With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

  Olaff Alejo’s salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them. In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household goods say the absence of wholesale stores […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

While soaking up the relaxing cadence of crashing waves on the beach, no one wants to think about how the ocean has basically become garbage soup. But here’s the buzz-killing reality: There are millions of tons of debris floating around in that water—and most of it is plastic. Rich Carey/Shutterstock This constant […]

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Recycled ocean plastic could become the building block of the future

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

More than 300 million tons of plastic trash is generated every year, but less than 8 percent of that waste is recycled. In fact, as much as 12 million tons ends up in the ocean. A new U.S.-based startup, ByFusion, has a novel solution for tackling the growing problem of ocean plastic: turn it […]

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5 Companies Leading the Charge in Using Ocean Plastic in Their Products

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

Scientists estimate that more than 5 million pieces of plastic are floating in the world’s oceans. From flip-flops to microbeads, this pollution poses a serious risk for marine animals, which often mistake plastic for food and starve to death or get caught in plastic packaging and suffocate. Giant plastic islands like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch can […]

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Electronic Recycling Roundup helps students and the environment

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by

Red Deer Public Schools has teamed up with Alberta Recycling and Recycle Logic to raise money for students in need while helping the environment at the same time. People are encouraged to drop off their old or unwanted electronics at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School on Oct. 15 and Oct. […]

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Cardboard Recycling: Environmental Impact

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by

We’re often asked to describe the benefits of recycling. Therefore, this week we’re highlighting some environmental impacts companies might achieve from implementing cardboard recycling programs. Reduced Deforestation Cardboard is made similarly to other paper based products, meaning it often is manufactured from tree pulp. Because manufacturing and distribution facilities typically produce very clean cardboard waste, this material often is […]

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Solar-powered Trashpresso converts plastic and fabric waste into floor tiles

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017 by

A 40-foot shipping container platform holds a complete mobile waste recycling plant capable of upcycling plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Dealing with recyclable materials in the developed world, which often has a recycling infrastructure in place, isn’t nearly as difficult as dealing with waste in off-grid and remote areas, where plastic and […]

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The Worlds First Mall For Recycled Goods

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of […]

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Trash Collectors

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by

Seth Orme, founder of the Pack It Out Crew, on North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail | Photo by Mike Belleme A few years ago, Seth Orme was working his dream job as an outdoor guide in Minnesota. The only problem was, he kept seeing garbage everywhere he hiked. It ruined the experience for him and […]

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When is composting better than recycling ?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Madeleine Somerville June 9, 2016 It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting, repurposing and upcycling all come to mind.  Batteries, bottles, orange peels — […]

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