TAG: Waste

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

Manmade garbage islands are the epitome of a wasteful society, and one is an ever growing reminder of the tossed out and seemingly forgotten. A former inlet west of Malé called Thilafushi, a water haven with white sand beaches, became a growing lure for tourists. This created another growing problem, waste. Garbage became an overwhelming issue in the area, and  it received an altering transformation in 1992. The idea was concocted to dig into the watery earth of the cove and use the depth to conceal the ever-piling trash. Far from a sensible approach to waste management, excess trash soon began stemming… read more

Carpet Gets Off The Floor

Carpet Gets Off The Floor

Old carpeting and remnants can account for a surprising amount of waste. Though most carpet does end up in the landfill, it can be recycled. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics, in 2011 the amount of carpet that was recycled averaged 9%. The following designs are surprisingly made from old carpet, and are also examples of just what can be done with creative recycling endeavors. You would never think that this children’s bike was made entirely from residential nylon carpet. Called the Wishbone Bike Recycled Edition 3 In 1 from Wishbone Design Studio, it is constructed from 100% post-consumer… read more

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Art And Resources From Project Vortex

Project Vortex is a unique resource offering a cooperative network of global artists, architects and creative types that use plastics as a medium for their work. Utilizing ocean plastic offers a way to reduce the amount of pollution in the gyres, where an incredible amount of it circles around the world’s waterways. They provide a list of collaborating artists, display gallery pieces and sponsor exhibits made mostly from plastic ocean debris. They also offer educational resources, like Project Vortex University, thier online library which provides a connection for individuals who are trying to find a way to work with plastic ocean… read more

Give Recycled Cardboard A New Look

Give Recycled Cardboard And Paper A New Look

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 30 million tons of cardboard was generated from businesses in the U.S. in 2012. Of this amount, 91% was recycled that same year. Paper Recycles reported that there was a drop in the amount of recycled corrugated cardboard in 2013, seeing only 88.5% recovered in the U.S. last year. The EPA stated that corrugated cardboard is among the easiest material to recycle. Steve Wintercroft of Wintercroft Masks has come up with a fun way to reuse cardboard. He has designed a collection of do it yourself, printable masks that are intended… read more

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Landscaping as we generally think of it today didn’t become popular until around the 1700’s. Manicured lawns, perfectly shaped shrubbery, greenery and colorful plants – plus water waste, high water bills and inefficient yard space that can work against a home’s efficiency. Not to mention the upkeep, and all for a lawn that provides mostly only an aesthetic benefit. However, this idea of a landscaped yard is a stark contrast from utilitarian views of the space, employed for centuries by farmers, home gardeners and budget conscious residents. Today, the lawn is one of the many areas that are being given a second look… read more

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

The Earthworm Advantage

The Earthworm Advantage

Forget high-tech machinery and farm implements. Earthworms themselves are the equivalent of countless inventories of agricultural equipment, compliments of Mother Nature. Vermiculture, or worm cultivation, uses sustainable farming techniques and efficient ways of turning waste into benefit, naturally. Worms eat up what we might consider waste, consuming much of what we just scrape off our dinner plates. They aerate the soil and compost waste organically, helping the soil afterwards. This effect is circular of course, since better soil equals healthier plants which lends to more nutritious meals, and so on. This do it yourself video shows simple steps for creating an… read more

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

Paper waste

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

The Hidden Cost of Packaging

Hidden Cost of Packaging

The cost of packaging goes beyond the environmental and economic waste it creates at the end of its useful life. All current packaging materials – whether virgin, recycled, degradable, or synthetic – will create a debt beyond current efforts of environmental management. Tracing back to the origins of materials we splinter off into several directions. Bio-plastics made from corn and other natural resources begin, to an extent, on a plot of industrial farmland, where maximized productivity is a key focus. Crops grown for use in plastics are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to humans and creatures alike. They also… read more