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How to properly and safely dispose of these 10 items in your home

Toxic chemicals, e-waste, light bulbs and batteries are just a few common household items that exit our homes and can end up in the landfill, where they may or may not break down or leach into the soil and water. Equally concerning is the potential for broken glass and chemicals to cause problems to sanitation workers, the water system and wildlife. Even when you make the best purchasing decisions upfront, you will eventually find yourself with toxic household waste. Before tossing items in the ...
Tags: Apple, Design, Environment, US, Features, Recycling, E-waste, Epa, Landfill, DEA, Waste, Chemicals, Toxins, Cfl, Waste Disposal, Ewg

China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

As the world’s most populous country, with close to 1.5 billion denizens, China also produces the largest quantity of plastic. In fact, the University of Oxford-based publication Our World In Data (OWID) has documented China’s plastic production rate at 60 million tons per year. To mitigate the resulting plastic pollution, the Chinese government is set to enact a plastic ban, phasing out the production and use of several single-use plastic items by 2025, thanks to a detailed policy directive and...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, China, Environment, Ireland, Middle East, University of Oxford, North America, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, South Asia, Plastic Waste, North Africa, Waste Disposal

The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers. To tackle the 1,000 rivers responsible for about 80 percent of global ocean plastic pollution, the nonprofit has deployed a new invention, the Interceptor. The Interceptor catches and collects plastic junk, preventing its flow from rivers into oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, wha...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, River, Interceptor, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup, Plastic Pollution, Indonesia Malaysia, The Ocean Cleanup, United States Los Angeles, Slat, Plastic Cleanup

Halloween generates frightening amounts of plastic waste each year

Two eco-minded British charities, Hubbub and the Fairyland Trust, have revealed that Halloween generates mounds of plastic waste equal in weight to millions of plastic bottles. Besides food and costume packaging and masks and accessories, plastic lurks in the costumes, which are often made from fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fibers. After polling 19 prominent British retailers, Hubbub and the found that more than 2,000 metric tons of plastic waste are generated from...
Tags: Costume, Design, News, Diy, Environment, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Eco Textiles, Plastic Pollution, Green Halloween

Recycled plastic to soon pave Los Angeles roads

To better manage plastic waste, Los Angeles is in talks with Technisoil, an innovative manufacturing company, to viably incorporate plastic into the city’s roads. Typically viewed as an ecological scourge, plastic waste can also be seen as a valuable resource when repurposed. Substituting asphalt road materials with upcycled plastic waste could spell cost savings for both road construction and waste management endeavors. Because plastic does not degrade easily, it has now become a significant en...
Tags: Design, News, California, China, Environment, Los Angeles, Recycling, Southern California, Waste Disposal, Recycled Plastic, Technisoil, Keith Mozee, Department of Street Services

Scotland bans plastic-stemmed cotton swabs in bid to combat plastic pollution

Following backlash concerning plastic waste buildup in beaches and oceans, Scotland is now the first country in the United Kingdom to officially ban the manufacture, supply and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, commonly known by the brand name of Q-tips. Environmentalists and conservationists are hailing the change as wonderful news for wildlife and ecosystems. Before the new ban came into effect, several cosmetic giants already made the switch to manufacturing more biodegradable alternative...
Tags: Design, News, Scotland, Environment, Policy, United Kingdom, Johnson, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Science Advances, World Economic Forum, Envrionment, U K, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Marine Conservation Society

Golden State bans hotel mini-toiletries in effort to minimize waste

To reduce the impact of plastic waste pollution, California banned hotel and lodging use and distribution of travel-size plastic toiletries. No longer will miniature personal care products like shampoos, conditioners and liquid bath soaps be part of the amenities package. The proliferation of single-use plastics has devastated the environment and is overwhelming landfills. To minimize the single-use plastic footprint, the Golden State shall phase out toiletry bottles from all lodging accommodati...
Tags: Design, News, California, Hotels, Environment, Policy, Hilton, Waste Reduction, Waste Disposal, Eco-inspiration, Golden State, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotel Group, Single-use Plastics, InterContinental Group IHG, Clean the World Foundation

Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for urba...
Tags: Design, Hiking, Environment, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Bjarke Ingels, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Big, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Waste Disposal, Carbon-neutral, Green Roof

