Contamination of water in Manchar Lake: Sindh depts want people keep dying of contamination, says SC

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took an exception to contamination of water in the Manchar Lake and observed that departments of the Sindh province wanted people to keep dying as no progress had been made to remove contamination from the lake.
Hearing a suo moto case with regard to contamination of water in the Manchar Lake due to effluent from the Right Bank Outfall Drain, the SC’s two-member bench, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, inquired the secretary irrigation as what efforts were made to reduce the contamination in the Manchar Lake.
The court observed that the provincial government was compelling people to consume contaminated water though billions of rupees had been spent on projects aimed to reduce the contamination in the lake.
The court observed that people were dying due to contamination of water in the Manchar Lake but no progress had been made so far.
The court observed Turkey had managed to clean its sea from pollution but no sincere efforts were seen to remove the marine pollution by officials.
The court directed secretary irrigation to submit details with regard to utilization of funds for reducing the contamination in the Manchar Lake and when the contamination issue would be overcome.
The Supreme Court has directed secretary irrigation and others to submit details as what efforts had been made to store the water in the province.
Hearing a petition for the construction of Dadu Dam, the court directed the provincial government to submit details about the construction of dams in the province.
Petitioner’s counsel Rasheed A Razvi submitted that the provincial government had decided to construct a dam in Dadu 20 years ago but no progress had been made yet.
The court observed that where the rain water would be stored in monsoon seasons and directed the provincial government to submit details with regard to construction of dams in the province within two weeks.

Sorghum: Health food sweetener and now, clothing dye

Sorghum has long been a staple food in many parts of the world, but in the U.S., it’s best known as a sweetener and livestock feed. As demand for the grain soars, so does the amount of waste husks. To reduce this waste, scientists report in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering a new use for it: a wool dye that can…

Patagonia’s Clean Color collection features plant-based dyes

Patagonia’s Clean Color collection features plant-based dyes.
In a radical move away from synthetic dyes, the Clean Color line features soft earth tones made from food waste, silkworm excrement, and dried beetles.
Take a quick glance at Patagonia’s new Clean Color clothing collection, and you’ll notice that there’s not a lot of variation when it comes to color.
All the pieces are either green, brown, pink, gray, cream, or a combination.
This is because they’ve been dyed with natural ingredients – palmetto and mulberry leaves, pomegranate rinds, citrus peels, cochineal beetles, silkworm excrement, and leftover fruit – which restricts the color palette but produces beautiful soft hues that are cleaner and safer than their synthetic counterparts.
Patagonia has always been one to push the limits of innovative and environmentally responsible manufacturing, and this is just one more example of its forward-thinking approach.
In the company’s 2016 guide, “The Responsible Company,” founder Yvon Chouinard wrote about some of the problems with the dyeing industry: “The textile industry is one of the most chemically intensive industries on earth, second only to agriculture, and the world’s largest polluter of increasingly scarce freshwater.
The World Bank estimates nearly 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment.
"Wastewater that goes – often illegally – untreated or partially treated returns to a river, where it heats the water, increases its pH, and saturates it with dyes, finishes, and fixatives, which in turn leave a residue of salts and metals that leach into farmland or settle into the viscera of fish.” Patagonia currently uses a company called Swisstex California to dye its fabrics, with a special process that uses half as much water as an average dyehouse in the United States and treats all wastewater fully before releasing it.
But clearly the company wants to take it further with their introduction of these natural dyes.

Big Q, Easy A: What Does ‘Green Fashion’ Really Mean?

What does it mean for a product to be “Eco-Friendly”?
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Can a product be eco-friendly, but not sustainable?
Can a product be sustainable, but not eco-friendly?
This does not mean that the product is necessarily eco-friendly; however, it’s pretty safe to assume that if something is eco-friendly or sustainable, that it has been ethically made.