Greenwashing tips. What is it and how not to get addicted?

What things do you usually buy: whose packaging does not harm the environment, whose composition on the 39; label is true, safe and effective? The manufacturer of such products must also be environmentally friendly and pay their employees decent wages? & Nbsp;

Companies whose products comply with these principles and a number of others establish their business in an ESG coordinate system. However, there are brands in the Russian market that until now only make strong statements about the ethics and environmental friendliness of their products, but in reality they do not. properly implement these practices. & Nbsp;

These companies (intentionally or unknowingly) resort to greenwashing & mdash; environmental marketing, when a company presents its products in a favorable light while misleading the consumer.

League of green brands & mdash; development institute, created on the initiative of Unilever and clean line cosmetics brand, & mdash; Since 2019, he has been working on the systematic implementation of “ green '' principles. responsible, checking to what extent Russian companies adhere to it throughout the life cycle of goods and services. One of the league's key tasks & mdash; fight against greenwashing. & nbsp;

At the beginning of December, a final league conference was held, during which its participants and partners discussed their already implemented projects and shared their plans for 2022. AiF editorial staff attended the conference and invites you to familiarize yourself with the theses of the speech of Evgenia Sedova, Director of Research and Development, Unilever Personal Care Products in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. What are the 'sins' Do the manufacturers have?

1. Hidden sin of compromise & mdash; claiming a product as green on the basis of individual characteristics without taking into account other components of its ecological footprint.

Example. When talking about doypack packaging, the companies that own brands point out that in the production of such containers and the transport of products reduce the volume of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. However, due to the complex composite composition and the lack of a large-scale infrastructure for collection and sorting, doypacks are hardly recycled, so it is incorrect to speak of their compliance with environment.

2. The sin of lack of evidence & mdash; sustainability claims that cannot be verified by public information or independent assurance.

Example. The manufacturer claims recycled content in the product packaging, but cannot validate this claim any officially accepted source of information.

3. Sin of vagueness & mdash; too broad and long statement referring to the environmental friendliness of the product, but does not have a clear content and meaning for the consumer.

Example. Use of the words 'natural' , 'Organic', 'eco' on the product label without any special meaning.

4. Sin of irrelevance & mdash; using truthful but irrelevant claims about product specifications.

Example. Without an alcohol mention on baby food or non-GMO packaging on the salt packaging, where such a designation is not relevant.

5. Sin of the lesser of two evils & mdash; the statement used may be true within a product category, but may distract the user from larger or negative environmental impacts.

Example. Legend of organic cigarette; on the packaging, while the composition of cigarettes in relation to the harms of smoking does not really matter.

6. The sin of false marking & mdash; indirectly position a product as having an independent eco-label that doesn't really exist.

Example. Use your own logos that resemble the official eco-certification logos in design, font, or name.

7. Sin of lies & mdash; outright deception concerning the characteristics of the product.

Example. False attribution of a real eco-label to a product which has not actually been certified.


Putin instituted a new holiday in the Russian army

Russian President Vladimir Putin has established a new holiday in the armed forces & mdash; Pipeline Troops Day, it will be celebrated on January 14. The corresponding decree is published on the official Internet portal for legal information.

“ Establish the Day of Pipeline Troops in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and celebrate it on January 14 & # 39; & # 39; & mdash; says the document. The decree was signed and entered into force on December 30.

Pipeline troops & mdash; This is a kind of formations in the armed forces that provide troops in times of war and peace with fuels and lubricants (POL). They are also responsible for the deployment of the main field pipelines (PMT) and the supply of fuel through them to the warehouses of the associations and training of the armed forces.

The experimental laying of pipelines during military exercises in the USSR first took place in the Far East in 1937. Pipeline parts were used extensively in the USSR as part of the rear services of the Red Army during the Great War patriotic. Currently, they are part of Russia's special forces.

In addition, pipeline troops are involved in extinguishing forest and peat fires, eliminating peacetime accidents.

Recall that this fall, Vladimir Putin created the country for Father's Day. It will be celebrated every year on the third Sunday in October.


Why paint cows and horses with reflective paint?

Weekly “Arguments and facts” n ° 52. What to prepare for the New Year's table? 12/29/2021

The Republic of Altai wants to paint cattle. Isn't it & nbsp; harmful to animals?

