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Dougal Shaw

6 March 2018

Winchester, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Did you know that the main ingredient in most chewing gum is a synthetic rubber, which resembles a close relationship to plastic? "It's called polyisobutylene," explains Anna Bullus, a British designer, "the same stuf...

The New York Times

Christopher F. Schuetze

28 February 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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As part of a global initiative to reduce the use of plastic, a supermarket in Amsterdam has implemented a plastic-free aisle that houses approximately 700 items packaged in compostable materials, glass, metal or cardb...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

30 January 2018

United States

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Although alcohol and driving don't typically go hand-in-hand, researchers found one way to successfully and safely combine the two. By taking the by-products of the distilling process and combining them with the typic...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan

22 January 2018

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Bioeconomy is the practice of using biological processes and organic materials to reduce waste, and it's gaining traction as a means of business. Finland is home to one of the largest bioproduct mills, where "a whole ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rina Diane Caballar

11 December 2017

Philippines

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After a typhoon hit Dumaguete City in the Philippines’ Central Visayas region, Whitney Fleming began to work with local women “ to create jewelry from materials found in the local dump site.” Eventually their collabor...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Lucy Sheriff

8 December 2017

Argentina

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In Argentina, a trio of friends wanted to curb tire pollution, while simultaneously create financial opportunities for single mothers. That’s exactly what they did. Xinca, is a shoe company that uses rubber from old ...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

29 November 2017

Cremona, Italy

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Cremona is dedicated to decreasing the amount of waste it produces and educating its residents in the process. It intends on creating a 'circular economy' where products are recycled, waste is costly, training program...

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Jessica Lussenhop

25 September 2017

Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

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Many argue that the Burning Man festival has become an exclusive and wasteful indulgence for the wealthy - an opinion that was exacerbated this year when thousands of perfectly good bicycles were left among the debris...

News Deeply

Erica Cirino

7 August 2017

Cape Porpoise, Maine, United States

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When global oil prices drop, so do incentives to recycle plastic materials, and even more plastic debris and trash ends up collecting in our oceans and ecosystem. An alternative solution in the form of "up-cycling" is...

News Deeply

Erica Cirino

26 July 2017

Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, United States

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"Ghost gear" describes the nets, lines, and other debris lost off the back of commercial fishing boats in staggering amounts each year, and it spells death for hundreds of thousands of marine animals and birds who get...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

27 June 2017

Vienna, Austria

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With the staggering amounts of garbage produced by modern lifestyles, waste disposal is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge for communities around the world. Vienna has tackled the trouble of trash with an in...

AzerNews

Amina Nazarli

24 June 2017

Azerbaijan

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Students are paving the path for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future in Azerbaijan. In a state that doesn't sort its garbage, this group of student-volunteers started "Papillon," a project aimed at...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

3 June 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Movies, books, apartments: these are all things we commonly rent. One Danish couple is adding baby clothes to the list to reduce waste.

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Gemma Newby

Sahar Zand

23 May 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

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Eight million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year, including in Haiti where it litters the beaches and causes sanitation issues. A social entrepreneur from Executives Without Borders partnered...

Pro Bono Australia

Wendy Williams

11 May 2017

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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A research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering in Australia has developed a world-first technology 3D printer prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics - a...

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Dougal Shaw

25 April 2017

Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Even with such increasingly popular trends as reusable grocery bags and biodegradable food containers, 70% of plastic products end up in landfills; but with the help of a local start-up, MacRebur, several townships in...

Next City

Rachel Dovey

25 April 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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What happens when you get charged for something? People will be less likely to do it, that’s the theory behind taxing plastic bags, a move that is seeing big results in cities like Chicago.

The Times of India

Mayank Manohar

16 April 2017

New Delhi, India

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In order to encourage people to properly dispose of their waste, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has installed smart vending machines for recyclable waste at Connaught Place and India Gate. In return for making the...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Murray

22 March 2017

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The heating and cooling of homes accounts for some of the greatest energy consumption in the United States, and contributes significantly to the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. A movement of "passive housing" is c...

Al Jazeera

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Juliana Schatz

5 March 2017

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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By 2050 the percentage of the world's population living in cities will increase to two-thirds with significant environmental strains. In Colombia, a company called Conceptos Plasticos collects recyclable plastic mat...

Hindustan Times

Akash Sakaria

20 February 2017

Mumbai, India

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After seeing prayer flowers wasted week after week, one church in Mumbai, India, implemented a new biologically-sustainable solution. The church now creates its own biogas, reducing waste and creatively producing ener...

The Guardian

Olivia Boyd

25 January 2017

France

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P&G, the manufacturer of popular shampoo Head & Shoulders, is teaming up with a recycling business and waste management company to turn discarded plastic found on the beaches of France into special edition shampoo bot...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

5 December 2016

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam, a port city once at the center of trade and commerce, is now threatened by climate change. The city has responded to this threat by totally transforming itself into a hub for sustainable design. It embraces...

Anthropocene Magazine

Adam Minter

1 October 2016

China

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Electronic waste is becoming an increasing environmental problem around the world. In China this "waste" from old computers and phones is being reused and recycled to fuel new innovation.

Eco-Business

Vaidehi Shah

10 August 2016

Singapore

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Coffee pods produce a lot of waste, which is a concern for the environment. In Singapore Nespresso is introducing a model of collecting the pods and using the recycled grounds for fertilizer and compost to support org...

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