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Waste Dive

Cole Rosengren

2 August 2016

Hawaii, United States

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As news and awareness about plastic pollution gains traction, a host of companies are looking for answers. Startup ByFusion is one of the latest to join in with a plan to turn plastic that washes ashore into construct...

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Lily Kuo

22 June 2016

Ghana

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Recycled kitchen waste and charcoal ash makes for healthy soil healthy that is more resilient to climate change. For centuries, women in Ghana and Liberia have used this technique on their farmlands, which are renowne...

Ensia

Andrew Urevig

15 January 2016

United States

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Looking at what recycled phosphorus could do for corn in the United States, the country’s number one crop, a study found that we’d need just 37 percent of available recyclable domestic phosphorus to fertilize all of t...

KQED

Lauren Farrar

23 December 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Check out how the non-profit, Lava Mae, converts old public transportation buses into mobile showers for San Francisco's homeless.

The Guardian

Alison Moodie

1 October 2015

Chatsworth, California, United States

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The term circular economy refers to the cycle or reusability, and is an ambitious but realistic goal for many companies to take part in. However, until recently, many lacked the education and technology to implement t...

Ensia

Gabriella Mulligan

14 September 2015

Naivasha, Nakuru County, Kenya

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Sub-Saharan Africa faces significant challenges in two areas that previously may have been considered in separate spheres: lack of access to sanitary waste disposal, and a growing need for clean, affordable energy. No...

The New York Times

Tim McKeough

21 August 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Renovating and furnishing a home can be hugely expensive. Homeowners who are renovating on a budget, and want to do so in a way that is evironmentally friendly, can find recycled luxury kitchens and other lightly used...

The New York Times

Raghu Karnad

29 July 2015

Bhalswa, Delhi, India

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to tackle the mounting trash problem in India, millions of unacknowledged urban poor – known as scavengers and ragpickers to the locals – have been making their livelihood identif...

Omaha World-Herald

Henry J. Cordes

13 July 2015

North Carolina, United States

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When North Carolina cities shifted from using small bins to large carts for recycling, there was a statewide increase in recycling collections. Now in Omaha, Nebraska, where a curbside recycling program has been imple...

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Sarah McColl

23 May 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The demand for growing fresh fruits and vegetables presents a problem for schools, restaurants, and organizations that do not have the space, resources, or labor for greenhouses. Different companies are now repurposin...

Yale Environment 360

Karim Chrobog

20 May 2015

Seoul, South Korea

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According to the United Nations, approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, which is costly to the environment and the economy. In Seoul, technological waste bins calculate the weight of the garbage...

Al Jazeera

Gelareh Darabi

18 May 2015

Ajdovščina, Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia

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"Ghost gear" are nylon nets and other waste left behind in our oceans by fishing boats - they cause massive environmental damage, releasing toxins in the water, ensnaring wildlife, and clogging up beaches. Now one org...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 March 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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One in five seniors reports cutting back on basics like food or heat to afford prescription drugs - for many, cutting back on medicine led to faster health declines, increased hospitalizations and premature death. Sir...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

10 February 2015

İzmir, Turkey

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An absence of public infrastructure and park space hasn't stopped the people of Izmir, Turkey from gathering in and enjoying the outdoors. Now a few clever and creative individuals are helping teach their communities ...

TakePart

Jacob Kushner

8 December 2014

Naivasha, Kenya

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In Kenya, a social enterprise has found a way to convert fecal waste into briquettes that can be safely used as fuel. Although the start-up has only been operational for a short time, they have already developed a wai...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

18 November 2014

Bangladesh

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Each year the brown waters of the Gumani river swell during the summer monsoon, creeping over the surrounding fields to flood Charbhangura, a village of 2,500 people in the Pabna district of northwest Bangladesh - whe...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

7 November 2014

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Thread is a social enterprise out of Pittsburgh taking a two-for-one approach to the issues of both poverty and pollution in Haiti. They help take plastic waste out of the environment by turning it into durable fabric...

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Lorraine Chow

2 September 2014

United States

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Every year, more than 17 billion toilet paper cardboard tubes are thrown into the trash. To cut down on waste and make the tissue more eco-friendly, Scott Naturals line of toilet paper is eliminating the inner tube al...

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Lorraine Chow

27 August 2014

Fairfield, Texas, United States

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Facing repeated droughts, Texas is pioneering a method to turn wastewater into drinking water. Although the process is not quick, the results have lead to an additional 65,000 gallons of drinking water and benefited t...

National Geographic

Peyton Fleming

6 August 2014

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

NationSwell

Lorraine Chow

4 March 2014

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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"Sandwich Me In is a sustainable-practicing restaurant. By that, I mean we have no trash at all," explains owner Justin Vrany who successfully transitioned his Chicago restaurant into a zero-waste establishment.

Next City

Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

12 June 2013

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did a...

FastCompany

Ariel Schwartz

4 December 2012

San Francisco, California, United States

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Yerdle is a website that allows companies to resell their used and returned items in a way that is helpful for customers and the environment. The three co-founders have experience at ZipCar, Walmart, and the Sierra Cl...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 July 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

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