A 10-Step Plan for the World to Cut Food Loss and Waste in Half By 2030

by Katie Flanagan – August 28, 2019, WRI.org, Print The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year — an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of …

Here’s What Could Go Wrong with the Circular Economy—and How to Keep it on Track

Kevin Moss, WRI.org – August 28, 2019 Print The circular economy—one that breaks the link between economic growth and use of limited resources and also cuts waste from the system—is on the minds of corporate sustainability professionals, governments and researchers. We are all excited about its potential to increase economic prosperity, derive more value from products and reduce emissions. But in the rush to realize …

What sort of effects do those plastic bag bans have?

Vox, Aug 2019, excerpt California’s ban, which also places a 10-cent tax on paper or reusable bags, is one of the most extensive in the nation, while all of Hawaii’s counties have passed laws that ban single-use bags, with some also tacking on a tax as high as 15 cents on other bags. This has led to some backlash, including lawsuits from the plastics …

What We Waste When We Flush the Toilet

Composting toilets keep waste out of the water cycle. But have you heard about the phosphorus cycle? Ricky BaruchDeb Habib posted Aug 16, 2019 Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib put environmental justice into action at their off-grid, sustainable Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center. In this excerpt from their new book Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life …

Advertising results: most people believe that recycling is the greenest and most

Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex By Lloyd Alterl July 25, 2019 Nobody ever lost money making things easier or more convenient, and our planet is paying the price. After the Second World War, the aluminum industry had a problem; there were all these dams built to make electricity and all these aluminum refineries that used …

Ole Miss utilizing solar-powered trashcans

By Jake Thompson, July 12, 2019 OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is taking its waste management into the 21st century. Earlier this year, solar-powered trashcans were placed throughout campus in an effort to be more efficient with trash collection services. The school purchased 25 Bigbelly trashcans in two different styles. One is a compacting can that is a solar …

Plastics focused on recyclability from the beginning. The result is a new kind of plastic called polydiketoenamine or PDK

A report on PDKs has been published recently in the journal Nature Chemistry. “With PDKs, the immutable bonds of conventional plastics are replaced with reversible bonds that allow the plastic to be recycled more effectively.”  Unlike conventional plastics, the monomers of PDK plastic can be recovered and freed from any additives simply by dunking the material in a highly acidic solution. The acid …

NREL planning ahead for recycling of PV, wind turbine blades, and batteries

Your Renewable Energy Technology Is Growing Old — What’s Next? April 23rd, 2019 on Clean Technica.com. Originally published on NREL’s website. The cutting-edge research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will one day go to waste—but not into a landfill. NREL researchers Nate Sunderlin and Kae Fink work on a chemical bath used to replenish …

‘Moment of reckoning’: US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

A host of studies have identified possible links between air pollution and ovarian and breast cancers, which are unusually prevalent in Chester. A 1995 report by the EPA found that air pollution from local industry provides a “large component of the cancer and non-cancer risk to the citizens of Chester”. “There are higher than normal rates of heart disease, stroke and asthma in Chester, which are …

Redesigning the Circular Economy

Redesigning the Circular Economy, Clean Technica, Feb 22, 2019 The circular economy is an umbrella term for different economic schools of thought. ‘Cradle 2 Cradle’ product design methods avoid toxic materials, while ‘Biomimicry’ incorporates design features and processes observed in nature. ‘Industrial Ecology’ and ‘Blue Economy’ talk about the use and reuse of materials, and their system limits. The ‘performance …