User: flenvcenter Topic: Waste-Independent
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From Billboards to Beach Gear: Turning Old Billboards Into Surfboard Bags, Backpacks and More 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I think we can all agree that it's great when a company can upcycle what would otherwise become landfill waste -- say, for instance, an old highway billboard -- into a useful product -- say, for instance, a weekender duffle. Turns out an old Gucci ad can live a happy second life as a surfboard bag, iPad mini sleeve or cardholder wallet. Rareform, a California-based company, found a way to use old billboards to create surfboard bags, totes, backpacks, hip pouches, wallets, SUP blade covers and more. To feel the bags, you'd be hard pressed to guess what they once were. To look at them, however, you instantly know they were once something else, from the bits of lettering, images, patches of color that aren't overtly "ad"-y, but may prompt double-takes or conversations. Rareform intercepts billboards before they reach the landfill. Each billboard is made of heavy-duty, water-proof, mildew-proof vinyl. I had no idea that billboards are made of vinyl, and if you didn't either, well, we're not alone. "I had no ...
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Rotting Trash Overwhelms Beirut As Summer Heat Rises 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Summer in the city can be rough. But we've never seen anything like Beirut, where a malodorous mix of political paralysis and festering garbage has residents in a rage. Beirutis are furious that their government failed to avoid a crisis ignited by the long-scheduled closure of a major landfill site last week. The government knew the date that the city dump would shut down -- July 17 -- but the authorities had no ready alternative when the day came. Garbage trucks have nowhere to take the trash, so they've stopped picking it up.  The piles of garbage rotting in the summer heat are triggering health warnings and protests. The Beirut Fire Department said that frustrated residents had  set fire to around 140 dumpsters and trash containers , further polluting the hot and humid air.  The mess is a stark reminder of the governmental crisis afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts can't even agree on where to dump the capital city's rubbish. The Cabinet voted Thursday to  ...
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John Oliver Is Horrified By How Much Food You Waste 20.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  We throw out almost as much as we eat, wasting 40 percent of our food and $165 billion every year, John Oliver said on HBO's " Last Week Tonight " on Sunday.  That's enough to fill 730 football stadiums. "Food waste is like the band Rascall Flatts," Oliver said. "It can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage." We waste so much food that Oliver said, "in 40 years, when your order pizza from Domino's, they'll just deliver it straight to the nearest dumpster -- as they should, but that's not the point here."  All that wasted food doesn't go into stadiums, of course. It goes into dumps -- where, as it decays, it pumps out methane gas, a greenhouse gas that's 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat.   “When we dump food into a landfill, we’re essentially throwing a trash blanket over a flatulent food man and Dutch-ovening the entire planet," Oliver said. As Oliver points out, that food could've been used to feed the hungry instead of going ...
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Pushing Up 18.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Tightening the Screws on Fracking 18.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the most intractable problems of fracking is the threat its toxic, radioactive wastewater poses to our environment and our health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to prevent municipal wastewater treatment plants from accepting this hazardous wastewater is one important step toward a solution. On its face, allowing facilities to treat wastewater laced with heavy metals, radioactive elements, and other dangerous toxic chemicals alongside dirty bath water is a terrible idea. These are plants designed to treat human waste and food scraps. They aren't equipped to deal with arsenic or benzene, which go untreated and are released into our rivers and lakes. Even more alarming, the chlorine used to disinfect water can mix with the bromides present in fracking's wastewater to form trihalomethanes , toxins linked to bladder cancer, miscarriages and still-births. Pennsylvania learned these lessons in 2011, when Carnegie Mellon University researchers detected abnormally high levels of ...
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After EPA Ignored Environmental Racism for Decades, Communities Fight Back 16.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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A Biodegradable Computer Chip That Performs Surprisingly Well 14.7.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

Researchers show that devices based on a material derived from wood work as well as the communications chip in your smartphone.

Biodegradable, wood-based computer chips can perform just as well as chips commonly used for wireless communication, according to new research.

