With serious implications to the health, well being, and (as anyone who’s ever lived through a garbage workers’ strike will attest to) general sanity of a city’s population at stake, solid waste disposal is a critical part of urban planning. As we start to strain the limitations of state and city government infrastructures in the […]
People in the US throw away over 60 pounds of electronic each year, and all of those expensive gadgets that end up in a dump add lots of toxic pollution to our air, water and soil. Recycling, donating and reusing these devices can potentially make a huge difference, as can thinking twice before purchasing some new fangled object that you probably do not even really need.
The Paper Pulp Helmet’s designers claim the design “meets stringent European safety standards”, and that they’ll be able to sell the 100% recycled (and recyclable!) helmets for about $1.50, retail.
A polluted 28 acre site in New York was once a massive illegal dump, but has now been cleaned up and transformed into a local food hub distribution center.
As plastic bag bans become widespread, some people have deep concerns, and believe that critical questions need examination. Moreover, the discussion needs to be well grounded, so that decision-making derives from good science and sound policy rather than hype. The time is ripe for this, especially as LA undergoes its four-month long environmental review before codifying the ban into law.
Have you always wondered what the numbers found on your plastic containers mean? In 1988 the Society of the Plastics Industry created the resin identification coding system or “RIC”. The RIC is the funny number and bundle of letters you often see inside of a triangle somewhere on your plastic item. Read on to learn about this system.
It might seem highly improbable that just a pile of cardboard, newspaper and grass clippings will magically turn into beautiful rich soil, but that is indeed what actually happens. I saw it with my very own eyes. In our quest to find more space to plant vegetables in our ever expanding garden, we did a trial sandwich composting project on the sunny, but weedy side of our house last October. Now in spring, our simple compost sandwich has really turned out beautifully.
For this year’s America Recycles Week, I decided to focus on clothes recycling, a seldom-discussed but important recycling topic. As the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) writes, “Thanks to fast fashion, the average American now discards 68 pounds of clothing a year, wasting energy, water and landfill space.” We need to cut down on our […]
The laptop on which I am typing this post will sooner or later become obsolete. Some part of it will break or crash. My eco-options at that point are limited. At best, I can drop it off to be recycled, where it might make it to a facility in Asia to be laboriously taken apart […]
When you stop to look at the state of the environment, it’s difficult sometimes not to plunge into despair. Climate change, species loss, water pollution – negative news is real and abundant. But here’s a look at the other side – the hopeful one. Released earlier this year, the U.S. EPA’s annual air quality report […]
A study of school waste in Minnesota’s Twin Cities region has found that 78% of such waste could be recycled, adding to evidence that schools can rack up significant dollar savings that can be redirected to education. Another state-school effort, the Cutting Carbon Initiative, is supporting pilot projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Minnesota […]
Many Americans, especially in urban metropolitan areas, have made it clear they no longer use printed telephone directories — turning to the Internet instead — and would prefer not to receive them. Others want to receive them but would like more information about convenient recycling options. A new Minnesota website announced Wednesday, Don’t Trash the […]
USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander says the volume of landfilled U.S. clothing is still increasing. As the volume of discarded U.S clothing grows, a national for-profit business is expanding to keep up. USAgain, with collections in 11 major metropolitan areas, is finding that the two-year-old U.S. recession isn’t diminishing the number or volume of shirts, pants, […]
People love to travel. Travelling is not the greenest thing to do, generally speaking, since both driving and flying are major contributors to global warming, air pollution, and water pollution. But if you are determined to travel, the least you can do is stay in environmentally friendly accommodation (and offset your travel emissions). One very […]