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Congrats, Humanity, We Trashed a Record Number of Electronics Last Year

The world keeps producing more headphones, microwaves, laptops, air conditioners, and other pieces of electronics even as a record amount ends up as e-waste. A new report concluded that in 2019, humanity generated its highest ever total of e-waste globally, underscoring a rapidly growing problem.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pollution, Recycling, Trash, E Waste


The Lie Behind Plastic Pollution Is That We’re Responsible

In the midst of a mounting plastic crisis, the biggest plastic polluters keep pushing better consumer recycling behaviors as the solution. The plastic waste problem is not going to be solved by doubling down on our efforts to educate the public to recycle better. It can be solved by policies that prevent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Waste, Plastic Pollution


Watch this ridiculous and wonderful low-budget remake of Alien, by the Cardboard Movie Co.

It's been five years since the recycling auteurs at Cardboard Movie Co. released "Jurassic Park: Low-budget Remake." Now they are back with the xenomorphtastic "Alien: Low-budget Remake." Were you terrified by the #Xenomorph in our low budget #Alien remake? Take a look at our #creaturecreator Enrique Piñeros working his magic behind the scenes! #cardboardcreations #moviepropsreplica @donttrythis @testedcom @RidleyScottCG pic.twitter.com/yO4RRgbfSQ— Cardboard Movie Co (@cardboardmovies) Jun...
Tags: Video, Movies, News, Diy, Funny, Parody, Recycling, Cardboard, Cardboard Movie Co, DIY filmmaking, Enrique Piñeros, yO4RRgbfSQ Cardboard Movie Co


How Can A Business Reduce Plastic Waste And Save Money?

While it’s important that we look at our own personal plastic use, it’s also important for our work places to keep an eye on their plastic use as well. Particularly when a business will go though a lot more plastic every year than any individual household would. Yet this is more than just helping keep plastics out of our oceans or away from landfills, using too much plastic can also cost your business more money than you would think. So, by reducing your plastic, you can save yourself money and...
Tags: Startups, Recycling, Others, Plastic Waste, Green Business, Kwiksweep


Silly Billy: what the Ikea bookcase tells us about the true cost of fast furniture

A Billy bookcase is made every three seconds. But with a third of people admitting to throwing away furniture that they could have sold or donated, does the cheap furniture boom have a heavy environmental price?Jo Jackson remembers the day when it was clear that nothing was going to be the same for a while. It was mid-March and Made.com, an online purveyor of millennial-friendly furniture, had big plans for growth in the year of its 10th anniversary. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Environment, Life and style, UK News, Consumer affairs, Retail industry, Ethical and green living, Homes, Ikea, Recycling, Waste, Jackson, Interiors, Billy


The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottlesBeer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Environment, Chemistry, Fossil Fuels, Ethical and green living, Netherlands, Recycling, Waste, Carlsberg, Coca Cola, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Plastics


If the Ancient Romans Could Recycle, Then So Can You

A team of researchers at Pompeii recently discovered evidence that Romans were avid recyclers, according to a weekend Guardian report. It figures that the same society that brought us urban planning, indoor heating, and concrete was also ahead of its time with going green too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Rome, Recycle, Recycling, Archeology, Pompeii, Ancient Rome, Pompeii Eruption


Pompeii ruins show that the Romans invented recycling

Excavations reveal that rubbish left outside the city walls wasn’t just dumped. It was being collected, sorted and resoldThey were expert engineers, way ahead of the curve on underfloor heating, aqueducts and the use of concrete as a building material. Now it turns out that the Romans were also masters at recycling their rubbish.Researchers at Pompeii, the city buried under a thick carpet of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, have found that huge mounds of refuse apparently dumped outs...
Tags: Heritage, Italy, Archaeology, Recycling, Pompeii, Vesuvius


Why Britain’s 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are an eco disaster

With only one in 400 cups recycled, and even those barely ‘green’, the hunt is on for an alternativeBritain gets through 2.5 billion of them every year, and the number is set to increase. But despite a growing clamour for coffee chains to make their cups more environment-friendly, the vast majority are used only once, which critics say is a considerable waste of natural resources.One company vying to produce a truly recyclable alternative claims that the UK’s caffeine addiction is responsible fo...
Tags: Coffee, UK, Environment, UK News, Britain, Ethical and green living, Food & drink industry, Recycling, Starbucks, Waste