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Staten Island Ship Graveyard Becomes Sight-Seeing Destination 10.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Barbara Goldberg ON THE ARTHUR KILL, N.Y., July 10 (Reuters) - Bright colored kayaks bobbed around the rotted hull of a World War II submarine chaser that was rusted into a ghostly shell and lapped by water as salty as tears. The kayaks paddled by tourists then glided a few feet away to a decayed, partly submerged ferry, part of the "Graveyard of Ships" tour, which winds through a marine salvage yard in New York City that is the final resting place for dozens of working boats and military vessels. Once considered eyesores to steer clear of, some junkyards, underwater scrap yards and landfills are being recast as sight-seeing attractions. Sometimes dubbed "ruin tourism" or even "ruin porn," dramatic photographs online showing deteriorated boats emerging at low tide or automobile carcasses swallowed up by lush moss are enticing the public to see the decaying sites for themselves. "These sites are often appreciated for their authenticity or novelty value as a contemporary ruin," said Karl Kullmann, who ...
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University and college campuses are working toward Zero Waste 9.7.2015 TreeHugger
The Post-Landfill Action Network, launched at the University of New Hampshire, challenges campuses across the continent to start tackling waste seriously.
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Biodegradable disposable plates are made from food waste 8.7.2015 TreeHugger
Here's a new take on disposable tableware: these are made from discarded food.
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Smoke from open cooking fires kill 4 million people each year. These cookies can help. 5.7.2015 TreeHugger
3 billion people still use open fires for cooking and heating, and it's literally killing them. This smokeless cookstove and its fuel cookies are one effective solution.
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Michigan lawmaker wants to call burning tires “renewable energy” 3.7.2015 TreeHugger
Proposed bill would make burning tires and other industrial solid waste count towards the state’s mandate of generating 10 percent of its energy from renewables.
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Ditch the laundry jugs and go plastic-free 30.6.2015 TreeHugger
What's the point of doing laundry with non-toxic soap if it still produces loads of un-recycled plastic waste?
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Plastic Free July Challenge - Tips And Advice 24.6.2015 Planet Ark News
Australians send a million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year, which isn't very sensible! A few Planet Ark staff members are taking on Plastic Free July and have provided some tips on making it a success.
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Take 3 for the Sea! 9.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What do you get when you distill the passion of three individuals with a common disdain for plastic-marine pollution -- Take 3! Established in 2009 by Amanda Marechal, Roberta Dixon-Valk and Tim Silverwood, Take 3 is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a simple message: Take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere, and you have made a difference. Our aim is to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution through education and participation. Take 3 is achieving growing global success through its simple, empowering messages of personal responsibility for the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, waterways and broader environment. The reason for this is we have a massive problem! And it is an ever-growing problem. Plastic Marine Pollution We share this planet with approximately 7.3 billion people and counting (http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/), with all of us producing waste. A large percentage of this is waste is plastic -- ...
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National Park Service kicks off zero-landfill pilot 8.6.2015 TreeHugger
Three of America's most iconic National Parks are getting a helping hand on their waste management practices from Subaru's zero-landfill experts.
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How to Stop Wasting Food 8.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food waste is a huge problem, with estimates that nearly 30 to 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted each year. This is a startling statistic when you consider reports showing that more than 49 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. There's also a significant impact on the environment to consider as the majority of food waste, reported to be 33.5 million tons annually, ends up in landfills where it rots and produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Nearly 50 percent of food waste is produced by consumers, with farms, businesses and industry comprising the rest. Raising awareness of food waste is the first step in battling this epic problem, and then change has to start with the individual. Making an effort to decrease the amount of food you waste has several benefits, from money savings to environmental support and even philanthropy. Curious where to start? A little planning and self-awareness goes a long ...
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B.C. eyes more garbage policy reforms 23.5.2015 Science / Technology News

But it's not yet clear whether any new rules will steer more garbage to waste incinerators, landfills or other technologies in the years ahead. Environment Minister Mary Polak appointed Surrey MLA Marvin Hunt to review the issue last fall when the province rejected Metro Vancouver's attempt to ban out-of-region waste hauling - a measure to protect the regional district's tipping fee revenue.

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School cafeterias now offering compostable plates at mealtime 22.5.2015 TreeHugger
Good news! An alliance of the largest school boards in the U.S. has opted to spend a bit more on compostable plates in order to cut down on waste.
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