Konrad Thorpe’s eco-logical FJ was an idea born out of the need for sustainability and reusability. With single-use plastics being banned in more and more countries globally, the need for alternatives to things such as plastic cutlery, plates and straws arose. Combining biodegradable materials, and traditional island motifs that symbolise multiple ideas, we have created products that are not only practical, but also unique.
Anyone can go out and buy a bamboo product, but that doesn’t evoke any emotions. Drawing on Fijian culture is the driving force behind putting these unique designs on our products. We don’t want people to just use our products. We want them to feel what each set of motifs are portraying.
It is well known the negative impacts of burning fossil fuels for energy and the resulting carbon emissions is a significant contributor to worldwide climate change. What many do not know is that Fiji was the first country in the world to sign the Paris Climate Agreement to combat climate change. In fact, the government of Fiji has a very aggressive renewable energy goal of 99% by 2030. Meeting this goal will require bold vision and collaboration among committed partners nationally and in the region. As our business name implies, Vision Energy Solutions plans to lead these visionary energy solution collaborations in the region. Read more.
Roadmap to insect conservation and recovery, calling for action at short-, intermediate- and long-term timescales.
A growing number of studies are providing evidence that human activities — habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, invasive species, climate change and overharvesting — are seriously reducing insect and other invertebrate abundance, diversity and biomass across the biosphere. There is now a strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address. Read more.
The availability of clean drinking water is a basic necessity for all people, and some regions of the world are still developing the capacity to reliably provide potable water in safe and accessible ways to all urban and rural areas. There is a need for easily accessible water filtration technologies that would be dependable alternatives to permanent infrastructure that is frequently either expensive or intrusive on natural ecosystems. For Pacific Island nations that are vulnerable to contamination from water borne diseases, technologies based on natural water filtration systems provide a sustainable solution to this fundamental problem. Read more.
With the introduction of composite technology in today’s world we can now manufacture products quicker, lighter and stronger than before. Rokola’s new panel with a bamboo core is cost effective not only in the housing sector but also in the commercial construction of offices and factories. With specialized treatment equipment, Rokola is able to preserve the bamboo without the use of chemicals, and this helps not only protect the environment, but also animals and humans alike. The preservation of the bamboo core ensures a long life and structurally sound panels, making it a first choice when it comes to building. Read more.
Electric powered vessels are not new but with changing technology and a World population looking for a greener future they are starting to be looked at more closely. Rokola Director Wayne Jones, built the first fully electric solar powered vessel for a European client in Australia using “Duflex” lightweight panels. The 10.5m Catamaran was powered by only two 30HP electric outboards fitted to the vessel in internal wells. With a cruise speed of 10 knots and top speed of 15 knots the vessel wasn’t going to win any races, but it was quiet, comfortable and cost nothing to run. The boat boasted two double cabins and two bathrooms downstair and large comfortable Saloon and Galley area on the bridge deck. Read more.
With Climate Change and pollution being a major topic when it comes to manufacturing products or operating a business, the introduction of Electric and Solar Powered Transport is a priority to help reverse the damage being caused to our atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Fiji Company Rokola Director, Arnie Duckworth, is behind the development of an E-bike and in the plans, electric powered vehicles. Read more.