Ocean plastic was choking Chile’s shores. Now it’s in Patagonia’s hats

A startup is recycling tonnes of discarded fishing nets throughout Chile. Is this a template for tackling the global plastic waste problem? In Tumbes, a village in southern Chile, discarded plastic fishing nets are crammed into gaps between parked cars and market stalls, evidence of a global waste problem that the town is working to resolve.Until recently, most discarded fishing nets in this coastal fishing village were dumped straight into the sea – contributing to the massive plastic pollution...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Chile, Patagonia, Recycling, Plastics, Tumbes


Samsung Redesigned Its TV Boxes to be Easily Converted Into Cat Houses and Entertainment Centers

Taking a cue from anyone under 10 years old who can come up with endless imaginative uses for an empty cardboard box, Samsung is now making it easy for anyone to recycle or upcycle its TV packaging into other useful household items like magazine racks and fancy cat houses.Read more...
Tags: Crafts, Science, Design, Samsung, Recycling, Cardboard, Eco Friendly, Tvs, Televisions, Upcycling


Mutant bacterial enzyme can break down plastic bottles in just hours

This could be a game-changer for eliminating plastic waste
Tags: News, Trends, Recycling


Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

Bacterial enzyme originally found in compost can be used to make high-quality new bottlesA mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Environment, Recycling, Waste, Plastics


“San Francisco reverses ban on plastic bags, now bars reusable totes”

“The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union is pleading with consumers to ‘just say no to reusable bags’ for the duration of the pandemic, in order to protect baggers and cashiers who’ve inadvertently been placed on the front line.” [Patty Wetli, WTTW] Many cities and states are listening: “San Francisco has reversed its 13-year ban on plastic bags and will now prohibit the reusable bags city leaders once championed because of the coronavirus.” Massachusetts, New Hampshire and other sta...
Tags: Law, Environment, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Recycling, Food Safety, Massachusetts New Hampshire, United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW, COVID, COVID-19 virus, Patty Wetli, Jeff Mordock Washington Times


‘No-waste’ Japanese village is a peek into carbon-neutral future

For 20 years Kamikatsu has led the way in the world’s second biggest producer of plastic wasteThe residents of a remote village on the Japanese island of Shikoku have spent almost two decades reusing, recycling and reducing, united behind a mission to end their dependence on incinerators and landfill as the world struggles to tackle the climate emergency and the plastic waste crisis.Although Kamikatsu, an hour’s drive from the nearest city, Tokushima, and 370 miles from Tokyo, has not managed to...
Tags: Japan, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Ethical and green living, Tokyo, Recycling, Waste, Kamikatsu, Tokushima, Shikoku


European lawmakers propose a ‘right to repair’ for mobiles and laptops

The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a ‘right to repair’ for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. More generally it wants to restrict single-use products, tackle “premature obsolescence” and ban the destruction of unsold durable goods — in order to make sustainable products the norm. The proposals are part of a circular economy action plan that’s intended to deliver on a Commission pledge to transition the bloc to carbon neutrality by 2050. By ...
Tags: Food, Gadgets, Europe, Electronics, Tech, Sustainability, Eu, European Union, Mobile Phones, Commission, European Commission, Environmentalism, Recycling, Circular Economy, E-waste, Reuse


EU plans 'right to repair' rules for phones and tablets

European commission says linear growth model of ‘take, make, use, discard’ has reached limitManufacturers of phones, tablets and laptops will face legal obligations to make their products easier to repair and reuse, under a far-reaching recycling plan from the European Union executive.The European commission wants to drastically increase recycling of electronic goods, which are often difficult to repair, replace batteries or upgrade. Less than 40% of electronic waste in the EU is thought to be r...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, Mobile Phones, European Commission, Recycling


Sonos Won't Brick Your Device Anymore if You Want to Recycle

A few months ago, Sonos drew the ire of some customers and recyclers trying to trade in their old devices. The main issue was that in order to partake in its Trade Up program—which rewards customers with a discount on new Sonos products if they recycle their old ones—you had to essentially brick the device. People…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Speakers, Recycling, Sonos, Consumer Tech, E Waste


SXSW Pitch Finalist: MolyWorks

Christopher Eonta, Founder and CEO of MolyWorks, has a background in chemicalengineering and metallurgy. The Forrest Four-Cast: March 3, 2020 “If you look at the four quadrants of the circular economy, the fourth one — collection, sorting, reprocessing — is the most difficult part. People are willing to send the scrap once or twice, but then they don’t,” says Christopher Eonta, Founder and CEO of MolyWorks. “Wherever the scrap metal is, that’s where you need to be able to convert it into a pr...
Tags: Startups, Metal, Startup, Tesla, Earth, Everest, Recycling, Recovery, Mars, Sxsw, Los Gatos, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Santa Cruz Mountains, Cocoa Beach, Hugh Forrest