Expert response 0 + –

For painting cows, horses and & nbsp; other cattle with lights & shy; The reflective paint was suggested by one of the members of the Republican Parliament. According to & nbsp; in his opinion, this will reduce the number of accidents with & nbsp; pet participation (on December 1 there were 129). “ If you paint an animal, it will have a bad effect on & nbsp; his health, thermal exchanges will be disturbed, & nbsp; & mdash; says biologist Svyatoslav Zabelin . & mdash; & nbsp; In addition, paint on & nbsp; we'll probably start with & nbsp; scope & nbsp; & mdash; with a mop half of the cow will shine … And if they start to apply spots or signs, the accident, on the contrary, will increase. Imagine: a driver drives at night and & nbsp; suddenly sees & bdquo; the dog of the Baskervilles & ldquo;! What should he do & nbsp; & mdash; brake, turn the steering wheel to the right, to the left? I think it's safer to wear reflective collars on the cows.


Conductor Mikhail Kozinets died in Belarus aged 84

On December 30, at the age of 84, an outstanding conductor and public figure, Belarusian People's Artist Mikhail Kozinets, is deceased, reported the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society.

“Belarusian art has suffered irreparable loss. Mikhail Kozinets' alumnus of the National School of Conducting, he was one of the most important figures of the orchestra. ; Belarusian musical art history in recent decades, & # 39; & # 39 ;, & mdash; says the message.

Mikhail Kozinets was born on May 18, 1938 in the village from Tsyntsevichi, Vileika district of Belarus. In 1965 he graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Music, accordion class, and in 1973 – & mdash; in the opera conducting class and of symphonic direction. & nbsp;

For a long time he was a professor at the Belarusian State Music Academy, founder and conductor of the Young Belarus orchestra, rector of the academy, director of the Belarusian festival & mdash; my song & # 39 ;.

In 1972 Kozinets became a conductor, and in 1975 & mdash; artistic director and conductor of the National Academic People's Orchestra I.Zhinovich of the Republic of Belarus. Under his leadership, the orchestra reached its peak, & mdash; narrated to the Philharmonic Orchestra.

For his multifaceted creative activity and outstanding contribution to the development of Belarusian and Soviet musical culture, he was awarded the Belarusian State Prize and the Prize for Spiritual Renewal, the medals of Francisk Skaryna, The Order of Peoples Friendship and Order of Honor.

Earlier today, it became known of the death of Soviet and Belarusian actor and director Vladimir Ponochevny.


Collective immunity level against COVID-19 in Russia increased to 61.8%

Plot The fourth wave of coronavirus in Russia

The level of herd immunity in Russia increased during the week of 60.4% to 61.8%, the epidemiological situation has improved in 13 regions, said Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

“; As of December 30, vaccination with the first component has been carried out 78,694,436 times, vaccination of the full cycle – & mdash; 74,539,609 times. The level of herd immunity in Russia is 61.8% ',' ' she says.

In four regions, herd immunity levels exceeded 80% & mdash; in Sevastopol (90.2%), Saint Petersburg (80.9%), Chukotka (80.7%) and Karelia (80.4%). Two other regions are close to this mark & ​​mdash; in Tyva (78.1%) and in the Moscow region (77.2%).

“ The heat map of the portal, which provides a comprehensive assessment of the situation, shows that the situation has improved in 13 regions, and the deterioration is noted in 7 regions, mainly due to a decrease in test coverage ',' & mdash; Golikova pointed out.

She appealed to the regions, urging them to carefully lift the restrictions, despite the decrease in incidence, and to increase the vaccination and re-vaccination rate over the coming holidays. “ Especially given the global spread of the new omicron strain, '' & mdash; summed up the Deputy Prime Minister.

Earlier today, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that 103 cases of infection with the omicron strain have been detected in Russia.

During the annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the high death rate from COVID-19 is the result of a low level of herd immunity among residents of the Russian Federation.


What weapons can be made valid for self-defense?

The Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation has prepared mandatory technical parameters for weapons that can be used for self-defense. The corresponding draft document has been published on the regulatory proposal portal.

What type of weapon does the document refer to?

The document lists the types of limited firearms that can be used for self-defense. This is a pistol, revolver and barrelless firearm of domestic production.

What technical parameters must be respected in the case of self-defense weapons?

If the document passes, Russians will have to follow the rules when buying and using weapons in self-defense. These weapons must not:

  • be converted from firearms or made from their essential parts;
  • have a design that allows, as a result of reversible modifications, to use its barrel, breech, drum, frame, receiver or breech box to replace the corresponding parts of it. A firearm for its repair, modification and restoration of its damaging properties;
  • have a design that allows you to detach the barrel from the body part or bolt (the fastening should be made with steel pins, which cannot be removed without irreversible modifications);
  • have a design that allows you to shoot cartridges from guns.

