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How a unique industry collaboration is bottling a new future for U.S. glass recycling

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018 by

New Belgium Brewing’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the same every year. It’s not the ingredients it uses to make its beer or the trucks that distribute its product. It’s the glass bottles. Katie Wallace, director of social and environmental responsibility for New Belgium Brewing, wanted to reduce her company’s emissions from […]

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The Sherlock Holmes Method for Raising Your Recycling Savvy

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018 by

Daniel Dern I try to work recycling into my daily routine, but sometimes, the answer to “what do I do with this?” is less than obvious and some sleuthing is required. Like today’s detectives, those of us pursuing a green, sustainable lifestyle have […]

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Scottish researchers find way to target gold in e-scrap

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are developing a new compound to extract gold from used electronics. Around 7% of the world’s gold is inside e-scrap, of which less than one-third is currently salvaged, according to project leader Professor Jason Love. One tonne of gold ore contains around up to 5 grams of pure gold. […]

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Oregon Adopts A Statewide Refillable Beer Bottle System

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by

Once a beer bottle is drained, it usually goes to a recycling plant, where the glass can be heated and molded into a new product. But what if we just used the beer bottle again? That’s the basic idea behind a new refillable bottle system […]

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This beauty brand will source 100% of its packaging from ocean plastic

Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018 by

[Photo: Kevin Murphy] Last year, Kevin Murphy, the Australian founder of the eponymous hair care company, was chatting with a couple of friends who had just returned from Bali. When they’d go to the beach in the morning, the sand would be pristine, but by the afternoon the beaches would be covered in plastic. […]

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A Rwandan Engineer Is Recycling Glass Bottles Into Bricks

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by

At 32, Aimable Mutabazi already has his own construction and brick manufacturing company — but his bricks aren’t quite like the ones that hold up so many homes. The engineer started thinking about a better brick when he was still a sophomore at the […]

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Port of Amsterdam plant will convert plastic to ship fuel

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by

Dutch company Bin2Barrel is building a plant at the Port of Amsterdam that will convert unrecyclable plastic into diesel fuel for cargo ships, the United Nations Environment Program said in an announcement. The plant will be the first of four “plastic to fuel” facilities built near the port and is estimated to start operations by the […]

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Your next shirt could be made from fruit and vegetable scraps

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018 by

The fashion industry is said to be the second most polluting industry on Earth after oil and gas. It requires enormous quantities of resources, including water, land, and fossil fuels, to make fabric. The production process is often harmful to the environment, relying on harsh chemical dyes and finishes. Fortunately, more people are […]

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How Do You Recycle an Entire Building?

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by

It’s a silly question, isn’t it? How could something so massive as a building be recycled? Well, as the old saying goes, the devil is in the details. Though we tend to think of buildings as singular entities, in reality, they are complex structures made of thousands (if not millions) of smaller parts. And, […]

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City of Freiburg has a brilliant alternative to disposable coffee cups

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by

© Freiburg Cup Customers pay €1 for a reusable cup that can be returned to any participating business in the city center. How often have you found yourself needing a coffee on the run, yet without a reusable mug? Does it prevent you from ordering that coffee? Unless you’re Bea Johnson, the answer is […]

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