Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Pretty much everyone has seen pieces of furniture or other unwanted items tossed out to the curb to be picked up and escorted to the landfill. Cleaning and periodically ridding your own space of unused things can be a needed renewal, but before you throw anything out you may want to think about giving it a second life. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amount of furniture that is tossed out annually in the U.S. alone is the equivalent of 3 million tons. In 2005, nearly 8.8 million tons of furniture relocated to U.S. landfills. The Environmental Resources Management claims that… read more

Paper Waste and What We Can Do About It

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With the influx of heightened technology, long gone are the days where you have to constantly tote around a pen and pencil to jot down important details. Almost everything you could possibly need to write down can be done on a device, whether on your phone or mobile invention of choice. From calendars to reminder notes, you can just enter information to look at later. Not to mention the availability of online books, magazine subscriptions and virtual offices, most things that were once on paper are now additionally, or exclusively, online. Despite these technological conveniences, paper still remains a mass… read more

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

Recycled Phones And The Rainforest Connection

A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection has proposed a unique use for recycled smartphones. Just funded on Kickstarter, their campaign seeks to use old phones and turn them into live listening devices for rainforest areas. They take the secondhand phones and turn them into devices that can be used to detect the unlawful poaching activity and logging that occurs in the rainforest. Illegal deforestation and poaching is an issue that contributes to many other problems. Unlawful logging is responsible for reducing rainforest habitats and further endangering some species. The damages extend beyond the rainforest also. As much as 10% of greenhouse… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

Model Laws For All

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In matters of common interest in the international community, there exists a practice wherein model laws are drafted for sovereign states to use as a blueprint for national legislation. Environmental model laws also exist, this article seeks to expose the disadvantages of using such instruments in the developing world. In principle, there is nothing wrong with using a model law as a foundation for drafting national legislation. However in a time when there is mounting pressure on all nations of the world to enact relevant environmental legislation and formulate sound environmental policies, there may be danger in using model law… read more

Forcing Change For The Future

Technology Forcing Change

Generally, technology forcing standards can be defined as the formulation in legislation, of a requirement to achieve a certain standard of operation within a specified time period. This can be achieved by using technologies that have not yet been developed for widespread commercial use, but have been shown to be feasible on an experimental basis. Technology forcing standards are quite important in the field of environmental regulation, they are a necessary nudge in the right direction for the biggest producers of environmentally corrupt substances, and large contributors to human induced climate change. The automotive and petroleum industries, for instance, were transformed… read more

Potential For Collaboration

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The non-government and grassroots environmental sector has been growing rapidly over the past thirty years. Not surprisingly, there are now more environmental NGOs and grassroots groups worldwide than ever before. Equally not surprising is the fact that these ‘green-minded’ organisations do not share the same vision, purpose or modus operandi. Consequently, there’s an increasing “silo” effect occurring within the not-for-profit sector. In recent decades, grassroots and NGO environmental groups have played an increasingly influential role in raising global awareness about environmental and sustainability issues – curiously, however, despite the urgency for collective action, there is still resistance from many of the… read more

Corruption Leads To Landfill

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It is trite to say that corruption is one of the most prevalent social ills that plague numerous governments internationally. This is especially true within African states where blatant corruption goes unpunished, thereby fostering a culture of impunity. Corruption by government officials has many dire consequences, and we will focus on the effect of such corruption on environmental obligations which a country must discharge or at least be seen to be discharging. All countries in the global community are encouraged to take part in saving the natural environment from avoidable harm, laws are passed and policies formulated to realise that end. However,… read more

Financing Change

Financing Change

Financial markets have a reputation for being the playground of the greedy and self-serving. However, this attitude towards financial markets is slowly changing as this sector seeks to become a stakeholder in the fight against global warming. In what may be said to be the development of conscious capitalism. International instruments such as the Kyoto protocol have developed a framework for financial services providers to assume a role in the fight against climate change by facilitating carbon trading, and financing climate adaptation. Furthermore, the financial sector seems to be enthusiastically involved in the fight against global warming. The involvement of… read more