The facts and statistics that detail the amount of plastic waste in the environment do not paint a pretty picture. In fact, plastic waste statistics are disastrous. In the last decade, there has been more plastic churned out of factories around the world, used (sometimes for just seconds), and dumped than ever before in history. A shocking fifty percent of this has been used just once. It is then discarded and sits festering in dump yards, waterways, and in oceans around the world, taking a
Do you feel strongly about zero waste living? Do you find it hard to adopt zero waste living and want some tips on reducing the amount of rubbish you produce? Well, I don’t pretend to know it all but I’ve been passionate about reducing waste for years. My ethos is - everything I buy has to work hard for my money. I live on a very tight budget and have to account for every penny. The stuff I buy has to work hard for me
When something becomes superfluous to our needs we need to either dispose of it effectively or find a use for it. Biodegradable waste has become one of those things. There’s simply way too much of it. The problem is, when it ends up in landfills it leaches greenhouse gases. These cause global warming. There is also the financial cost of disposing of biodegradable waste. Significantly there has been a shift in how we view biodegradable waste. Europe, in particular, leads the fight against waste. It wants
We use plastic for nearly everything in our lives. In fact, plastic has become so ubiquitous that it is hard to find reasonable plastic alternatives. From shopping bags, toothbrushes, storing food, product containers, you name it, plastic is involved in it. The problem is that the majority of this plastic is single-use. Which means it can’t be recycled. Instead, it’s thrown away or littered and ends up as plastic pollution. To say that the planet is under siege from plastic pollution is a grave understatement.
If you are reading this then it stands to reason that you are concerned about plastic pollution and what it is doing to our planet. You might have seen video clips of scuba divers, battling their way through tonnes of plastic waste in the oceans. Or you may have read about the enormous swathe of plastic waste now floating in the Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t heard of it it’s called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic waste.
Did you know that there are some things that contain cancer causing chemicals and you use them almost every day? Let's see and analyze them. Recently, we have been bombed about the dangers of formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, and PVC. These carcinogens can be found in everyday items such as paints, perfumes, shampoos, plastics, and rubber. But there are more dangerous items that we use in our homes every day. By simply throwing or quitting using these six items that contain cancer causing chemicals, you might save
A team of researchers in Europe have created a prototype device called "The Fungi Mutarium" which uses fungi to safely break down plastic and replace it with edible mushrooms. The research team is comprised of two Vienna-based industrial designers and a number of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The device that they created harnesses the natural cleaning and purifying power of fungi, and creates a condition where the fungi can easily break down and absorb the trash, replacing it with more fungi. The device has
Plastic — can you imagine a day without it? It has come to be a component of nearly everything we buy and use, it seems. On the one hand, plastic has made things possible that might not have been possible. On the other hand, there are a few major problems (at least) with its widespread use: It lasts longer than we can adequately comprehend. It causes harm to countless animals and fish that try to consume it or get entangled in it. Much of it