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Wudan Yan

23 April 2019

Kyaiklat, Myanmar

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Recycled waste from rice mills offers an alternative to mangrove forests as a fuel source. In the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar, rice mills are beginning to use their byproducts to create rice-husk briquettes. The logs, ...

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James A. Anderson

22 April 2019

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) is a model that charges residents of a given city for the trash they throw away, aiming to spur people to decrease the amount of waste they dispose. Acting like a utility payment, this model ha...

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Stephen Moss

21 April 2019

Crickhowell, United Kingdom

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All across the UK, zero-waste shops are gaining traction, with over 100 stores popping up in the last two years. They encourage shoppers to buy in bulk, minimize plastic waste, and ponder the power they have as consum...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

16 April 2019

El Salvador

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Giving guns a nonviolent afterlife can also increase economic opportunity for struggling communities. In El Salvador, IM Swedish Development Partner, a nongovernmental organization, is addressing the issue of guns and...

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India Block

13 April 2019

Mumbai, India

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A new cafe in Mumbai is made entirely of cardboard to showcase the material's structural stability and dynamism, as well as its environmental sustainability. Everything from walls to chairs, and tables to lampshades, ...

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Maroosha Muzaffar

9 April 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Millennials are having fewer children and caring more about environmental impact, so the toy industry is now experimenting with a newly popular "toy subscription" service. Rather than accumulating mass quantities of p...

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Julia Migné

8 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Making fashion sustainable requires a shift in the culture of the industry. Several brands and organizations are already working to change the unethical and unsustainable practices in fashion. From mobilizing hashtags...

The Huffington Post

Max S. Kim

8 April 2019

Seoul, South Korea

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In South Korea, a combination of grassroots movements and government campaigns have dramatically reduced the country's food waste by 95% (about 400 metric tons a day). Residents are required to buy special biodegradab...

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Monica Humphries

5 April 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair c...

KPHO-TV

Ashleigh Jackson

3 April 2019

Elkhart, Indiana, United States

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Elkhart Community Schools in Indiana has teamed up with a nonprofit called Cultivate to provide meals for students who may go without food over the weekend. In this pilot program, 20 students will receive a backpack f...

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Homa Bash

26 March 2019

Cleveland, United States

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A new fitness craze called plogging has taken Cleveland, Ohio by storm. Participants pick up trash while jogging, adding physical health to environmental benefits.

The New York Times

Michael Corkery

22 March 2019

Combined Locks, Wisconsin, United States

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Rather than close their doors for good, Wisconsin paper mills have adapted to the booming internet business and begun making something even Amazon needs: cardboard. Though traditional glossy paper sales have plummeted...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

22 March 2019

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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In the mountain towns of Telluride and Mountain Village, locals are going beyond banning plastic bags and are thinking bigger about how to reduce single-use plastic. The Telluride Venture Accelerator focuses on bringi...

Yes! Magazine

Fran Korten

20 March 2019

Bahamas

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Earlier this year, a youth-led initiative called Bahamas Plastic Movement successfully convinced the government of the Bahamas to ban all single-use plastics across the country. The founder started a summer camp for B...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

8 March 2019

Haverhill, Ohio, United States

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A common type of plastic, Polypropylene, is usually “downcycled” - meaning it makes lower quality materials when recycled. A new innovation in recycling will allow it to be recycled into “virgin” material that is cost...

Inhabitat

Dawn Hammon

7 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Cove is a new water bottle brand hoping to disrupt dependence on single-use plastics. Cove is made of PHA, which is compostable and biodegradable. Still in its early stages, it hopes to manufacture across the U.S. to ...

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Peter Yeung

26 February 2019

Norway

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Infinitum, a Norwegian company, aims to create a never-ending loop of plastic reuse and their deposit hub recycles 97 percent of the country’s plastic drink bottles. While critics question the focus on continuing to p...

New Atlas

David Szondy

24 February 2019

Anniston, Alabama, United States

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At a US Army facility in Alabama, nine robots, created by Sandia National Laboratories, was able to decommission and recycle army munitions. What has historically been a dangerous job for humans, these robots are able...

NPR

Cassandra Profita

4 February 2019

Oregon, United States

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Despite the overall downturn in recycling markets, Oregon recycled 90 percent of the beverage containers covered by its bottle deposit system, representing a huge jump from 64 percent the year before. Officials credit...

Daily Emerald

Donny Morrison

3 February 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Second-hand clothing store Buffalo Exchange receives donations of difficult to sell fur coats and sends them to Coats for Cubs, which repurposes the coats into bedding for recovering wild animals. The real fur bedding...

The New York Times

JoAnna Klein

31 January 2019

Melbourne, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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A civil engineer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia is converting biosolids, or disinfected leftovers from the water treatment process, into bricks for building. He claims they look...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

29 January 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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In Eskilstuna, Sweden, there is a different kind of shopping mall – one that sells used and upcycled goods. In an effort to combat consumerism and bolster sustainability, the mall, called ReTuna, is nicely curated and...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

28 January 2019

United States

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Microfiber company PrimaLoft has developed a new insulation material for clothing like fleece jackets that is made from recycled fiber. Other materials can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, but the new material br...

BBC

Adrienne Bernhard

28 January 2019

New York, United States

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As many governments and societies are waking up to the negative effects on the environment that comes with an overreliance on plastics, scientists, engineers, and designers are developing myriad new materials. From st...

NPR

Michael Sullivan

26 January 2019

Indonesia

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The island nation of Indonesia is the world's second biggest polluter of marine plastics, which can be disastrous for its tourism industry, setting aside the obvious environmental hazards. But two sisters in Bali took...

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