The United States has a colossal e-waste problem. This is why

We're not just bad at recycling it. The whole system is broken.
Tags: Trends, Features, United States, Recycling, E-waste, Waste, Emerging Tech, Computer Recycling, Electronics Recycling


To Fix America’s Broken Recycling System, States Want Companies To Foot the Bill

Like many people of her generation, Shelbi Orme, 27, is an ardent environmentalist. On her YouTube channel, where she calls herself “Shelbizleee” (rhymes with Twizzle), she shares tips with her 200,000-plus subscribers about how to live more sustainably, like catching shower water in a bucket as it is heating up and using it to water plants. But when it came to creating less trash, Orme hit obstacles. She strove to show her followers how to be zero waste, by making sure nothing she consumed...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Youtube, Washington, Oregon, China, Germany, Massachusetts, Environment, Uncategorized, America, San Francisco, Manufacturers, European Union, South Africa


Many Plastics Aren't Actually Recyclable, a New Report Shows

Companies say that a lot of single-use plastic items are recyclable: cups, trays, lids, cutlery, straws, stirrers. But it turns out those claims are misleading. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Recycling, Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution


America’s recycled plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds

Many facilities lack the ability to process ‘mixed plastics’, a category of waste that has virtually no market as new productsMany plastic items that Americans put in their recycling bins aren’t being recycled at all, according to a major new survey of hundreds of recycling facilities across the US.The research, conducted by Greanpeace and released on Tuesday, found that out of 367 recycling recovery facilities surveyed none could process coffee pods, fewer than 15% accepted plastic clamshells –...
Tags: Environment, US, America, US news, Recycling, Waste, Plastics, Greanpeace


Scientists Turned McDonald's Fryer Oil Into Plastic Resin For 3D Printed Models That Probably Smell Amazing

There are lots of reasons not to eat greasy deep-fried fast food, the least of which being the challenges involved with disposing of used cooking oil (clogged sewers). But researchers at the University of Toronto found a way to turn oil from a deep fryer into a light-sensitive plastic for 3D printers.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Research, 3d Printing, Recycling, 3d Printers, University of Toronto, McDonald, Stereolithography


The mattress landfill crisis: how the race to bring us better beds led to a recycling nightmare

As the sleep economy grows, online companies vie to sell us new mattresses, offering 100-day returns. This has helped create an impossible waste mountain – and a wild west of rogue recyclersMike Scollick and Richard Allsopp are talking about the worst things they ever found in a mattress. “We had one where I think a dog had been lying on it, and the whole thing was just jumping with fleas,” Allsopp says, shuddering. No one would touch it, so they had to use a cherry picker to move it. But that’s...
Tags: UK, Environment, Life and style, Ethical and green living, Homes, Recycling, Waste, Allsopp, Richard Allsopp, Scollick, Circom


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


Can You Recycle Those Annoying Wire Hangers?

Over the years, you may or not have assembled a collection of flimsy wire hangers in your closet from years of dry-cleaning winter coats. As it turns out, those hangers have a long history. In a story for Vox, writer Dan Greene recently took a deep dive into the origins of the wire hanger—a tale that goes as far back…Read more...
Tags: Green, Recycling, Lifehacks, Vox, Trash, Dan Greene


When the World Sends You Garbage, Send Back Music

Cateura is a small slum in Paraguay, South America, built on a rubbish tip. Desperately poor, its villagers eke out a living by recycling and selling whatever they can find in the garbage. But from these unpromising conditions something beautiful has emerged. And it holds an important lesson for you and me. More…
Tags: Religion, Blog, Recycling, Redemption, Suffering, BBC Radio, The Making of Us Book, Paraguay South America


Your Starbucks Cup May Not Be Getting Recycled

In response to growing concerns around Starbucks’ issues of waste, this year, the coffee chain announced trial runs for its latest recyclable and compostable cup designs in cities like San Francisco and Seattle. Back in 2018, Starbucks also began rolling out its clear, recyclable sippy cups nationwide to be used for…Read more...
Tags: San Francisco, Paper, Recycling, Starbucks, Lifehacks, Seattle Back


How to Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags Forever

On March 1, New York will join states like California in the fight against plastic bags by banning most carryout plastic bags from grocery stores and other retailers.Read more...
Tags: New York, California, Bags, Plastic, Recycling, Lifehacks