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Eco-friendly solution to the plastic problem

Nature Myanmar, a small company founded by environmentally minded entreprenuers Ko Min Kyaw Zin and Ko Than Zaw Oo, may have found the solution to replacing styrofoam and plastic: areca palm leaves. Areca nuts, or commonly referred to as betel nuts, are fruit of the areca palm tree. Up till now, the leaves that fall […]

A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]

Myanmar targets plastic waste in growing green movement

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is plastic pollution, a scourge on Myanmar that is more easily seen in its beaches, mountains and cities than its dearth of reliable statistics. But over the past year a string of hopeful environmental initiatives are pushing back against unnecessary waste. One example is Yangon’s “Straws Suck,” an […]