CupCycling: Take-away coffee cups find new life as sketch pads, greetings cards and packaging

Specialist papermaker James Cropper is turning coffee cups into papers and packaging, as part of the world’s first recycling process dedicated to upcycling take-away cups. The initiative, known as CupCycling, saves take-away coffee cups from landfill and incineration, and turns them into environmentally-friendly papers. Around 2.5 billion cups are thrown away each year in the UK. The polyethylene coating of coffee cups means that they … Continue reading CupCycling: Take-away coffee cups find new life as sketch pads, greetings cards and packaging

When to Repair, Replace or Recycle your Appliance [Video + Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The concept of throwaway culture belongs in the waste bin of history. No longer is it necessary to toss out every washer, A/C, vacuum, fridge, and other household appliance and electronic device. This guide is designed to help you decide whether to repair, discard, or replace those broken machines in your life, and which avenues to pursue when you make those choices. via When to Repair, … Continue reading When to Repair, Replace or Recycle your Appliance [Video + Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Rome commuters can now trade in plastic bottles for metro ticket in new recycling initiative

Commuters in Rome who recycle plastic bottles at metro stations can accumulate credits for the purchase of bus and metro tickets. The experimental ecobonus system will be in place for one year at three metro stations: Cipro on the A line, Piramide on the B line, and S. Giovanni on the C line. Commuters can recycle plastic bottles in reverse vending machines in exchange for … Continue reading Rome commuters can now trade in plastic bottles for metro ticket in new recycling initiative

Empower: Creating a global solution to the plastic waste problem by incentivising clean-ups

Norwegian company Empower is building a global plastic waste ecosystem based on the same philosophy as the Norwegian bottle deposit system, incentivising the clean-up of plastic everywhere. Empower has devised a system which allows people to exchange plastic waste for tokens. The tokens can in turn be exchanged for money or used to pay for plastic clean-up in other locations. Collectors get paid a small … Continue reading Empower: Creating a global solution to the plastic waste problem by incentivising clean-ups

pluumo: Sustainable packaging material made from waste feathers offers alternative to polystyrene

UK startup Aeropowder has created a sustainable alternative to polystyrene with their thermal packaging material, pluumo, made from waste feathers from the poultry industry. Pluumo is a food-grade packaging material that is made up of 95% waste feathers from feathers not suitable for down, along with a 5% mix of a bio-binder, wrapped in a compostable sheet – all of which is biodegradable. Pluumo was … Continue reading pluumo: Sustainable packaging material made from waste feathers offers alternative to polystyrene

Your Plastic is not being Recycled [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Plastic pollution is a problem that requires collective action to solve, and the first part of it is letting people know the problem exists. The goal of this infographic is to mass disseminate reasons and solutions. via Your Plastic is not being Recycled [Infographic] — ecogreenlove Continue reading Your Plastic is not being Recycled [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Brewery creates machine that crushes beer bottles into a sand substitute to save New Zealand’s beaches

New Zealand-based brewery DB Breweries is aiming to protect and preserve its shorelines and reverse the country’s sand shortage by turning its used beer bottles into environmentally-friendly sand. The campaign, Beer Bottle Sand, aims to keep recyclable glass out of landfill and sand on the beaches of New Zealand, where erosion has noticeably receded the once vast beach expanses of the island. In New Zealand, three … Continue reading Brewery creates machine that crushes beer bottles into a sand substitute to save New Zealand’s beaches

South Korea now recycles 95% of its food waste

South Korea is taking the lead on cutting food waste – the country has gone from once only recycling 2% of its food waste to now recycling 95%. The massive hike is due to the mandatory recycling of food waste that was brought in by the South Korean government. In 2005, dumping food in landfill was banned. And in 2013, the South Korean government followed … Continue reading South Korea now recycles 95% of its food waste

Aquaman star Jason Momoa shaves off his beard to raise awareness of the planet, recycling and aluminum

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has shaved off his beard in a bid to raise awareness of the health of the planet and recycling, while also promoting a new range of canned water. The Hawaiian actor took to YouTube and social media accounts to share with his fans the moment he shaved off the famous facial hair, which has spawned many hipster beards like it, that … Continue reading Aquaman star Jason Momoa shaves off his beard to raise awareness of the planet, recycling and aluminum

Wildhomes: Artists create habitats for city wildlife from upcycled IKEA products

London-based artists have created a series of habitats for wildlife – which will house local birds, bats and insects in a Greenwich park – by upcycling IKEA products. To mark the launch of IKEA’s new sustainable store in South London, the flat-pack retailer teamed up with artists including Hattie Newman, Adam Furman and Supermundane to transform chairs, tables and kitchen worktops into liveable spaces for animals. … Continue reading Wildhomes: Artists create habitats for city wildlife from upcycled IKEA products