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Rethinking waste

Green (Living) Review

Waste as resource not as recyclables by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We must begin, also at home and at work, to see “waste” not as something to be thrown away because there is no away and we must see “waste” as a resource for reuse and upcycling. So-called recycling, which best should be referred to as “downcycling”, does not cut it, to be very honest, and we must seriously rethink how we handle and what we do with the waste that we generate, and we generate far too much of it.

Zero Waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Zero waste is a nice idea and concept but does it work as an individual action? A fair number of people around the developed world are attempting a zero waste lifestyle and claim that they are having great success. They have very little waste they produce, but for many that means waste that they can't get rid off in the various “recycling” streams. The idea of zero waste may be all the rage right now but realistic it is not really.

Packaging Waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The greatest scourge, as far as waste is concerned and the amount of it, is packaging waste and much of it, because of the way that it is made – the packaging, not the waste – is also not recyclable.

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Reuse: The stepchild of waste management (in our homes)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For some peculiar reason, despite the fact that the 3Rs of waste management are “reduce, reuse, recycle” most people and even governments only seem to understand them as being “recycle, recycle, recycle” and reuse is, literally, being ignored like a poor stepchild or orphan. Next to reducing our, especially packaging, waste REUSE must be our priority in managing our waste; at home, at school, and at work.

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Be creative and reduce waste

Green (Living) Review

There are many things that are considered waste and waste products by the majority and the powers-that-be that, in fact, can become the resources for making things we want and need ourselves, or as gifts for family and friends.

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RecycleMatch launches an eBay-style market system for industrial waste

Green (Living) Review

RecycleMatch launches online bidding for waste and recyclables by Michael Smith (Veshengro) RecycleMatch, the first online Business-to-Business (B2B) marketplace for business recycling and waste diversion, has recently announced that it is creating the first online marketplace to address $90 billion business recycling and zero waste market RecycleMatch gives companies a new way to buy, sell or give away their large volumes of waste and commodity recyclables.

UK ROADMAP TO ACHIEVE ZERO FOOD WASTE TO LANDFILL LAUNCHED

Green (Living) Review

The report, entitled ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ is the culmination of more than two years’ work and sets the framework to achieve a food waste-free future by 2020. food waste food waste to energy waste to energy

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£30m food waste recycling facility to be built in Dagenham

Green (Living) Review

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has given planning consent to ReFood UK for its next major anaerobic digestion plant for food waste. A further £20m is being invested in the new gas-to-grid plant in Widnes, which will be able to take 90,000 tonnes of food waste.

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Are we missing the point with the “war on waste”?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Methinks that we certainly are for the point is not waste reduction and recycling but reduction of consumption and reuse. Waste is something that is – more or less – unavoidable, if we count all waste, including human waste.

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Meet the Microorganisms That Will Save the Planet (And the Fashion Industry)

Eco Chic

Kristal Peters, a veteran of the luxury fashion industry, believes that fashion should set a higher standard of sustainability for the rest of the business. “[But] employees who work in the fashion industry need to be fully educated on this movement. From Domusweb.it.

Nature does not know waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There is no waste in Nature. We must not just reduce, minimize or avoid waste; we must eliminate, if and where possible, the very concept of waste, by design.

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Industry response to The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Green (Living) Review

“Positive progress but more must still be done” Earlier this month (7 July), WRAP launched England’s first action plan to increase the quantity and quality of both domestic and commercial food waste recycling.

'Reduce waste, buy packaged' crusade looks to bust food waste myths

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A campaign to educate consumers about the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste launched apparently in later summer 2013 to counter negative public perception on the issue. INCPEN, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, has launched ''The Good, The Bad and The Spudly'' initiative in response to growing awareness of wasteful food habits, both in the home and throughout the supply chain.

WMS Metal Industries Sorts Recyclables and Makes $ With Push of Button

Green Prophet

The United Arab Emirates is planning to ban non-biodegradable plastic products beginning next year, and it is possible it can work with the latest technological invention from WMS Metal Industries now working locally.

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The real R's of waste management

Green (Living) Review

Reducing waste to start with and then reuse (and repurposing) never gets a looking in and a mention. The most obvious is to reduce the waste that we produce; the other to reduce our consumption of things we do not really need. Only after all has failed and as a last resort there comes Recycle: Recycling is presented to us as almost the be all and end all of waste management and how we should treat our rubbish but it should never be the fist choice.

Keeping the industrial economy and stopping climate change is an illusion

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) To think we can keep the industrial economy and stop climate change is an illusion. Thus we have to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions are but part of our industrial pollution. climate change industrial economy economy

Award-Winning Industrial Designer Creates Elegant Functional Erotic Art

Green Prophet

As an industrial designer, his specialty is medical devices, but his passions have always run a bit more personal. I went to Berlin to see a big show just to travel around and see people in this industry. That’s when I knew this is the place for me, an industrial designer.

The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

" ~ Jeremy Irons, actor; executive producer of Trashed Waste is something we make every day, but we rarely give it much thought. That is changing, though, as emerging programs around the globe show many ways in which a community can achieve zero-waste status.

Netafim Drip Irrigation Recognized by Stockholm Industry Water Award

Green Prophet

Drip irrigation technology is a key component of Israel’s agricultural success , and Netafim is one of the industry’s leaders. Founded in 1965 and currently operating in more than 100 countries, the company recently received the prestigious 2013 Stockholm Industry Award.

Recycling waste as a resource

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) When it comes to recycling where waste is seen as a resource, especially as regards to collection from commercial premises, contamination must be avoided.

