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Want a green Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t buy chocolate. Or roses. #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published February 12, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Want a green Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t buy chocolate. Or roses.

Feb 12. 2020
By The Washington Post · Sarah Kaplan
In terms of carbon footprint, which is best to give my partner for Valentine’s Day: chocolate or roses?

Before I offer romantic advice to strangers on the internet, I should probably disclose that I once wrote an entire article arguing that birds are the best lovers. I am not exactly the world’s greatest dating guru (much to my mother’s chagrin).

But I do know a thing or two about climate change. And if you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and their role in heating the planet, you won’t love what I’m about to say.

It takes quite a bit of carbon to get both chocolate and roses from farm fields into your sweetheart’s hands. In West Africa, where two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is produced, the chocolate industry is associated with rampant deforestation. Meanwhile, most roses sold in the United States are grown in Colombia, then transported to the U.S. by cargo jets and delivered to stores in refrigerated trucks – a process that requires burning huge amounts of fossil fuels.

Last year, my colleagues at The Washington Post traveled to Ivory Coast to talk with farmers who grow cocoa for major candy companies. Many were just barely eking out a living – the state-owned monopoly had recently slashed prices – and were forced to cut trees and clear brush to expand their plots. Ivory Coast has lost 80% of its forests over the past 50 years; much of that destruction is a consequence of desperate farmers and consumer demand.

The consequences for the planet can be severe. Healthy tropical forests are one of Earth’s most powerful mechanisms for pulling carbon out of the air; the Amazon alone absorbs as much as 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year, about 5% of annual emissions from human activities.

But when those trees are felled and left to rot, they become carbon sources. According to the Woods Hole Research Center, deforestation accounts for 10% of annual carbon dioxide emissions.

Candy companies like Mars – the creator of Snickers, M&Ms and Twix – vowed in 2009 to make all their products with sustainable cocoa. But the 2020 target for that switch has come and gone; now the company is aiming for 2025.

Meanwhile, government efforts to stop human activities in protected forests are hobbled by corruption and, according to watchdog groups, have led to human rights violations. And certification firms, which work to ensure that cocoa is child labor- and deforestation-free, have found major lapses in their monitoring efforts. Last year, The Washington Post reported that leading chocolate certification company Utz discovered more than 4,900 cocoa farms located inside national protected forests in Ivory Coast.

On the opposite side of the Atlantic,in the Colombian greenhouses that produce the majority of America’s roses, the problem isn’t so much how the plants are grown as what happens once they’re picked.

In the weeks leading up to Feb. 14, 30 cargo jets carrying a million flowers each make a daily trip from Colombia to Miami. The nonprofit International Council on Clean Transportation estimated that these flights alone emit about 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equaling the average annual emissions from more than 40,000 American homes.

The roses must be kept at near-freezing temperatures to prevent them from wilting, so the trucks that transport them across the country must be heavily refrigerated. According to a 2018 study in the journal Transportation Research, temperature control in a cooled freight truck accounts for 40% of its emissions.

The complexity of the supply chains for both products makes it hard to estimate their carbon footprints, let alone directly compare them. But it should be pretty clear by now that, speaking generally, neither is particularly green.

So, what’s an eco-conscious lovebird to do? You can look for chocolate that has been certified by an auditing organization like Rainforest Alliance – though these certifications are sometimes flawed. You can buy native flowers that have been grown near your home, which don’t need to be flown long distances or produced in energy-intensive hothouses.

Best of all, you could give the only gift that actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere, by planting a tree in their honor. According to one U.S. Forest Service study, an urban sugar maple sequesters more than 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide by the time it turns 60. It’s a message of love that actively fights climate change – and what’s more romantic than that?

Preparing for the Year of the Rat #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 20, 2020 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30380801?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Preparing for the Year of the Rat

Jan 20. 2020
By The Nation

Yaowarat Road is bustling with activity as Thai people of Chinese ancestry prepare themselves to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Thais and foreign tourists can be seen buying fruits, new clothes and lanterns to decorate their houses that are the symbols of good fortune.

