Compostable coffee cups

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It is now possible to use coffee cups which go into the compost bin! The problem? Conventional takeaway packaging uses a mix of materials (plastic, card, films, metals). For example, conventional coffee cups are made of card lined with plastic. … Continued

Poo powered toilets

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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 … Continued

Turning plastic into boats

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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.

Recycling plastic pots

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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 … Continued

Starch and cellulose wrapping

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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?

Recycling – eliminate the idea of waste

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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 … Continued