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

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