Self-defense weapons must have the following characteristics:

  • has protruding elements in the barrel bore (if any) that do not allow, without irreversible changes in its design, to ensure the possibility of firing with metal projectiles, resulting in specific kinetic energy greater than 0.5 J/mm2 is reported to them;
  • leaves on used cartridges – traces of weapons containing a set of characteristics sufficient to identify the weapon;
  • has an individual marking number on the barrel, breech, drum and body part, applied so as not to allow their destruction without mechanical treatment. The depth of the individual number should be at least 0.2mm.

What requirements are proposed for mechanical sprayers?

The draft stipulates that mechanical sprays, aerosols and other devices should not have a shape imitating military small arms … In addition, these elements should have bright colors of parts and mechanisms individual.

What requirements can become mandatory for stun guns?

Home-produced electroshock devices and spark gaps cannot have a shape that mimics small arms in combat. They will need to be marked with an individual number on the metal parts of the product, as well as in the bright colors of the individual parts and mechanisms.


The miracle of the new year. Vanya Fokin, rescued in Magnitogorsk, visited the Emergency Ministry Christmas tree

Three years ago the country was shocked by a terrible tragedy & mdash; on New Years Eve, the entrance to a house in Magnitogorsk collapsed. But the rescuers worked a miracle & mdash; From under the rubble, they took out and rescued the baby Vanya Fokin , who was lying in a frost of -25 degrees 35 hours. & nbsp;

The boy was saved. Vanya Fokin, who will soon be 4, recently visited her rescuers' unit. & Nbsp;

Operational images of the rescuer Pyotr Gritsenko & nbsp; faster than the wind he runs to the ambulance wagon, hugging the baby found under the rubble, they've been around the world. The tears of joy, the experiences of the whole country, will Vanya survive, the prayers of Vanya … & nbsp; Vanya did not disappoint! The doctors did the possible and the impossible: they saved the boy's injured leg, healed the concussion. Now Vanya is going to kindergarten and growing up like all boys her age.

Vanya is called a mascot by the rescuers. Photo: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Chelyabinsk region

This New Years meeting of Peter Gritsenko, who saved Vanya, with the Fokin family is not the first. EMERCOM employees working on the rubble of the house have already visited their 'godson'. They hugged them and carried them in their arms, offered gifts and rejoiced in the miracle.

This time, Vanya Fokin, her brother and her parents were invited to see how the Emergency Department unit works. Vanya was delighted: the boy was allowed to touch everything with his hands and climb everywhere. Vanya was shown a cartoon about the work of the firefighters, and also shown & nbsp; a tanker and a ladder. & Nbsp;

They met at the number 60 fire station in the town of Istra. First of all & mdash; with his savior Petr Gritsenko, deputy director of the Rescue Training Department. “ Every life saved, and more a child's life '' it is a real miracle. And such miracles are performed every day by the firefighters and rescuers of the EMERCOM of Russia, performing their military service & # 39; & # 39 ;, & mdash; said the happy and moved Gritsenko. & nbsp;

Vanya's rescue was a miracle. Photo: Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Chelyabinsk region

Then Vanya Fokin came to visit the Leader Center for Special Risk Rescue Operations, and he was even allowed to be himself lifeguard for a while. The boy climbed into every piece of firefighting gear and even controlled it a bit. And then there was a Christmas tree and gifts from Vanya's personal wizard & mdash; Petra Gritsenko. & Nbsp;


What type of hypersonic missile for the Su-57 fighter has been “spotted” on the web?

An image of a new hypersonic missile from the fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft arsenal has appeared on the web. The experts & nbsp; assume that this ammunition is created as part of the project & nbsp; & quot; Larva-MD & quot; (short range) for use from internal aircraft compartments.

An image of the new ammunition was found on a poster for the Tactical Missile Corporation. This Russian company, one of the largest manufacturers of missile weapons, discussed the holding's plans for 2022. The photo shows the Su-57 fighter itself, the training complex Oka-E1 aviation weapons, as well as several missiles it may be equipped with in the near future. It is among them that & # 39; illuminated & # 39; & # 39; new weapons. Its appearance resembles the Onyx universal medium-range supersonic anti-ship missile.

What do we know?