Preparing for the Year of the Rat #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 20, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Preparing for the Year of the Rat

Jan 20. 2020
By The Nation

Yaowarat Road is bustling with activity as Thai people of Chinese ancestry prepare themselves to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Thais and foreign tourists can be seen buying fruits, new clothes and lanterns to decorate their houses that are the symbols of good fortune.

Preparing for the Year of the Rat #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 20, 2020 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30380799?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Preparing for the Year of the Rat

Jan 20. 2020
By The Nation

Yaowarat Road is bustling with activity as Thai people of Chinese ancestry prepare themselves to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Thais and foreign tourists can be seen buying fruits, new clothes and lanterns to decorate their houses that are the symbols of good fortune.

Bargains galore at Seacon SME fest #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30379866?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Bargains galore at Seacon SME fest

Dec 26. 2019
By The Nation

The public is invited to shop for bargains at “The Best SMEs Gift Fest” event being held from today (December 26) to January 5 at the North Terrace of Robinson zone on the first floor of Seacon Square on Srinakarin Road.

Organised by the shopping mall in collaboration with the SME D Bank and the Ministry of Industry, it offers a wide range of products and discounts of up to 70 per cent at 5.30pm every day along with interesting activities organised by SME entrepreneurs.

The SME D Bank booth will also offer loan services for a maximum Bt5 million with low interest starting at 0.44 per cent a month for individual and juristic persons.

Entrepreneur are invited to register products on e-commerce platforms such as Lazada and Thailandpostmart.com.

Walking Street promotes Thai handmade products #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published December 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30379734?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

Walking Street promotes Thai handmade products

Dec 23. 2019
By The Nation

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The Walking Street@Silom event organised by the ministries of Commerce and Culture is now wooing customers to take a look at Thai traditional handmade products from 30 brands.

Line Kram Saruda is one of 30 brands offering tie-dyeing shirts created by Saruda Kantawong, an artist and dyeing teacher, and Sirapob Boonsuk, a graphic designer.

Saruda said that her dyeing style is called Shibori, using rocks to make colour patterns. They have both taught their dyeing techniques for 3-4 years, charging only Bt2,500-3,500.

Maka Brand created by Suchada Khlongnakrop, a former programer, has received four stars from One Tambon One Product. The shop sells bags, baskets and key rings. All products are decorated with animal-shaped leather.

Maka also has hemp fabric hats and keychains, which have drawn the attention of foreign tourists.

Ban Nok Hook (House of Owls) provides fancy keychains in the shape of an owl, a lucky mascot for Japanese people. The brand was named after traditional network communities in Chom Thong district, Bangkok.

Donlapak Thanapan, owner of Ban Nok Hook, wants to distribute the income to communities and decided to hire the elderly to help assemble various parts of keychains.

The products have got very good responses, so the shop is expanding into a new product lines such as key covers, bags and T-shirts.

By Grandmama (Thai Dessert Soap by Grandmama) sells soap products that look like Thai desserts and tells their history.

The owner of the brand, Rungpailin Pinyokaew, chooses only natural ingredients to make soaps as she used to make for her family, bringing joy to her family.

The Ministry of Culture rewarded By Grandmama as the best product from Ratchaburi province in 2019.

Five products worth buying online

Published December 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Five products worth buying online

Dec 19. 2019
Photo: GettyImages

Photo: GettyImages
By THE NATION

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Like elsewhere in the world, Thai shoppers are moving to shopping online, taking advantage of the improved services, a broader variety of payment options including credit card, e-wallet and cash on delivery, fast shipping and the emergence of new online retailers.

Better value is also an important factor and a survey by Priceza.com conducted between January and November revealed the top five products that are cheaper in online shops than in traditional retailers.

1. Smart phones

Smart phones sold via online shops can be up to 20-per-cent cheaper than in traditional shops, and prices of older models will come down faster when new ones hit the market. Statistics show that with the exception of the iPhone, all brands of smart phones sold through online shops drop their prices within 2-3 months after new models are announced.

2. IT gadgets

These products include smart watches, headphones, speakers, IoT and smart devices. Online shops often provide discount codes for these products to boost sales during festivals as they are among top choices for gifts.

3. Baby products

These products include diapers, formula, milk bottles, breast pumps and baby clothes. Some brands even have their own online shops to distribute products to consumers without the middleman.

