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Recycling should be seen as a last defence against landfill. Lance/Flickr

We can’t recycle our way to ‘zero waste’

In the rush to increase recycling, we should remember that reducing waste in the first place is a much a higher priority.
A wastepicker working in the streets of Casablanca. (Photo Pascal Garret, July 2013) www.bab-el-louk.org

The small hands of Moroccan recycling

Despite being outcasts in Moroccan society, waste collectors defend their profession as protectors of the environment.
Plant worker at Gorham Paper & Tissue, Gorham, New Hampshire, 2015. Erikabarker/Wikipedia

Is the paper industry getting greener? Five questions answered

Pulp and paper production is a major industry with a large environmental footprint. Recently, though, paper companies have worked to reduce pollution and promote sustainable forestry and recycling.
Achievement unlocked: Rewritable paper. Yadong Yin

Reprintable paper becomes a reality

Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 times. That reduces both the cost and the environmental effects of paper use.
Think of all the resources needed to transform Shenzhen, a fishing town 35 years ago, into a megacity of more than 10 million people. Wikimedia Commons

Our cities need to go on a resource diet

Our cities need to become much more efficient not just to conserve precious resources but to improve the economy, wellbeing and resilience to environmental change and disasters.

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