Researchers have created a lightweight prosthetic limb from discarded plastic, which they say could save healthcare providers millions and help tackle pollution.
The artificial limbs were made by grinding down plastic bottles and spinning the grains into polyester yarns which were heated to produce a light, sturdy substance that could be easily moulded.
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A US-based online repository provides ready-to-edit labels and posters to help reduce waste sorting confusion. But even as the new resource encourages recycling, its funders have faced criticism for profits that depend on environmental damage. Can a cardboard cereal box go into the office paper recycling bin? How about a shiny magazine insert? And which plastics are OK: No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 … Continue reading This New Resource Aims To Help Clear Up Recycling Confusion
Notwithstanding the unabated churning out of waste materials in the cities of the country, the discarded substances have yet to be used fruitfully.
Recycling has once been viewed as a potential means to dealing with urban wastes. It has miserably failed to get off the ground.
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The rich, convenience-oriented city-state is the first in Southeast Asia to introduce producer responsibility laws to tackle a sobering waste problem. But as its only landfill fills up, does Singapore’s Zero Waste Masterplan go far enough? The Singapore government has launched an eagerly awaited masterplan to tackle the city-state’s acute waste problem, with new targets set to reduce the burden on the island’s only landfill … Continue reading Singapore Zero-Waste Plan To Raise Recycling Rates From 22 to 30 Per Cent By 2030
The city of Rome unveiled three test machines around metro stations where passengers can drop plastic water bottles, receiving five cents apiece through a scan on their phones. According to Rome’s transportation authority ATAC, the money goes to passengers’ accounts in partner apps MyCicero or Tabnet, which can be redeemed for public transportation. ATAC President Paolo Simioni said on Wednesday that “in a period in … Continue reading Rome Trials Recycling Plastic Bottles in Exchange for Transit Cash
Metallic coatings in food packaging are often difficult to recycle, but UK researches have developed a new transparent film that could replace some metallic layers. Reported in peer-
reviewed journal Nature Communications, the new films can be produced using a cheap, environmentally friendly process and provide a similar level of food protection to the metallic layers, while also being full recyclable. Multi-material composites which include metallic … Continue reading Recyclable Film That Can Replace Metallic Coatings in Food Packaging
Recovered plastic has largely stopped flowing from the U.S. into India, which until recently has been among the top importers of the material. The curtailment in material movement comes as the South Asian country prepares to implement an all-out ban on scrap plastic imports this month. The Indian government in March announced its plan to ban scrap plastic imports, later indicating the ban would take … Continue reading Plastic Shipments to India Stall as Ban Draws Near
The owner of discount supermarkets Lidl and Kaufland has charged into waste management despite the downfall of a big industry player, Duales System. Where there’s a supermarket, there’s trash, and in a highly developed country yearning to dispose of that trash ecologically, that means opportunity. The Schwarz Group, Germany’s largest retailer who owns Lidl and Kaufland supermarkets, has built up its own waste management group … Continue reading Lidl Sets Up its Own Recycling Operations in Germany
#NotTrash Instagram campaign is first activation between Poland Spring and The Recycling Partnership to help residents recycle more, better Less than 30% of plastic bottles are currently recycled in the U.S. And less than half of recyclables in U.S. homes get recycled by consumers. Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is teaming up with The Recycling Partnership to tackle one of the core reasons … Continue reading Poland Spring and The Recycling Partnership Help Consumers Answer “Can I Recycle This?”