NRPA and Coca-Cola partner to install trash traps to clean Atlanta waterways

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the leading nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recently partnered up with beverage giant Coca-Cola to install trash trap systems in southwest Atlanta. The initiative seeks to keep pollution out of estuaries the Proctor Creek feeds into, such as the Chattahoochee River, and ultimately the ocean. As a 9-mile tributary of the Chattahoochee River, Proctor Creek experiences both stormwater runoff and flooding. The wate...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Atlanta, Waste Management, Coca Cola, Water Quality, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, PepsiCo Inc, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Litter Cleanup, Chattahoochee River, National Recreation and Park Association NRPA, NRPA, Atlanta Public Schools

Ireland plans to ban single-use plastics

In a move that has environmentalists cheering, Ireland recently overhauled its waste sector by announcing a ban on single-use plastics, including cutlery, straws, cups, food containers and cotton bud sticks. The initiative also called for doubling the rate of recycled material and is considering new levy requirements for non-recyclable plastics, such as those found in food packaging at groceries. Richard Bruton, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, explained that the ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Recycle, Recycling, Waste Disposal, Emerald Isle, Single-use Plastic Packaging, Richard Bruton, Bruton, Single Use Plastic, Single Use Packaging, Single-use

New report reveals 70 million metric tons of plastic burned worldwide each year

A new report reveals the scale of the world’s plastic problem and the alarming amount of plastic that is burned. Despite the grave and well-documented consequences for human health, about 12 percent of all plastic in the U.S. is burned. In middle- and low-income countries without the infrastructure to recycle, plastic is burned at a much higher rate. According to the report, published by Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International, WasteAid and The Institute of Development Studies, a double-decker bu...
Tags: Design, News, Plastic, United Nations, American Chemistry Council, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Institute of Development Studies, Burning trash, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Burning Plastic, Tearfund Fauna Flora International WasteAid, Dow Chemical ExxonMobil Formosa Plastics Corp, Procter Gamble The Alliance

Even the most remote islands are victims of plastic pollution

Plastic hasn’t taken much more than a century to conquer the entire world. Since plastic’s invention in 1907, it has infiltrated even the most remote island chains, according to a new study by marine biologist Jennifer Lavers and her associates. When the researchers visited the Cocos Keeling Islands — 6 square miles of land 1,300 miles off Australia’s northwest coast — they found a staggering accumulation of plastic waste. Because nearly no one lives on the islands, the plastic bags, straws, cu...
Tags: Design, News, Australia, Environment, Ocean, Plastic, Npr, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Antarctic Studies, Cocos Keeling Islands, Institute for Marine, Jennifer Lavers, Lavers, University of Tasmania Related

Second Nature transforms abandoned fishing nets into 3D-printed seashells and bowls

Did you know that ghost nets are considered among the deadliest ocean debris in the world? The term refers not to haunting specters in the water, but discarded synthetic fishing nets that pollute the seabed and trap fish, mammals and other sea creatures. To raise awareness about these abandoned fishing nets and marine plastic pollution, Rotterdam-based research and design studio The New Raw has launched a new initiative called Second Nature that’s transforming the deadly ghost nets into 3D-prin...
Tags: Design, 3d Printing, Circular Economy, Mediterranean, Recycled Materials, Plastic Waste, Ocean Pollution, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Rotterdam, Seashells, Fishing Net, Galaxidi, Second Nature, Daphne Matziaraki, Marine Plastic Pollution

Hotel group in Rome eliminates plastic bottles for Earth Day

Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Collection is demonstrating that you may not be able to single-handedly solve the world’s problems, but cleaning up your own house — or hotel — is a significant step that anybody can take. Starting this Earth Day, the hotel group will remove all plastic bottles from its restaurants and minibars. “The elimination of plastic bottles in our nearly 500 rooms has been a great desire of ours,” said Maurizio Bettoja, president of Bettoja Hotels Collection. “We are taking action o...
Tags: Design, News, Hotels, Corporate Responsibility, Rome, Plastic, Italy, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Sustainability Initiatives, ROME Italy, Plastic bottles, Bettoja Hotels Collection, Maurizio Bettoja, Massimo D'Azeglio, Hotel Mediterraneo Bettoja

New hope for plastic recycling with IBM's VolCat technology

Think how much more material would be reused if plastic recycling didn’t entail washing, sorting and individual processing. Now, IBM researchers have developed a new chemical process called VolatileCatalyst that eliminates these steps. VolCat recycling grinds up plastics, adds a chemical catalyst and cooks them at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. The chemicals eat through polymer strands, producing a fine white powder ready to be made into new containers. By heating PET with ethylene gly...
Tags: Food, Design, Technology, Fish, Pollution, Ocean, Plastic, Ibm, Recycling, DuPont, Waste, Clean Tech, Containers, Green Technology, Recycled Materials, Waste Disposal

