The Recycling Reflex Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. What if there were something that could create 1.5 million new jobs, reduce carbon emissions equal to taking 50 million cars off the road, cut dependence on foreign oil, increase exports, save water, improve air quality and reduce toxic waste? What if it were low-cost and readily implemented? Wouldn’t everyone do it? At a time of wildfires, droughts and persistent unemployment, wouldn’t it be a centerpiece of the presidential campaign? A drive to make the act of recycling as automatic as stopping at a red light. Well, there is such a thing. The numbers in the first paragraph come from a report prepared by the Tellus Institute for the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups entitled “More Jobs, Less Pollution” that estimates the impact of raising the country’s recycling rate to 75 percent. Moreover, recycling is great for a struggling economy because it is labor intensive. So why don’t people recycle more?
MikeBiddle (MikeBiddle) sur Twitter 40 Terrific Works of Art Made From Common Trash Jul 12 2010 We’ve all heard that “one man’s trash is another mans treasure”. That saying takes on new meaning when we view the world through the eyes of the artists featured in todays post. Artworks Made From Trash Ann P. This ram looks like anything but trash. These delicate birds and other sculptures by Ann can be bought at her store online. Belen Hermosa Got a few thousand CDs lying around? Lamponi Lamponi make some really cool lamps from trash. An old ice scoop makes a good lampshade. This old school hair dryer lamp and others are actually available to purchase. Alex Andromeda This three-legged beast is made from electronic garbage. Computer circuit boards make up this work of art that almost looks like a burning man effigy. It’s hard to believe that this intricate motorcycle was made from random bits of trash. Austinevan This huge dragon was created using aluminium cans. Law Kevin What a stunning sculpture. Another great creation made from common plastic trash. I just love this one.
Facing the Dirty Truth About Recyclable Plastics by Daniel Goleman 05 May 2011: Analysis by daniel goleman On a visit to India a while back I came upon a fenced empty field that was practically buried in flimsy white throwaway plastic bags, the kind you carry your purchases home in from the store. The locals joked that this was “the garden where plastic bags grew.” But when I returned to India last month, I was pleasantly surprised to find that now when you shop in New Delhi, no store will give you a plastic bag for your purchases. That puts India well ahead of most of the world when it comes to this particular ecological issue. Worse, the vast majority of such single-use plastic items never get recycled, and even “degradable” plastics may not degrade all that well. The news on some once-promising plastic alternatives is not so encouraging. The news on once-promising plastic alternatives is not so encouraging. polyethylenes,“ used in one type of “recyclable” plastic bags, do not really disintegrate back into nature. MORE FROM YALE e360
Plastic Pollution in our Oceans Environmental Issues > Oceans Main Page > All Oceans Documents The Basics We're treating the oceans like a trash bin: around 80 percent of marine litter originates on land, and most of that is plastic. Plastic that pollutes our oceans and waterways has severe impacts on our environment and our economy. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastic pollution and dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation. Scientists are investigating the long-term impacts of toxic pollutants absorbed, transported, and consumed by fish and other marine life, including the potential effects on human health. Read more » What it Means to You Plastic pollution affects every waterway, sea and ocean in the world. Solutions The most effective way to stop plastic pollution in our oceans is to make sure it never reaches the water in the first place. NRDC is working on three key strategies to curb plastic water pollution in the U.S. and beyond: 1. 2. 3. What You Can Do 1. 2. 3.
Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Endophytic Fungi + Author Affiliations Bioremediation is an important approach to waste reduction that relies on biological processes to break down a variety of pollutants. This is made possible by the vast metabolic diversity of the microbial world. Received 7 March 2011. Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology. Artists & Products Why Recycle? Local Recycling Department of Public Service, Columbus, Ohio Snow and Ice Plan Quick facts about Columbus' Snow and Ice Plan and Related Snow Information - learn more Parking The Mobility Options Division and Parking Violations Bureau manage parking in the City to ensure reasonable access and turnover for residents and visitors. - learn more Refuse Collection Trash collection for the City of Columbus is managed by the Department of Public Service, Division of Refuse Collection. The City collects trash from more than 320,000 households using trucks with mechanical arms to pickup and empty collection containers. - learn more Recycling Recycling and Columbus really do belong together. Bicycling Welcome to the Bikeway Program for the City of Columbus.
Recycled Art: 66 Masterpieces Made From Junks Ever shocked by the beauty of toilet paper rolls, or saw the chicken formed by the egg shells, or witnessed coolest lion made by tires? Heck, all of them are even made by common things you discarded every day, and they are known as recycled art. (Image Source: Kyle Bean) Recycled art is not something that’s beautiful but just a waste of time and space. Are they really that beautiful and worth the purchase? Atelier Hapax Workshop Hapax excels in creating gorgeous and unique products by using discarded materials provided by their clients. Jeu Dechecs. BRC Designs ‘BRC’ stands for Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, founder of the BRC Designs who reforms timeless and unconventional materials into simple yet unique furniture which design surpasses most expensive furniture. Binary Low Table. Korobeiniki Chair. Protrusion Low Table. Andrew Chase Andrew Chase by the Chase studio is a photographer and one of the few artists who has the talent to form an epic dinosaur with mere metals. Dinosaur. Elephant.
Interesting Things To Do With Plastic Spoons & Forks Plastic spoons, forks and knives? You may ask. Yes, plastic spoons, forks and knives...Check it out! What do you think? Plastic Metal