Consumers can turn plastic waste into valuable products at minimal cost using the open source technologies associated with DRAM – distributed recycling and additive manufacturing.
Here's how to quench your thirst in an environmentally responsible way.
Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.
Waste-to-energy incinerators could help Australia deal with its mounting waste crisis, but burning rubbish may come with risks to public health.
From a purely environmental perspective, owning multiple reusable face masks, and machine-washing them together, is the best option.
New Zealand's potential to expand its domestic recycling sector is enormous. It could create jobs and divert millions of tonnes of waste from landfills, as long as there are clear, measurable targets.
Plastics are strong, durable, waterproof, lightweight, easy to mould, and recyclable – all key properties for construction materials.
The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.
The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.
We shouldn't try to banish waste entirely. We need to rethink it.
New research examines the effectiveness of sustainability leaders making the climate crisis central to their business model and ethos.
From take-make-waste to reuse, repair and remanufacture.
Lockdown has exposed real problems with the circular economy which urgently need to be addressed.
Taxes designed to encourage a green transition can instead penalise smaller businesses and ensure they're left behind.
Burning non-recyclable waste to generate energy sounds like a great idea – but incineration plants need an ongoing waste stream to be viable, which perpetuates the make-use-dispose mentality.
Old buildings aren't just waste – the materials can be reused to create the cities of the future.
Europe recycles 70% of its steel, but much is exported, turning what should be a circular process into a linear one. Instead, materials need to be circularity-ready the moment they're manufactured.
Innovation in digital technology is accelerating – it has massive untapped potential for tackling the climate crisis.
As the population of the world’s cities grows, so too does resource and energy use as well as waste generation. We can combat these issues with a circular economy that uses nature as a template.
Some circular economy business models are based on case studies, others are more theoretical, yet it's hard to get a comprehensive overview. Why? Simple: Because the opportunities are nearly endless.