Loophole allows 1M tons of sludge to be dumped on Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef is facing a major sludge crisis. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority just approved the dumping of one million tons of sludge on the delicate reef system thanks to a loophole in the country’s law. Marine officials say that port industries have the right to dump waste that is dredged from the ocean floor wherever they want, including over the Great Barrier Reef. Environmentalists are concerned that the sludge will “smother” the reef and are looking ...
Tags: Design, News, Australia, Environment, Bbc, Marine, Great Barrier Reef, University Of Queensland, Coral Reef, Waste Disposal, Sludge, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Greens Party, Larissa Waters, BBC Waters, Hay Point Port

Eco-friendly options for decluttering waste

Clutter in your home creates a weight, in every sense of the word. From the physical weight of moving objects around to the mental weight of maintaining each item, to the emotional weight of retaining items out of guilt. Ultimately, having too much stuff can take a toll. With the documentary Minimalism hitting Netflix a few years ago, and now Marie Kondo teaching everyone how to declutter their homes, the idea of decluttering and downsizing seems to be everywhere these days. There are many reas...
Tags: Facebook, Design, Electronics, Clothing, Shoes, Social Media, Nike, Features, Repair, Netflix, Community, Recycle, Recycling, Sell, Reuse, Landfill

Companies pledge $1.5 billion to reduce plastic waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a group of 28 companies that produce plastics and consumer goods, announced last week that it has pledged to spend $1.5 billion over the next five years to reduce plastic waste. Global companies like Exxon Mobil, Dow DuPont, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell and BASF are all part of the AEPW. The investment will go toward building waste collection infrastructure in Asia and Africa, designing waste-management systems in cities close to rivers that tran...
Tags: Asia, Design, London, News, China, Africa, Environment, Corporate Responsibility, Basf, Unilever, Plastic, Vietnam, Exxon, Plastic Waste, Nestle, Waste Disposal

Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn

For many of us, a trip to the grocery store results in a ton of waste, thanks to the mountain of plastic bags and food packaging. But some stores are trying to change that by going zero-waste and selling in bulk. Precycle is a zero-waste grocery store in Brooklyn that has opened for business, and it is avoiding all plastic by having its customers buy food from bulk containers. Katerina Bogatireva, the owner of Precycle, is from Latvia, and she said that in her home country, food waste is not ac...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Brooklyn, United States, Plastic, Packaging, Latvia, Grocery, Zero Waste, This, Waste Disposal, Eat & Drink, Plastic Packaging, Package Free, Precycle

National Parks are being trashed during the government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, many National Parks are suffering from a lack of staff as well as a complete disregard for the rules by visitors. According to multiple reports, some parks — like Yosemite National Park in California — are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. “It’s a free-for-all,” said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. The Los Angeles ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Design, News, Yosemite, Colorado, California, Government, US, Conservation, National Parks, Waste, Government Shutdown, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Yellowstone

European parliament supports the ban of single-use plastics

The EU adopted new plans last week to ban single-use plastic items like plates, straws, cutlery, balloon sticks and cotton buds — which make up over 70 percent of marine litter — by 2021. Under draft plans approved by Parliament, MEPs also added items to the banned list that contained products made of oxo-degradable plastics, like bags and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene. The ban also incorporates a plan for several other items that do not have an alternative, like single-use ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Eu, Policy, Plastic, Marine Pollution, Recycling, Jamaica, Parliament, European Parliament, Litter, Ocean Pollution, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Plastics

Microplastics have made their way into human poop

Each year, humans around the world produce about 882 billion pounds of plastic waste, and about 80 percent of it ends up in landfills or in the natural environment. Now, scientists are beginning to study the effects of microplastics on people, and it turns out that they are showing up in human poop after contaminating our food. Microplastics are the smallest particles of plastic waste — so small that most are invisible to the human eye. They are found in most bottled and tap water, soil and sea...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Environment, Pollution, Plastic, Poop, Npr, Waste, Waste Disposal, Vienna Austria, Medical University of Vienna, United European Gastroenterology, Human Poop, Microplastics, Philipp Schwabl

Plastic-eating mushrooms are the new superheroes in combating the growing waste crisis

A new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London says that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastic waste. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building materials and capable of removing pollutants from soil and wastewater. Whereas plastic generally takes years to degrade, the mushroom, first discovered growing in a Pakistani dump in 2017, could...
Tags: UK, Design, London, News, Environment, Pollution, Plastic, Fungi, Wastewater, Soil, Mushrooms, Waste Disposal, Plastic Pollution, Building Materials, Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

