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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Rethinking waste

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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. We must change our attitude and come to see waste – at least most of it – as a resource from which to fashion things and not as so-called recyclables. reuse upcycling waste waste as resource

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8 Green Items Every Home Should Have

Green Home Blog

8 Green Items Every Home Should Have. Greening your home can be a daunting process. With all the options out there for reducing waste, boosting efficiency, and getting rid of toxins, it can be hard to know where to start.

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Nature Conservancy - Science

Electronic waste generates a certain amount of schizophrenia among environmental scientists. We all use the products of the modern computerized world, and appreciate how cell phones and working at home have reduced some resource use — for example, in copper wires and gasoline. E-waste.

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Whisky Will Power 9,000 Homes With New Biomass Plant

Wend Magazine

According to GOOD , this area of Scotland is “home to half the country’s 100 distilleries,&# and it provides tasty whisky to people all over the world. Producing tons of byproduct that goes to waste is not.

Israelis design 3D-printed home for NASA village on Mars!

Green Prophet

They are currently developing a frameless 3D printer which extrudes recycled building cement through a robotic arm, reducing labor costs and construction waste.

Nonprofit Creates Roofs From Plastic Bottles, Reducing Waste And Creating Jobs At Same Time

Green (Living) Review

The material hanging over rural Ecuadorians'' homes, for example, is typically built from either grasses -- which attract insects, leak horribly and collapse when water-logged -- or corrugated tin -- which, in a country that averages 86 degrees , transforms homes into ovens.

Modern Philanthropic Art: The Homeless Homes Project!

Elephant Journal

Not only are Kloene and his team of cohorts reducing and re-using waste, they are providing shelter to those in need in their community. Using creativity and an artistic platform to boot!

6 Simple Ways to Green Up your Office Space

Hug a Tree with Me

While we may be curbing our footprint by driving less, we are still contributing to un-econess by generating waste and burning massive amounts of energy. Recycle your paper, plastic and aluminum waste with your local recycling center , and recycle your ink cartridges at Cartridges for Kids.

Tiny trash homes “buy” humanity with salvaged waste

Green Prophet

He erects one-room houses to hotel the homeless, dumpster diving for raw materials which he reassembles into inventive (and minuscule) mobile homes. This is where upcycling is perfect to help those who don’t have money to shop or buy a home of their own.


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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. Generate over 1 terrawatt-hour (Twh) electricity a year, enough to power over 600,000 homes.

How many envelopes wasted?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How many envelopes from letters and other materials received on a daily basis in our homes and businesses are wasted despite the fact that the backs are clean and thus could be used for notes?

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

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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.

£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.

1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally every year

Green (Living) Review

billion tons of food are being wasted. Much of that in our very homes though another great amount of that between field and store and then another great amount of that in the stores. The fact is that we waste more food than we would need to feed the entire Planet several times over.

Eleven Ways to Reduce Paper Waste

Green Living Ideas

Sure, you have read all about paper conservation… but how many pointers have you adopted in your home or office? There are so many EASY ways to reduce paper waste, and we hope to inspire you with our list of 11 ways to reduce paper waste.

Curbside Food Waste Collection – A Growing Trend

Environmental News Network

By Debra Atlas, Sierra Club Green Home. Sierra Club Green Home explores a growing trend that creates a viable alternative to this: curbside food waste collection. Already over 160 communities in 16 states have implemented curbside food waste collection programs.

Natural Home Guide

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Natural Home Guide from www.v Here you can find room-by-room tips and product suggestions, so you can create a comfortable, inviting and happy natural home of your own. bamboo natural home guide greenwashing greenwash bamboo lies

'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.

Waste not, want not

Environmental Economics

The gas bubbles up alongside the oil, and with less economic incentive to capture it, the drillers treat the gas as waste and simply burn it.