4. Gift vouchers and cash cards

These are also among the top choices for gifts and rewards in special activities such as office games and parties. Many establishments including Central Department Store and Starbucks sell their gift vouchers for cheap online to attract customers to spend at their store.

5. Cosmetics and skincare products

Branded cosmetics sold online often carry 30- to 40-per-cent discounts on the label price while those sold over the counter see only 10-15-per cent discounts. These products also include sunscreen and perfumes.

Lucky times in Hua Hin

Published December 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Lucky times in Hua Hin

Dec 11. 2019
By The Nation

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin brings its popular Chokedee Winter Market (Lucky Winter Market) back to town on December 26 and this year it is offering an even bigger and better line up of festive food, fun activities, fabulous merchants and free entertainment with a festive flair.

Shoppers can dine on a wide selection of specialities from Hua Hin’s best eateries and famed food trucks including BBQ pork spare ribs, seafood skewers, phad Thai and green papaya salad with grilled chicken, along with sweet classics like Thai stir-fried ice-cream and mango with sticky rice plus all kinds of festive delights from baked treats such as chocolate brownies, classic fruitcakes, and gingerbread cookies, to fashion items, fabulous gifts and knick-knacks.

There will be exciting games and festive activities to enjoy and Hua Hin’s well-known singers and local bands will take to the stage from 6.30 pm onwards for everyone wishing to show off their moves to the happy Christmas tunes.

The Chokedee Winter Market at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin takes place on December 26 from 5.30pm. Admission is free.

Lazada woos shoppers with12.12 campaign

Published December 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Lazada woos shoppers with12.12 campaign

Dec 09. 2019
By The Nation

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Lazada Thailand is launching its “12.12 Grand Year End Sale”, to cash in on the spurt in shopping during the festive season.

Lazada aims to build on the momentum of its successful 11.11 campaign during the three-day sale from December 12-14. Lazada is offering shoppers an assortment of discounted items marked up to 90 per cent off and surprise vouchers worth Bt1212 available for collection at mid-day and midnight, the company said.

Lazada has also joined hands with global play and entertainment company Hasbro to provide toy donations to underprivileged children in Thailand.

Jack Zhang, deputy chief executive officer of Lazada Thailand, said, “Lazada sees the last quarter of the year as the golden period of e-commerce as consumers start to search for special gifts for their loved ones for the upcoming festive occasions including Christmas and New Year… We hope all Thai consumers will enjoy making their wishes come true during our Lazada 12.12 Grand Year End Sale mega-shopping event.”

According to a 2018 survey by Facebook IQ on the Thai e-commerce market during the year-end holiday season, more than 39 per cent of Thai consumers made a holiday purchase on mobile devices. Priceza2, a Thai shopping research and price comparison platform, recently released insights highlighting online shopping as among the five favourite activities on which Thais spend the most time.

Shoppers can also tap offers from international and local brands on Lazada’s virtual mall LazMall, as well as from financial partners listed on the platform, the company said.

Following Lazada’s partnership with Citibank to debut the co-branded Lazada Citi Credit Card in Thailand, cardholders can avail of benefits including 22 per cent on top discount.

A very British Christmas with Mulberry

Published December 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A very British Christmas with Mulberry

Dec 06. 2019
By The Nation

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Much-loved British brand Mulberry draws inspiration from the great tradition of festive storytelling to spread messages of hope and the spirit of giving through the launch of MulberryLights, which celebrates Christmas and New Year with a series of joyful projections including a new short film and a dedicated gift collection.

Poet and director Caleb Femi, the first Young People’s Laureate for London, has been commissioned to create a poem and short film entitled “The Season of Light”, celebrating the wonder and sense of connection that links Christmases past, present and future. Selected excerpts of the poem will be brought to life across the UK through unexpected and enchanting light projections in landmark British spots.

A line of signature gifts have also been launched and include such charming stocking fillers as heart-shaped purses, the Amberley Satchel bag to tartan soft accessories. They join new bag silhouette: the youthful Belted Bayswater Satchel, while the Iris bag will bring a modern heritage twist to the gift line-up.

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