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Recycling

Poo powered toilets

India is in the midst of a toilet-building frenzy, the government has set aside $20bn (£15bn) for the health initiative and aims to stop people having to defecate in the open by 2019. One social enterprise in one of India’s poorest areas is taking on the challenge of building public toilets. It is using the … Continue reading »

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Turning plastic into boats

These men in Kenya have decided to do something about the problem of plastic bottles clogging up the beaches of Lamu island. By using the plastic to build boats instead of wood, they also hope to protect the island’s woodland.

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Recycling plastic pots

From www.pottoproduct.co.uk Turning redundant pots into new useful products. It’s estimated that we each own about 39 redundant plastic plant pots and over the UK it is suggested there are over 5 million languishing in sheds and garages.  Why?  Because we all think that one day they might be useful and also up until now, plastic … Continue reading »

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Sustainable Business Awards 2015

Highlights from the Guardian awards:- Cafeology, farming coffee in Guatemala in a way that protects the rainforest, encourages migrating birds and improves the growers’ livelihood. Ikea (yes, that Ikea) investing €1.5 billion in renewable energy equipment, and buying cotton from sustainable sources Divine Chocolate making a profit but still giving cocoa producers a livelihood Interface, a … Continue reading »

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Starch and cellulose wrapping

A number of magazines, for instance from Garden Organic or Permaculture, now come in wrappers made of cellulose (from wood) or potato starch.  The wrappers are biodegradable and compostable. So why do we need plastic wrappers any longer?

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Recycling – eliminate the idea of waste

Terracycle “is on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating waste collection programmes (each one is called a “Brigade”) for previously non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste. The collected waste is then converted into new products, ranging from recycled park benches to upcycled lunchboxes.”

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(Coffee) grounds for optimism

In 34 Unexpected Ways you can learn how to use coffee grounds in the garden to enhance plants, repel slugs and cats, grow mushrooms and many other uses – and even get the grounds for free!

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Microbial Fuel Cell generating electricity from wastewater

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations The Amrita Center of Biotechnology introduced a Microbial Fuel Cell, which utilizes energy from bacterial growth in wastewater to generate electricity while simultaneously bringing about purification of the wastewater – an important step in addressing the sanitation and energy problems that are very relevant in … Continue reading »

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IT and waste collectors in Bangalore

“Bangalore’s streets have always been a concoction of smells, from roasting coffee beans to the doughy sweetness of local bakeries. But the one smell that will probably invade your senses today is the foul stench of garbage. While most of us would crinkle our noses at this stink, waste-pickers busily scavenge through the garbage heaps … Continue reading »

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The man who turns hubcaps into owls

BBC article with video “Ptolemy Elrington sees animals in everyday objects – usually unwanted objects that have been discarded and left as rubbish. The self-styled hubcap artist first became fascinated with scrap when he found an abundance of plastic car waste near his home in Bradford.  Later a trip to India convinced him that a … Continue reading »

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