The magical effect of banana leaves

According to a 2015 survey, five countries emit 60% of the world’s marine plastic waste, including Thailand and Vietnam. Now they are beginning to try to “return to nature”.

“Forbes” reported that at the end of March 2019, a photo of a supermarket in Chiang Mai, Thailand packaged goods with banana leaves was posted on social media and attracted widespread attention.

Coincidentally, in April, Vietnam’s environmental protection website eco reported that some shops in Vietnam also began to package vegetables with banana leaves. A supermarket chain in Ho Chi Minh said that it is currently in the experimental stage and will be implemented in other stores if the effect is good, and it will pack more kinds of goods with banana leaves.

“When I see vegetables wrapped in good-looking banana leaves, I will be willing to buy more. I think this will make people more aware of environmental protection.” A customer said.

In addition to banana leaves, Vietnamese stores have also developed more plastic bag alternatives, such as baskets made of paper straw, bagasse, shopping bags made of corn flour, and so on.

These are all aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics. Humans have produced more than 9 billion tons of plastic, of which only 9% have been recycled.

“Grandma” cellmate
76-year-old Suzuki Takako is serving time in prison for stealing. During this period, she was receiving treatment for dementia. This is her second imprisonment: Suzuki was arrested again only a few days after her last release.

After 70 years old, she started stealing food and daily necessities. “I am lonely at home. It’s too cruel. I am in pain.” She complained.

The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that in Japan, the number of grandma prisoners like Suzuki is gradually increasing. One of the reasons is the increase in the number of elderly people living alone in Japan. There are more than 4 million grandma living alone, which is twice the number of grandpas living alone. The average life expectancy is higher than that of men and other reasons, the difference between the two will continue to increase.

And these lonely grandmothers who lacked care at home caused trouble to the prison: the caregiver was in short supply.

In order to prevent Suzuki from committing a crime again after being released from prison, the prison is looking for welfare agencies to look after her. In addition, the prison will also allow external physical therapists to intervene based on the situation of the grandmothers. Some people can move around again in prison: “Originally, I couldn’t stand up or walk without holding things, but now it’s much better. I like this place so much, and I am full of gratitude.”

Bloomberg once wrote: “Japanese prisons are a safe haven for elderly women.” Nearly one-fifth of the women in prisons are elderly. More than 90% of the crimes committed by grandmothers over the age of 70 are theft.

“Prison is my oasis. It makes me relax and feel comfortable. Although I don’t have freedom, I don’t have to worry about anything. There are still many people who talk to me and have three meals a day.” A grandmother said many people’s thoughts. Heartfelt.

Recruitment must “fit for what it likes”
One day in April, “bulldozers, graders, and excavators” came to a high school in Cold Spring, Minnesota-they are all simulation equipment for students to experience.

The New York Times reported that plastic excavators, cranes, and bulldozer toys have long been loved by children. Therefore, in order to attract a generation who grew up playing video games, the American construction industry has begun to “put what it likes”, hoping for heavy duty. The equipment simulation function attracts young people to join the industry.

The effect has begun to show. In Nevada, 17-year-old student Henry was very tempted after participating in the simulation experience course and decided to become a heavy equipment driver in the future.

If this momentum can be expanded, it may alleviate the labor shortage faced by the US construction industry.

The US “Entrepreneur” magazine website reported that the US construction industry has experienced vigorous development, but over the past few years, as the “baby boom” generation (born from 1946 to 1964) gradually retired, the labor market in this industry has been shrinking and is in urgent need Young people with knowledge of technology, science, engineering, etc.

To this end, the construction industry has begun to find ways to absorb fresh blood, improve technology and innovation. For example, encourage women to participate in construction work; strengthen training to change people’s inherent perception that workers cannot live a good life-in fact, according to last year’s data, the average wage of construction workers in the mid-career industry exceeded $59,000, which was higher than the mid-career wages. The average salary of clinical laboratory scientists is 6% higher.