It is assumed that this particular class of ammunition “ air & ndash; surface '' is under development as part of the Experimental Design Work (ROC) for the “ Larva-MD & # 39; & # 39; (short range) to be used from the internal compartments of the fifth generation Su-57 fighters, which will become carriers of hypersonic weapons. Since 2019, the second stage of the R&D project has been underway for this project. Now the development is at the ground testing and flight stage with mass and size models. Work on the key component & mdash; active homing head & mdash; is carried out in the Ural Design Office 'Detail'.

Presumably, the new missile will fly at a speed at least five times faster than sound and become a difficult target for modern air and missile defense systems. It will be a short range ammunition with a range of around one hundred kilometers, while other hypersonic missiles will fly at 1,000 kilometers or more. The primary targets of the missile will be sea targets of a potential enemy. The missile will be designed to engage land and sea targets. In the future, the ammunition will replace one of the most common Kh-31 anti-ship missiles in the arsenal of the Russian aerospace forces.

The hypersonic missile engine will be the '70 product' direct-flow hypersonic engine, developed by the Soyuz Turaev machine-building design office, specializing in power units for very high-speed missiles. This will allow a speed above Mach 5 to be developed and will be able to free itself from existing and future air/anti-missile defense systems. Currently “Article 70” is undergoing fire tests. This element is already in use as a powerhouse for a number of Russian hypersonic weapons, including the promising Gremlin hypersonic missile.


It is known that Russia is creating at least several hypersonic systems. Last year it was reported that they wanted to use the first production Su-57 fighter to test such weapons. The fact that the new fifth-generation fighter is considered a hypersonic missile carrier was also raised in 2018. At the same time, experts said the & nbsp; Su-57 will receive hypersonic weapons, which it can use from internal compartments. Thus, we can conclude that & nbsp; the rocket will be significantly smaller than a single hypersonic aircraft missile, which is now in service with the Russian aerospace forces & mdash; 9-А-7660 “ Dagger. & # 39; & # 39; & Nbsp; Its carrier is the MiG-31 interceptors, which have undergone a special modernization for this, as a result of which the external suspension has been improved. The alleged carriers of the new missiles & nbsp; will also be & nbsp; the Su-34 frontline bomber and the Tu-22M long-range missile carrier.

Anti-ship missile P-800 “ Onyx '', International military-technical forum “ Army – 2018 & # 39; & # 39; Photo:

Other hypersonic

This year, it became known that bombers of the Russian aerospace forces will be able to use the promising X-95 complex. Among the carriers are called Tu-22M3M long-range bombers, “ strategists '' Tu-160M, as well as PAK DA (promising long-range aeronautical complex). The rocket prototypes have already passed the air carrier's tests. One of the most important Russian innovations in this field is the Zircon hypersonic missile designed for surface ships and navy submarines. This year the program has gone through several milestones at once. In particular, the military launched a burst of zircons. It was known even earlier that the missile was capable of reaching a speed of M = 8 during tests. The mass of the “ Zircon '' warhead estimated to be around 300-400 kilograms. The flight range exceeds a thousand kilometers. The technologies tested on this rocket will also be used on hypersonic aircraft complexes.

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The court sentenced the mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein to 2 years in prison

The Sovetsky District Court of Tomsk sentenced the city's mayor Ivan Klein to 2 years in a colony of the general regime, reports TASS.

Klein has been convicted in a case of abuse of power and illegal trade. He will serve his sentence in a general regime colony.

Previously, it was reported that Klein had twice abused his official powers. The prosecutor asked the court to find the mayor guilty of three counts and to sentence him to five years in prison in a general regime settlement. Lawyers for the accused have insisted on his innocence.

Klein was arrested on November 13 of last year. Two criminal cases have been opened against him.


21,073 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Russia per day

Plot The fourth wave of coronavirus in Russia

In Russia, 21,073 new cases of coronavirus were detected per day in 85 regions.

In the last 24 hours, 926 deaths have been recorded, while for the whole of & nbsp; time of pandemic – 307,948. During the day, 43,004 people have fully recovered in the country, in total – 9,423,227.

It is also noted that in total 10 479,344 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Russia today.

On the eve of December 29, it was reported that 21,119 people fell ill with the coronavirus in the country in the past 24 hours.

Earlier, Rospotrebnadzor gave recommendations on how to safely spend the New Year's holidays. The department advised to continue to adhere to the mask regime. In addition, some restrictions & nbsp; & nbsp; in the regions will be preserved.