KYOCERA Marks 10th Anniversary of “Green Curtains”
Background and expansion to date
Kyocera started growing Green Curtains in 2007 at one of its factories in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture in cooperation with local government and a non-governmental organization, with the goal of further reducing the factory’s environmental impact. To date, the activities have been expanded to 27 sites in total including additional factories and offices throughout Japan. Kyocera also encourages its employees as well as local residents to participate in this Green Curtain initiative in their own homes by providing seedlings produced by the Green Curtains. Gourd and morning glory are the most commonly used plants for the Green Curtains, but many others such as passion fruit, navy bean, sponge cucumber and mini Japanese squash (cucurbita pepo) can be used as well
Enjoy healthy dishes with freshly harvested vegetables
Kyocera employees enjoy special dishes with vegetables harvested from the Green Curtains at select company cafeterias or at home. Gourd is often cooked as tempura with Japanese udon noodles or onigirazu (Japanese rice sandwich), which has become very popular in recent years in Japan.
*1 CO2 absorption (3.4kg) x area of Green Curtain (m2) = volume of yearly CO2 absorption. (Source: Rural Culture Association Japan)
*2 One cedar tree absorbs 14kg/year of CO2. (Source: Forestry Agency of Japan)