Less than a year after introducing a textile recycling program in New York City, supporters have pronounced it a grand success.
Last May, the city formed a partnership with Housing Works, a group that helps homeless people who are H.I.V.-positive, to pick up donated clothing at apartment buildings in one of the first large-scale consumer textile recycling programs in the country. The goal is to capture most of the 200,000 tons of apparel and other textiles that New Yorkers throw away each year but that could be reused instead and thereby reduce the city’s garbage disposal costs.
Oh, the lovely soft sculptures of Australia-based artist Helle Jorgensen. What makes them ecofabulous? Well, she makes barnacles from reclaimed wool, and turns discarded plastic bags into beautifully crafted sea anemones. Hmm, I imagine that she finds the reclaimed wool at garage sales and thrift shops, but where does she get that plastic yarn? She makes it herself of course, and if you have the patience that’s required, she’ll even teach you how it’s done.
Waste recycling firm NewEarth Singapore (NES) – which counts mainboard-listed Beng Kuang Marine and Tuas Power among its partners – broke ground yesterday on its new $15 million waste re-utilisation plant at Tuas.
The facility will transform industrial waste into environmentally-safe construction and reclamation materials such as bricks and paving blocks.
Employing its patented ‘crystallisation technology’, NES will, for instance, collect coal bottom ash from Tuas Power’s $2 billion biomass/clean coal plant starting up in end-2012 for this purpose.
The generating company is the majority 60 per cent stakeholder in the joint venture company NewEarth Pte Ltd which owns the technology. NewEarth Pte Ltd’s other partner is Water and Environmental Technologies (a subsidiary of SGX-listed Beng Kuang).
Read more at eco-business.com
If ever you needed extra incentive to recycle the packaging that comes with all your purchases, The Life Box is it. Simply tear up, plant and water, and voila, you’ve planted several trees.
(They’d have to be native to your location though, we think).
What is The Life Box™?
The Life Box™ was invented by Paul Stamets, mycologist, author and founder of Fungi Perfecti®, LLC. The Life Box™ suite of products builds upon the synergy of fungi and plants by infusing spores and seeds together inside of packaging materials that can be planted.
Read more at The Life Box
Stuart Haygarth collects things and then displays them. Stuff you can find in flea markets become stunning exhibits, like his collection of bottles and vases which he then categorizes by color. The results are amazing.