Jakarta: Dozens of people clutching bags full of plastic bottles and disposable cups queue at a busy bus terminal in the Indonesian city of Surabaya – where passengers can swap trash for travel tickets. The nation is the world’s second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70% by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness and … Continue reading Plastic Bottles to Pay for Bus Ticket in Indonesia
Nespresso is partnering with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, demonstrating both brands’ commitment to a circular economy. 1000 limited edition RE:CYCLE bikes made from over 300,000 recycled Nespresso Arpeggio capsules will be available from August 12, sold exclusively on Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform velosophy.cc Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources, because it can … Continue reading Nestle Makes Bikes With Nespresso Capsules
Australian packaging company Pact Group has received a $3 million Government grant to set up the first 100 per cent recycled plastic food packaging plant in New Zealand. Environment Associate Minister Eugenie Sage said while recycled plastic was available in New Zealand, about 20 per cent was made with new plastic to comply with the food packaging safety standards. The recycled plastic packaging from the … Continue reading Australians Convince New Zealand To Build First Recycled Plastic Plant
As the Australasian Recycling Label celebrates its first anniversary, APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly reflects on the success of the recycling education program to date and shares what to expect next for the campaign. Australia is a country of proud and passionate recyclers. Yet research consistently demonstrates that Australians want more information about how to recycle correctly. A Global Recycling Day report developed by Nestle and … Continue reading Australasian Recycling Label Celebrates First Anniversary
Australians are diligent when it comes to recycling — but there’s a big problem with our current scheme, and its environmental impact is huge. Now our recycling is being knocked back by China and Indonesia, is it time to face the truth about recycling? I recycle. Of course I do. I’m not an environmental vandal. That’s what I always told myself anyway. But recent news … Continue reading Hidden Problem with Australia’s Recycling Plan
BASF’s partners in the ChemCycling project: Jaguar Land Rover, Storopack, Südpack and Schneider Electric Promising pilot phase, but continued technological and economic challenges as well as need for regulatory development. More and more companies from the plastics industry are working on improving the recyclability of plastics and thus helping to create a circular economy. One way that BASF is contributing is the ChemCycling project: At … Continue reading BASF Chemcycling Products
Joint construction of a recycling plant in Thailand to be considered. Hard, 2 July 2019 – ALPLA and PTT Global Chemical (GC) will collaborate on a feasibility study for the construction of a recycling plant in Thailand. The companies announced the plan at the Circular Living Symposium 2019 – Upcycling Our Planet in Bangkok at the end of June. ALPLA develops and produces innovative plastic packaging solutions worldwide and … Continue reading Owner of NatureWorks Goes Into Recycling
Plastics Recycling Charity, RECOUP, have been leading a cross-industry forum to address the barriers and improve the recycling of black plastic packaging. A new published report provides the latest position and the progress which has been made since the forum was set up at the end of 2017. It represents genuine and open collaboration from RECOUP members across the plastic packaging supply and recycling chain. … Continue reading Collaboration is key to Solving Black Plastic Recycling Challenge
Imagine a technology that could soon make Timor-Leste the first plastic neutral economy in the world. A breakthrough technology that turns plastics back into oil is now commercially viable, with the potential for 80 plants throughout Australia and work under way in the UK and Canada. According to the chief executive officer of Licella, Dr Len Humphreys, the tools for a “truly circular economy” are … Continue reading Chemical Recycling Will Make Australia Plastic Neutral
Trains travelling through Melbourne will run on railway sleepers made from recycled plastic as part of an 18-month trial. The “Duratrack” sleepers are made from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, including cotton bale wrap and vineyard covers from across Australia. The 200 recycled sleepers, installed near Richmond station on Monday, have a potential lifespan of 50 years, are half the cost of traditional … Continue reading Australian Trains Will Use Rail Sleepers Made From Plastic Waste
Mondi, an Austria-based paper and packaging solutions provider, has unveiled a recyclable polypropylene (PP) film to pack fresh and processed foods. The recyclable packaging material is suitable for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging. According to Mondi, the new, coextruded packaging material features a web at the top and bottom as well as an internal barrier layer. Both … Continue reading Mondi Develops New Recyclable PP Film for Food Packaging
As part of The Coca-Cola Company’s journey towards a World Without Waste, we’re announcing that – in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners – GLACÉAU Smartwater bottles will be made from 100 per cent recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of the year. And we’re on track to double the amount of rPET used in all our other plastic bottles by early next year too. GLACÉAU … Continue reading Coca-Cola Issues Bold Recycled PET Strategy
Mayo brand company plans to spread the use of recycled plastic packaging to more than 200 million bottles and jars by 2020 with a goal of 100% recyclable, 100% PCR-content packaging. Major food and beverage brands continue an industry-wide movement into sustainable packaging usually with specific targets and within overarching corporate-wide sustainability goals. One of the latest is Hellmann’s, a Unilever brand based in Englewood … Continue reading Hellmann’s Commits to 100% Recyclable Plastic Food Packaging
The first semester of 2019 has been a busy one for the PET industry. Next to the Petcore Europe Conference 2019 in February and policy events in the European Parliament, Petcore Europe has also been looking for solutions in its PET Thermoforms Recycling and ODR (Opaque and difficult to recycle PET) Recycling Working Groups. With successful meetings (participation of 45+ companies in each working group) … Continue reading Petcore Europe Working Groups Improving Pet Tray Circularity