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$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN

A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new reportAt least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and ch...
Tags: Gadgets, Business, Technology, Africa, Environment, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Pollution, United Nations, Global development, Un, Waste

How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?

Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of SargassumThe Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, first detected by Nasa observation satellites in 2011 and now known to be the world’s largest bloom of seaweed, stretches for 5,500 miles (8,850km) from the Gulf of Mexico to the western coast of Africa.Millions of tonnes of floating Sargassum seaweed in coastal waters smother fragile seagrass habitats, suffocate coral reefs an...
Tags: Energy, Business, Science, Mexico, Africa, Environment, Americas, Renewable Energy, UK News, World news, Energy industry, Nasa, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans

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

Whale made of waste / Deux fois la même idée? C’est assez!

THE ORIGINAL? Uman / biodegradable items – 2017 (Click image to enlarge) “Don’t load the planet with what doesn’t belong to it” Source : Ad Forum / Act Responsible Agency : Creamos Medellin (Colombia) LESS ORIGINAL Smurfit Kappa Packagings – 2020 (Click image to enlarge) “Let’s make waste extinct. Join us to create better planet packaging” Source : PHNX Awards, Shark Awards Bronze Agency : In the Company of Huskies (Ireland) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Social, Advertising, Environmental, Pollution, Waste, Non-profit, Whale, Don, Print & Outdoor, Joe La Pompe, Detritus, Creamos Medellín Colombia, Baleine, Pollution Aquatique, Uman, Baleines

Up to 90% of digital data is not used. What sort of society accepts 90% waste? – Interview with Gerry McGovern

Today’s interview is with Gerry McGovern who is the founder and CEO of Customer Carewords and the author of six books on all things digital, content, […]
Tags: Business, Technology, Leadership, Interviews, Big Data, Business Growth, Customer Experience, Change, Culture, Innovation, Waste, Gerry McGovern, Business Development, Customer Carewords, World Wide Waste

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, 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

Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste. Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Waste, Trash, Plastic Pollution, Lauren Singer, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Earther Is A Trash Blog Now

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

Coca-Cola and Pepsi falling short on pledges over plastic – report

Tearfund NGO says drinks makers not doing enough to tackle their plastic pollutionCoca-Cola and Pepsi are not doing enough to reduce their plastic waste footprint globally, according to a report.The charity Tearfund has compiled a league table of how the companies, and Unilever and Nestlé, are faring in their commitments set against a three-point plan. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Coca Cola, Environment, Unilever, Food & drink industry, Waste, Pepsico, Plastics, Pepsi

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

McDonald's UK Will Stop Putting Plastic Toys in Happy Meals Next Year

A few months after celebrating the Happy Meal’s 40th anniversary by resurrecting some of its most popular toys, McDonald’s UK has announced that it will be eliminating plastic toys altogether in the the UK and Ireland.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Restaurants, Ireland, Mcdonalds, Waste, McDonald, Happy Meal

surfing on the same idea / Une idée ressortie de la poubelle?

THE ORIGINAL? Matta x Surfrider Foundation – 2016 Click on image to enlarge Upcycle Surfboard – Watch the Case Study Agency : Unknown (Portugal) LESS ORIGINAL MEO x Rip-Curl – 2020 Click on image to enlarge Unwanted-Shapes – Watch the case study Agency : Partners Dentsu Lisbon (Portugal) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Social, Advertising, Environmental, Pollution, Portugal, Recycle, Surf, Waste, Non-profit, Matta, Recycled, Direct Marketing, Upcycled, Surfboard, Upcycle, Lisbon Portugal

‘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

How to Reduce the Waste You Produce During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Ever since the coronavirus outbreak hit American shores, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of garbage I produce. Like so many others, I bought those handy disinfecting wipes, but every time I use one and then throw it away, it feels wasteful. In addition to that, I’ve also been using far more paper towels than…Read more...
Tags: Environment, Waste, Lifehacks, Coronavirus

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

UK must act to stamp out 'curse' of plastic sachets, say campaigners

Calls for sachets to be included in UK and European legislation banning other single-use items The government must act urgently to stamp out the “curse” of single-use plastic sachets, billions of which are helping to fuel the global plastics crisis, campaigners are warning.A coalition of more than 50 business leaders, politicians and campaigners is demanding that the plastic sachets – used for everything from ketchup to shampoo – be included in European and UK legislation outlawing other “throwa...
Tags: Europe, UK, Money, Activism, Environment, European Union, UK News, Consumer affairs, Waste, Environmental Activism, Plastics

Nike reveals Space Hippie sustainable sneakers made from waste

Nike has launched a new, exploratory collection, aptly named Space Hippie, to highlight the NASA-inspired concept of in-situ resource utilization — the idea of using space-based resources during deep space exploration. By taking the company’s own “space junk” from the floors of its manufacturing warehouses, Nike is turning waste into feedstock, creating a sustainable sneaker that combines high performance with low impact. The Space Hippie shoes are assembled using recycled “space junk”, such as...
Tags: Design, Nike, Nasa, Waste, Recycled Materials, Accessories And Fashion, Recycled Plastic, Dezeen, Post-format-gallery, Nike House of Innovation, Nike Swoosh Nike, Seana Hannah