GOVERNMENT MUST PREVENT WASTED OPPORTUNITIES

Green (Living) Review

The UK government''s ''zero waste'' economy objective is highly desirable but unrealistic. We need to push responsibility for waste up the supply chain and put a brake on waste by design. In its latest report, CIWEM challenges government to ensure that everyone takes responsibility for waste – not just the waste management sector. By looking at materials at the beginning of the production process, there is the potential to prevent waste by design.

Mountains of Toxic E-Waste in Pakistan are a Goldmine

Green Prophet

Thousands of tons of electronic waste are dumped in Pakistan each year, creating a hazard, and a mountain of opportunities for recyclers. Nobody knows for sure how much electronic waste is dumped in Pakistan, but it’s easily in the thousands of tons every year.

Waste does not exists until we create it

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Waste does not exists until we create it. Every piece of “discard” must be considered a potential raw material for something else and must be prevented from becoming waste.

'Reduce waste, buy packaged' crusade looks to bust food waste myths

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A campaign to educate consumers about the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste has been launched to counter negative public perception on the issue.

Oil Industry Investigates Ormat Success Turning Waste Water into Energy

Green Prophet

Every barrel of oil co-produces 10 barrels of waste fluids hot enough to make energy. Towards the end of the life of an oil field or a natural gas field, the operating cost of managing the waste water is the main reason why fields are shut down, wells are plugged and abandoned.

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Food waste

Green (Living) Review

and industry – oh God! – but very little is actually being done to prevent food waste. But back to waste food and what to do about it, at home and elsewhere. When it comes to food waste at home and how to avoid it there are a number of steps to take.

Zero Waste Challenge: How to make changes in your daily life to reduce waste

Environmental News Network

It may not be the sexiest report of the year, but there were some interesting takeaways in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal Solid Waste Fact Sheet, released in June 2015. According to the EPA, in 2013 our per capita municipal solid waste was down by a third of a pound to 4.4

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Green (Living) Review

It is hoped by the Swedish government that the tax break on appliances will spur the creation of a new home-repairs service industry, providing much-needed jobs for new immigrants who lack formal education.

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World wastes at least a billion tons of food a year

Green (Living) Review

billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization commissioned a report on food loss and waste, as rising prices and diminished production worldwide have contributed to an increase in food insecurity. Food waste, by contrast, is when retailers and consumers throw edible food in the trash. But food is not the only resource that is being wasted.

Sainsbury’s puts all store waste to positive use

Green (Living) Review

Sainsbury’s has achieved its 20x20 sustainability target of putting all its store waste to positive use – and diverting it from landfill. And all general waste from stores is recycled or turned into fuel.

Europe heading for dismal fail on its zero waste policy on plastics

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The plastics industry is not going to achieve zero waste to landfill until 2037, which is a full 17 years later than its stated 2020 target. This is the the damning conclusion of new research from European trade association PlasticsEurope which has examined current progress to date on recycling and recovery of waste plastics across the EU. zero to landfill Plastic Waste recycling

The Music Industry's Battle Against Plastic Junk

Green (Living) Review

The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, with roughly 90,000 attendees in Tennessee, produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days. That's 15 pounds of waste per festival-goer — nearly twice the average amount a U.S.

BiogenGreenfinch food waste plant gets green light in Hertfordshire

Green (Living) Review

The 45,000 tonne per year facility will process food waste from retailers, manufacturers and households to produce renewable electricity for up to 3,600 homes and a bio-fertiliser for nearby farmland. We look forward to working with local food waste producers on this exciting project.”

Barriers to Solid Waste Recycling in Saudi Arabia

Green Prophet

There are significant barriers that hinder the wide application of reverse logistics in some industries of Saudi Arabia. These drivers worked well in the oil industry of Saudi Arabia. There should be more encouragement for recycling by the Industrial Developing Fund.

Green Deeds: Don't Waste Food, Man (10 Tips)

Green Prophet

A 2008 WRAP Food Waste report stated that British consumers throw away up to 30% of their food; our poor management of food may be a contributing factor. While some cannot afford basic green foods, we cannot afford to waste ours.

Pheasant Stocking an Unfortunate Waste of Money

10,000 Birds

So, let companies hydrofrack for natural gas on state land, polluting ground water and putting a huge industrial footprint in the middle of what should be managed as habitat for native wildlife, and use what pittance the state receives in return in order to raise and release vast flocks of non-native birds that will be shot quickly?

Israel’s Energy Industries Wins Power From Garbage Contract in Ghana

Green Prophet

Energy Industries, a company which specializes in converting energy from plants and other organic material, was awarded a contract to construct a plant in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, to create electric power from natural gas extracted from a large landfill.

Quicargo puts empty trucks back in business

Green Prophet

Quicargo, the latest in startups making old inefficient worlds more sustainable, targets inefficiency in the global transportation industry. It is a huge waste of fuel, manpower, air pollution and road congestion. Green Tech and Gadgets greenhouse gases shipping industry

Greenstone Revolutionizes Lebanese Building Industry One Green-Roof Villa at a Time

Green Prophet

This villa is part of a growing movement in Lebanon that is revolutionizing the green building industry. This may look like an ordinary villa on a hill, but it’s not.

The UK’s first food waste supermarket opens

Green (Living) Review

The food is priced on a pay as you feel basis and has already helped desperate families to feed their children The UK’s first food waste supermarket has opened in Pudsey, near Leeds.