Alicia Silverstone Shares Tips on Reducing Waste


Though we’ve already posted today about a video she shared on The Kind Life , we couldn’t help but include a great compilation of info that the new mama posted about reducing waste. For the full list of ideas on how to help reduce waste, visit Silverstone’s blog !

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How Much Does Your Food Waste Cost You?

Green Living Ideas

This is a day intended to raise awareness around the world regarding food waste in our homes, which I know doesn’t sound like thrilling dinner conversation, but I assure you the numbers will shock you nonetheless. The post How Much Does Your Food Waste Cost You?

Top 20 Home Improvement Sites: GreenLivingIdeas Makes The List!

Green Living Ideas

Home improvement comes in many forms. your home. Greening your home has a plethora of benefits. Second, your home is healthier. And of course, you’re improving your home and increasing its resale value. Home energy efficiency tips.

Burning Trash to Power 200 Island Homes in the Gulf

Green Prophet

A small island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has announced plans to use the heat from burning trash to generate electricity for roughly 200 homes. With a capacity of one to two megawatts, the Delma Island project will be able to provide power for 200 homes.

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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.

The UK steps up green living a notch: the biggest home improvement scheme since WWII

Green Living Ideas

The UK government has taken control of the quickly spiralling environmental situation that grips the country with “the biggest home-improvement scheme since WWII”. The scheme also hopes to reduce property owners’ bill-spending significantly, which is how the home improvements will be financed.

Bangladesh Hits One Million Solar Home Systems - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

OPIC, Export Import Bank, and President Obama’s Climate Legacy » Bangladesh Hits One Million Solar Home Systems. In one of the poorest countries on earth, a renewable energy company, Grameen Shakti, is busy installing nearly 1,000 solar home systems each day. Compass.

Food waste

Green (Living) Review

but very little is actually being done to prevent food waste. People are being urged to waste less food – common sense really but then common sense is not all that common and somewhat of a misnomer – but much of the waste happens before it ever reaches the consumer.

36 Years Opposing Ringling Bros. Circus, 36 Years Wasted


Not only that, while the Feld’s say that their existing animals – lions, tigers, camels, donkey’s, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas – will go to to “suitable homes” (whatever that means), nothing is said about the horses, goats and pigs. So after 146 years, the Ringling Bros.

'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.

Pono Home: Creating Greener, Healthier Homes

Green Living Ideas

Pono Home is changing the face of green living in Honolulu. With just one in-home consult, Pono Home offers homeowners AND renters the opportunity to see decreased electricity bills, decreased water usage, healthier indoor air quality and decreased toxins in your home.

Going Green In Your Home

Green Prophet

This can be hard in the Middle East where summer time can be overwhelming, but it is important to know that most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house.

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

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.

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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5 Big Green Changes for Your Home

Green Home Blog

5 Big Green Changes for Your Home. When you’re ready to expand your green lifestyle, your home is a great place to start. To help you, we’ve put together our list of five big changes that will make your home clean, green, efficient, and safe. In most cases, all this water is mixed together before it makes its way to a water treatment plant, but it’s possible to capture the greywater in your home for reuse. From Greenhome: Home greywater system.

EU schoolkids build food waste charter includes doggy bags and free food

Green Prophet

The European Charter against food waste was just presented at Milan Expo 2015, two weeks before the end of the six-month-long world’s fair which was focused on feeding the world. An estimated third of all food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted – about 1.3

New Invention Turns Plastic Bags into Crude Oil for Heating Homes.

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Waste, in this case, food waste

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food waste green living by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This photo was sent to the Austrian broadcast station ORF heute konkret by a viewer and shows a dumpster outside of a branch of a well-known supermarket chain in Vienna after the shop had closed in late July 2014.

5 Tips To End Food Waste This Ramadan

Green Prophet

The level of food waste occurring during the holy Muslim month of fasting goes against the very spirit of Ramadan. Although there was plenty of food, the organisers made a concerted effort to ensure that none of the food went to waste and most of us went home with some leftovers.