Deaths of homeless people sleeping in bins prompt calls for action

Exclusive: homelessness surge blamed for rising number of crushing deaths and injuries‘The blade was coming towards him’: how bins pose lethal riskRough sleepers are sheltering in bins all year round, with surging homelessness in the UK blamed for a rising number of deaths by crushing and near-misses while containers are being emptied, a waste industry report has found.Homelessness charities and waste industry officials are calling for action to prevent “terrible fatalities”, after incidents in ...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Poverty, Homelessness, Social exclusion, Waste, Biffa

Victoria's Secret under fire after store dumps hundreds of bras in bin

Discovery draws criticism from those who say fashion industry generates too much wasteHundreds of Victoria’s Secret bras have reportedly been found discarded in a bin close to a recently closed branch of the lingerie store in Colorado.The discovery comes at a time when the fashion industry is under fire for generating significant levels of waste, while Victoria’s Secret continues to face criticism regarding recent controversies. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Colorado, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Victoria, Waste

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

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

'It was like a movie': the high school students who uncovered a toxic waste scandal

In the 90s, an inspirational teacher and his students uncovered corruption and illegal dumping in their backyard. Nearly 30 years on, is Middletown still at risk?In the summer of 1991, Middletown high school, roughly 70 miles north of Manhattan in New York’s verdant Orange County, acquired a handful of video cameras. The goal was to train the school’s teenage students in film-making and media production, using local subjects as a starting point – perhaps a documentary about the city’s sports tea...
Tags: New York, Environment, Pollution, Manhattan, Waste, Orange County, Environmental Activism, Middletown, Fred Isseks, Isseks

World’s consumption of materials hits record 100bn tonnes a year

Unsustainable use of resources is wrecking the planet but recycling is falling, report findsThe amount of material consumed by humanity has passed 100 billion tonnes every year, a report has revealed, but the proportion being recycled is falling.The climate and wildlife emergencies are driven by the unsustainable extraction of fossil fuels, metals, building materials and trees. The report’s authors warn that treating the world’s resources as limitless is leading towards global disaster. Continue...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste

Nike’s “Move to Zero” Sustainability Mission

We speak with the sportswear brand's Chief Sustainability Officer, Noel Kinder about reforming a multi-billion dollar company's practices Commitments to sustainability, especially from multi-billion dollar brands, rarely include top-down assessments of supply chains or altering the final make-up of said brand’s most popular products. Some commit to a broader goal set by another governing organization, while others devote a portion of their profits to offsetting …
Tags: Design, Style, Climate Change, Interviews, Shoes, Nike, Sustainability, Fashion industry, Waste, Sportswear, Sneakers, Nike Air, Nike Flyknit, Noel Kinder, Sports Brands, Sportswear Brands

Colgate launches vegan-certified toothpaste in recyclable tube

Smile for Good brand on sale in Waitrose and Boots, at £5 for 75ml tubeColgate has launched a new toothpaste which is being billed as the first of a kind because it comes in a recyclable tube.Toothpaste tubes have traditionally been impossible to recycle because they are made from a mixture of plastic and aluminium. Consumers get through 20bn packs of toothpaste every year with discarded tubes contributing to the plastic pollution crisis. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Money, Environment, UK News, Consumer affairs, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste, Plastics, Colgate

Laminate Score Sheets For Your Favorite Games So You Can Reuse Them

A few years ago my friend group discovered the dice game Quixx. If you haven’t played it, I highly recommend it. Essentially, you roll a collection of differently-colored dice and then try to mark off numbers on a score sheet based on the totals.Read more...
Tags: Toys, Games, Waste, Lifehacks

What to Do With All Those Cables and Cords You've Hoarded

Over at the Wall Street Journal, writer Katharine Bindley asked us to admit one thing to ourselves: Somewhere, in the back of a closet or an attic, we all have a box of unused cords and cables. Collected throughout a lifetime, their individual purpose remains unclear—yet you hold onto them in fear that you might, one…Read more...
Tags: Electronics, Recycle, Waste, Lifehacks, Wall Street Journal, Katharine Bindley

Artist Nathaniel Stern’s Depictions of Recent Technology in the Distant Future

It’s known that our iPhones will outlive us all. In fact, most mixed-material technology from the last few decades does not get properly recycled; waste management systems are not even in place to do so. Thus, as Fast Company states, “the scale of our technology waste is astronomical.” Wisconsin-based artist Nathaniel Stern probes this in his most recent exhibition, The World After Us: Imaging techno-aesthetic …
Tags: Art, Design, Technology, Environment, Tech, Culture, Wisconsin, Recycling, Waste, Linkaboutit, Nathaniel Stern, Art Exhibits, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Recycled Tech