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Why The World’s Recycling System Stopped Working

“China’s refusal to become the west’s dumping ground is forcing the world to face up to a waste crisis. On December 31 2017, China, previously the centre of the global recycling trade, abruptly shut its doors to imports of recycled material, citing the fact that large amounts of the waste were “dirty” or “hazardous” and thus a threat to the environment. The prices of plastic scrap collapsed, as did the price of low-grade paper. Suddenly, the lucrative trade that had sprung up shipping recyclables around the world was in crisis. To learn more…..” Source: Financial Times


Humans Have Created 9 Billion Tons of Plastic in the last 67 Years

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and the worst part is the plastics don't break down. They don’t break down like other man-made materials, so three-quarters of the stuff ends up as waste in landfills, littered on land and floating in oceans, lakes and rivers. The plastics boom started in 1950s, and now plastics are everywhere. They are used in packaging like plastic bottles and consumer goods like cellphones and refrigerators. They are in pipes and other construction material. They are in cars and clothing, usually as polyester. Sadly of all the man-made waste, [...]

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Popsicles Made From Polluted Water Raise Environmental Awareness In Taiwan

Focused on environmental change rather than flavor, art students Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of the Arts came up with a line of frozen treats named "Polluted Water Popsicles". The group collected polluted water from 100 locations in Taiwan, first freezing the collected sewage samples and then preserving their creations in polyester resin. The project is intended to spread awareness about water pollution and its deep effect on our world’s population. We should all bin our waste properly and save our water resources. Littering kills animals, destroys natural habitat and has many more negative effects [...]


10 Zero Waste Bloggers You Should Follow Right Now

These Millennials are experts when it comes to waste reduction, and they want you to join the zero waste movement. Living a zero waste lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing. It takes time, persistence, and creativity to eliminate disposable plastics and other single use items from one’s life. It’s a hard process for someone who's not used to it, especially when the whole society does the opposite . That’s why we need good role models and zero waste influencers to show us the way. The Internet is a wonderful resource, with a vibrant community of zero waste bloggers sharing advice, resources, and stories. [...]