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Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

Remember Cradle to Cradle? Even if you didn’t read the book, terms like “upcycling” – which it made popular -have become a part of our common language when discussing resource reuse. The physical book was even an example of upcycling: rather than...

Posted January 23, 2015    

Did Mayor de Blasio Really Reject A Plan For Expanded Polystyrene Recycling?

That’s what a press release from Restaurant Action Alliance NYC claims:In an economic and environmental defeat for small business owners and New York City taxpayers, Mayor de Blasio and Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced...

Posted January 17, 2015    

OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just...

Posted January 14, 2015    

How To Make Compost From Roadkill [VIDEO]

Animals die. Sometimes from means that we argue over – slaughter for meat, hunting – sometimes from natural causes, and sometimes from accidents. If you’ve ever hit an animal with your car, you know you probably felt just sick afterwards (and,...

Posted January 11, 2015    

Dumping Food Scraps On Your Head: A Good Way To Raise Awareness Of Wasted Food?

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? If you logged into Facebook at all last year, you know what I’m talking about: those homemade videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves. The Challenge raised a ton of awareness about ALS/Lou...

Posted January 10, 2015    

16-Year-Old's Mission To Stop Water Bottle Pollution

Most 16-year-olds today are trying to figure out how to get their grades up or how they can impress their crush. For 16-year-old Ben DeBlois, though, stopping water bottle pollution is the top priority.The budding environmentalist and eco-...

Posted January 3, 2015    

History And Culture From A New York Dumpster [VIDEO]

If you follow online dumpster diving communities, like those at Facebook and reddit, you’ll see lots of pictures of the treasures divers find… from massive amounts of edible food to electronics still in its packaging to unworn clothes that have...

Posted January 2, 2015    

Recycling Food Waste Into Meals For The Hungry [VIDEO]

While I’m sure that campus cafeterias, like restaurants, are pretty good at estimating the amount of food they’ll need to cook on any given day, they’re always going to overshoot by some… and that means leftovers. Some of this food will no...

Posted December 29, 2014    

The Zero Waste Manufacturing Location: That's Just Greenwash, Right?

Now that we’re focusing on waste issues here at sustainablog, I’ve had to tune my radar to “wastewashing”: claims about waste reduction by companies that are accurate, but don’t necessarily tell the whole story. The phrase “zero waste,” for instance...

Posted December 28, 2014    

The Battle For Plastic Water Bottles Among Chinese Recyclers [VIDEO]

As we’ve seen before, recycling plastic water bottles and similar materials into more bottles represents a sort of gold standard in the industry: most plastics are “downcycled” into fabrics and fillers that can’t be further recycled. So, you’d think...

Posted December 26, 2014    

What Can You Recycle During The Holidays? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Christmas is upon us, so I thought I’d share this great infographic from our friends at Waste Management about materials that can go in the blue bin as your cleaning up after various holiday activities?So, what can you recycle from gifts,...

Posted December 25, 2014    

Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [VIDEO]

Plastic trash in the ocean: there’s a lot of it, right? We’ve seen Chris Jordan’s photographs from Midway, and the various pics from Asian and African beaches covered with bottles, bags, and other washed-up waste. We’ve heard about “...

Posted December 24, 2014