WWF, warning of the environmental and economic burden of this "seemingly cheap" material.
There is increasing international alarm over the sheer volumes of fossil-fuel based plastics entering the environment, as microplastics have infiltrated even the most remote and otherwise pristine regions of the planet.
In its report, WWF said societies were "unknowingly subsiding" plastic. The report estimates the lifetime costs of the 2019 production is equal to more than the gross domestic product of India.
"Plastic appears to be a relatively cheap material when looking at the market price primary plastic producers pay for virgin plastic. However, this price fails to account for the full cost imposed across the plastic life cycle," said the report, "Plastics: The Cost to Society, Environment and the Economy," produced for WWF by the consultancy Dalberg.
Plastic is everywhere
It estimated that unless there was concerted international action, a projected doubling of plastic production could see costs rocket by 2040 to $7.1 trillion.
The analysis looked at factors including the greenhouse gas emissions in the production process, health impacts, waste management and estimates of the reduction in the economic services of ecosystems on land and in water.
Since the 1950s, roughly 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced with around 60% of that tossed into landfills or the natural environment.
Tiny fragments have been discovered inside fish in the deepest recesses of the ocean and peppering Arctic sea ice.
The debris is estimated to cause the deaths of more than a million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals each year.
"Tragically, the plastic pollution crisis is showing no signs of slowing down, but the commitment to tackle it has reached an unprecedented level," said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, in a statement.
'More plastic than fish'
The report comes as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) meets in the French port city of Marseille, with one motion under consideration calling for an end to plastic pollution by 2030.
Earlier in September the European Union threw its weight behind calls for a legally binding international agreement to reduce plastic pollution, during U.N.-hosted talks in Geneva.
The U.N. Environment Program has said the planet is "drowning in plastic pollution," with about 300 million metric tons of plastic waste produced every year.
The proposed resolution is to be discussed during the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi next year.
France's minister in charge of biodiversity, Berangere Abba, said if the world failed to act there would be "more plastic in the oceans than fish" by 2050. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Environment, Plastic, Pollution, European Union
Regardless of whether you're fixated on layering materials or into shopping vintage, bohemianism--unconventional, imaginative way of life that dates right back to the 1800s--can be your home's distinguishing mark. You may connect bohemian plan with kitschy, ludicrous colour plans, materials, and prints, it has a huge range. The lone genuine standards of boho embellishing are to act naturally, get scrappy, and unwind.
So in case you're now a boho lover or you're simply keeping a watch, below are a few ideas by Raghunandan Saraf, Founder and CEO, Saraf Furniture, to add bohemian style to the bedroom.
Bring in furnishings for a splash of colour. Delicate decorations are an extra method for adding colours to your spaces. Dynamic upholstery on couches, easy chairs and surprisingly striking window hangings can go far to change a lounge into a splendid sanctuary. For the bedroom, you can generally decide on more brilliant duvets, blankets and cushions for that bit of shading.
On cloudy days right lighting is crucial to lift the temperament. While table lights and other task lights like floor lights and divider apparatuses lend a pleasant warmth to the space. A sunlight or white cylinder light inside a pelmet in the ceiling or wall will add splendor to the room. Bright cushions on the beds can light up any room. Lively shades of turquoise, yellow and consumed orange loan a pleasant sprinkle of shading for the rich bohemian style.
Bohemian is tied in with art and creative plans. Your boho room stylistic layout is practically inadequate without embroidered artwork. Taking this thought from bygone eras, people utilized tapestry as a weaved artistic expression. Expansion of the equivalent is a tribute to high quality material craftsmanship.
Dream catchers and macramé wall decorations are an exemplary Native American style bohemian wall decoration thoughts. With regards to bedroom style ideas, one can play with the shades of these and offer their own expression. In addition, bohemian is about maintainability and modest!
The article was originally written by Puja Gupta (IANS/PJ)
Keywords: bohemian, furniture, monsoon, decoration, colours
During the pandemic, people's relationship with clothes has shifted significantly, as people prioritize comfort and convenience over appearance. Furthermore, the lockdown has left most of us with little or no desire to prepare a new look daily. For working women, it has actually become an even greater burden and source of anxiety.
Amid the pandemic, Qua launched 'Embrace', a new collection designed for WFH- Work leisure! The collection has become a huge success given that it adapted perfectly to the growing need for more comfortable yet presentable clothing for Zoom meetings.
Rupanshi, founder of Qua says, "Dressing up can motivate you and increase your productivity as well.
The flared and relaxed fits of the shirts, co-ords and dresses make dressing up easier, without compromising on comfort. On days when you are feeling uninspired, you can wear the co-ord or dress as it is and still look dressed up. These outfits can be elevated further by layering them with shirts and blazers, on days when you want to feel like a true professional."
The collection includes already built ensembles that require little to no styling, lightweight and breathable fabrics, seamless finish combined with comfy-style garments.
- The key garments of the collection namely smart co-ords, casual shirts and chic dresses are made of premium fabrics like moss crepe, viscose and cotton, which provide optimum breathability and homely comfort. These practical wardrobe must-haves have been a great help to working women in order to maintain a work-life balance, as the garments are comfortable to wear, chic, and a great addition to the 9-5 and beyond wardrobe.
The key garments of the collection namely smart co-ords, casual shirts and chic dresses are made of premium fabrics like moss crepe, viscose and cotton, which provide optimum breathability and homely comfort. Photo by Valerie Elash on Unsplash
There have been studies that show how dressing up for work can improve performance. The brand also conducted a poll, where 100 women participated, which revealed that 84 per cent of women felt unproductive while working from home and 85 per cent of women agreed that dressing up for work increased their productivity.
Despite the shift in the workplace due to the pandemic, dressing up for work still holds much value as it gives people a sense of professionalism. By dressing up appropriately even for zoom meetings, you can adequately prepare yourself for the day ahead, otherwise you might get caught in the 'working from bed' vortex. (IANS/MBI)
(Originally written by Puja Gupta)
Keywords: Dress, Culture, Covid19, Pandemic, Co-ords, Clothes, Dressing, Wear, Garments