UK bag tariff halves plastic bag marine litter, reduces sales of plastic bags by 86%

Following a 5p charge per bag, the sale of plastic bags in the U.K. has fallen by 86 percent, according to reports from the “big seven” supermarkets in the country. Scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) have also found that approximately 50 percent of plastic bag marine litter has been eliminated from the Earth’s waters since the tax was put into effect. Statistics on individual consumption show a decline from 140 bags per person to 19 as a result o...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Design, News, Tax, Earth, Policy, Birds, Plastic bags, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Sustainability Initiatives, Plastic Pollution, Thames River, Maes

This floating park in Rotterdam is made from recycled plastic waste

More than 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined to pollute the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam. On July 4, 2018, Recycled Island Foundation opened its prototype to the public: a floating park made entirely from recycled plastic waste and appropriately named the Recycled Park. According to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, more than 1,000 cubic meters of plastic waste is transported every year down the Meuse River and ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Park, Pollution, Plastic, Innovation, Recycling, The Netherlands, North Sea, Parks, Bruges, Sustainable Design, Plastic Waste, Ocean Pollution, Waste Disposal

This groundbreaking new machine can recycle 220 pounds of diapers in a single hour

It takes hundreds of years for disposable diapers to decompose in landfills – but this new machine can turn 220 pounds of dirty diapers into clean, raw materials in a single hour. Sz-Chwun John Hwang and a team of researchers at Taiwan’s Chung Hua University built the machine as a pilot plant – and they’re planning to build a larger facility that can recycle 10 tons of used diapers in just one day. Disposable diapers are convenient but problematic Have you ever thought about the evolution o...
Tags: Science, Design, Environment, Research, Taiwan, Features, Carbon Emissions, Recycle, Recycling, Landfill, Waste, Water Conservation, Methane, Recycled Materials, Inhabitots, Eco Kids

Wet wipe pollution is clogging up riverbeds across the UK

The UK’s obsession with wet wipes is completely changing rivers around the country. A London environmental group found a 1,000-fold increase in the number of wet wipes showing up in waterways, with more than 5,000 of them covering the bed of the Thames in just 116 square meters (about 1,250 square feet). “The Thames riverbed is changing. Wet wipes are accumulating on the riverbed and affecting the shape of the riverbed,” said Kirsten Downer of Thames 21, a non-profit working to clean up the riv...
Tags: UK, England, Design, London, News, Thames, Water Pollution, Environmental Destruction, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Downer, Wet Wipes, Deposit Photos, River Pollution, Thames 21, Thames pollution

Urban Rivers designs a multiplayer Trashbot Game to clean the Chicago River

The non-profit organization Urban Rivers is currently fundraising to deploy a remote-controlled, trash-cleaning robot on the Chicago River. Urban Rivers already has a prototype out in the water and hopes to expand this into a full-fledged, multiplayer internet game. The organization’s “Trashbot Game” would allow players to control the robot from afar using simple keyboard directions to gather trash throughout the river. “We really hope that one day, this game is just so boring, because there’s ...
Tags: Design, News, Game, Environment, Chicago, River, Pollution, Innovation, Rivers, Baltimore, Trash, Video Game, Waste Disposal, Chicago River, Trashbot, Urban rivers

California's "Butt Lady picks up 1,000,000 littered cigarette butts in 3.5 years

Cigarette butts account for an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of trash produced worldwide annually, a good number of which never even find their way into proper trash receptacles. Instead, most of them are ingested by aquatic creatures, wildlife, and pets, or simply left to languish in streets everywhere as litter. Sick and tired of seeing her town of Auburn, California marred by the toxic trash, resident Sally Dawly decided that she would make it her aim to pick up every stray butt she encounte...
Tags: Design, News, California, Pollution, Auburn, Cigarettes, Trash, Social Responsibility, Waste Disposal, Eco-inspiration, Auburn California, Cigarette Butts, Deposit Photos, Sally Dawly, Butt Lady, Dawly

HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted — 46 percent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy. Read on to find out how. What Is HomeBiogas? HomeBiogas is one of several successful projects to come about from Kickstarter. The Israeli company, which began its crowdfunding efforts in 2015, focuses on turning everyday food wast...
Tags: Design, Cook, China, Renewable Energy, Features, Uganda, Innovation, Clean Energy, Jordan, Greenhouse Gases, Composting, Alternative Energy, Waste Disposal, Green Energy, Clean Power, Recycling And Composting

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