TAG: Toxic waste

Our Lost Purpose

Our Lost Purpose

Many of us have forgotten our destined role in the world, our final and most important contribution to the earth: ourselves. But despite our self-declared superiority, we humans are an integral part of the ecosystem and provide the earth and other living beings nutrients as we pass and eventually disintegrate into the ground, completing a necessary cycle that is imposed on every living species. At least, that is how it is supposed to happen. Our culture has turned death into a business and what seems an attempt at preservation or the encasing of the body in dignity has lead to… read more

Recycle Your Leftover Paint

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Paint projects often end before all of the paint in the can is used up. Improper storage, aging and waste contribute to excess leftover paints, which is where recycling operations come into play. Paint must be properly disposed of and it is unlawful to just throw it away due to its toxic compounds. It can be recycled, and paint is one of the main collected items at household hazardous waste facilities. As pointed out by Earth911, prior to 1978 paints were readily made with mercury, a neurological toxin. Oil-based paints produce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the air, and are… read more

Greek Yogurt Produces Toxic Waste

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Greek yogurt, everybody’s favorite tasty, healthy snack, has an ugly side to it. Each year, the manufacturers of the confection are left with millions of gallons of acidic, toxic waste. You see, the process in which Greek yogurt is created differs from that of traditional yogurt. The Greek variety yields acid whey, a toxin that kills marine life during its decompository process. No known technique for doing away with the waste has been standardized, leaving the millions of pounds of waste sitting around. A few suggestions are feeding it to livestock, turning it into infant formula, generating electricity, and more…. read more

Recycling Car Parts

Recycling Automobile Parts

When it comes time to dispose of items we may not recycle often, like automobile parts, it may take some research to find out where to take them. Vehicle parts and maintenance items need to be properly castoff in order to keep toxins out of surroundings and to reuse existing sources. According to Earth911 around 75% of old cars are recycled for iron and steel, and along with recovering remaining parts, this produces enough savings to create the equivalent of 85 million barrels of oil per year. Brake pads and brake shoes are made of around 15-30% recyclable copper. Oil filters, which… read more

Could You Live Without Plastic Bags?

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What started as a friendly contest between two Colorado cities has now become a documentary on the hazards of using plastic bags. In October last year, I attended a film screening at Oregon State University.  All in attendance learned something new that day and left a little more aware of why not to use plastic bags. The film screening was for “Bag-It: The Movie”.  It follows an average Colorado man named Jeb Berrier, who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags.  This decision leads Berrier to start being more conscientious of plastic bag consumption, how the bags are made,… read more

5 Major Facts About Pollution

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Pollution is a troublesome subject. We all know it’s bad for the earth, bad for our lungs, and does terrible things to rivers, ponds, and lakes where illegal dumping is commonplace. However, if quizzed on your knowledge of smog and the like, would you be able to hold a proper discussion? Do you even know why it’s bad? Blackle Mag presents a list of pollution facts below, the kind that hopefully will keep you up at night wondering how you can be of help in finding a solution. And if not keeping you up at night, perhaps giving you second… read more

Recycling’s Dark Side

Recycling’s Dark Side

Bangladesh houses one of the world’s largest ship dismantling yards. Located in Chittagong, this vast area along the coast holds enormous vessels no longer in service that are waiting to be taken apart and recycled. Some of the largest maritime vessels retire here, awaiting their exhaustive tear down and reprocessing phase. When seeing the sheer scale of some of these floating giants, it would be unimaginable if they were not reclaimed. The metal and every part possible from the ships are recycled and sold in markets and to companies. There are reportedly thousands of laborers that work at this particular shipyard which… read more

Piracy & the Environment

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With the continuing increase of piracy, we are clearly in need of better maritime protection. But beyond bringing piratical acts to justice, steps must also be taken to remedy the root causes that turn people to piracy in the first place. Pirates are not sea loving adventurers, but often those with no other means of survival on even the most basic level. Many factors contributing to piracy have remained the same, as recruits are brought together by the appalling humanitarian conditions in which they live, coming from nations with financial instability and a lack of central government. Recruits are often young men with no other source… read more

Lessons from Niger Delta

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The Niger Delta is an oil-rich part of Nigeria. Oil prospecting and extraction operations have been undertaken by multinational companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, which was part of the controversial case The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre and another v Nigeria (“SERAC case”) which was heard by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In a nutshell, the SERAC case was a lawsuit where the plaintiffs argued that the government of Nigeria was directly involved in oil production through the state owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company in a joint venture with Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, and that… read more