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

Good Net: New project turning ghost nets into volleyball nets launches on Copacabana Beach

Good Net, a new project which upcycles discarded fishing nets into volleyball nets for local communities, has been launched on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. The Good Net project is a team effort between the international governing body for volleyball, FIVB, and the marine conservation group, Ghost Fishing, acting as one to remove Ghost Nets from the ocean and give them new life as volleyball … Continue reading Good Net: New project turning ghost nets into volleyball nets launches on Copacabana Beach

Norway creates “most efficient and environmentally friendly ways” of recycling plastic bottles by incentivising recycling

Norway has created one of the “most efficient and environmentally friendly ways” of recycling plastic bottles, by incentivising recycling. Norway’s model is based on a loan scheme, which means when a consumer buys a plastic bottle, they are charged a small additional fee equivalent to about 13 to 30 US cents. This fee can be returned for a deposit, or to small shops and gas … Continue reading Norway creates “most efficient and environmentally friendly ways” of recycling plastic bottles by incentivising recycling

Local council and plastics packaging manufacturer create UK’s first local circular economy for plastic

Huntingdonshire has created the UK’s first local circular economy for plastic – whereby discarded plastics are collected, cleaned, reprocessed and reused all within the region. The initiative is being led by Huntingdonshire District Council in collaboration with a local plastics packaging manufacturer, Charpak Ltd. Under the scheme, packaging is removed from bins in the street, cleaned and processed and then recycled back into plastic to … Continue reading Local council and plastics packaging manufacturer create UK’s first local circular economy for plastic

Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

Around two million tonnes of flowers in India are discarded every day after religious ceremonies at temples and mosques. The floral waste – everything from marigolds, carnations and roses – can be difficult to dispose of and often end up in rivers such as the Ganges. Now eco-entrepreneur and chemical engineer, Parimala Shivaprasad believes she has found a solution in a by-product of the floral waste. The 26-year-old … Continue reading Student develops way to extract essential oils from India’s floral waste

The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

The Flipflopi – a Kenyan community-built boat constructed from recycled marine plastic and flip-flops – has set sail on its first overseas mission to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution. Departing from Lamu on the Kenyan coast on 24 January, the FlipFlopi will sail south along the coasts of Kenya stopping in Watamu, Kilifi, Mombasa and Diani, before crossing into northern Tanzania with planned stops … Continue reading The Flipflopi: Boat made from recycled plastic and flip-flops sets sail on awareness-raising mission

Contact lens recycling scheme launches UK-wide to tackle plastic pollution

Contact lens wearers in the UK will now be able to recycle their contact lenses as the country’s first free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses is rolled out. Wearers of any brand of soft lens will have the option of dropping off used contact lenses and their packaging at a network of recycling bins at Boots Opticians and selected independent stores, or having them collected. The programme … Continue reading Contact lens recycling scheme launches UK-wide to tackle plastic pollution

Deliveroo issues biodegradable paper inserts in pizza boxes to help tackle recycling issues

With pizza a popular takeaway choice, many pizza boxes find their way into recycling carts afterwards given that the packaging is traditionally made of 100% recyclable materials. But any slight taint of grease or leftover food can deem the box unrecyclable. A recent poll by takeaway delivery service, Deliveroo has found that many consumers do not realise that if the pizza boxes become stained with excess food … Continue reading Deliveroo issues biodegradable paper inserts in pizza boxes to help tackle recycling issues

Commuters in Indonesian city pay for their bus ride by recycling plastic bottles

Indonesia has a major issue with plastic waste, but now the city of Surabaya has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste – by giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles. Under the scheme launched by Indonesia’s second-largest city in April, commuters can ride red city buses, known as SuroBoyo Bus, by dropping off plastic bottles … Continue reading Commuters in Indonesian city pay for their bus ride by recycling plastic bottles