Product standards have real power. We could use them to reduce waste at every part of the plastic lifecycle.
It’s important to look at the whole value chain in the plastics economy, starting with design of products that can be reused and recycled.
Japanese people had to rely totally on materials already present within the country.
A global treaty on plastic pollution must incentivize a take-make-reuse waste management system and include quantitative targets based on geography-specific emissions.
Plastic waste is a huge problem. To fix it, we need systemic change, not just a focus on picking it up or recycling plastic once it becomes rubbish.
The inside of story of a pioneering programme to convert nitrogen into microalgae that can generate sustainable animal feed.
Representatives of 175 countries voted to start developing a global treaty to reduce plastic waste. Treaties addressing mercury, long-range air pollution and ozone depletion offer some lessons.
New production methods, consumer trends and good ideas have the potential to bring manufacturing back into city centres. Can it coexist with housing?
There are myriad benefits to recycling human waste but our reluctance seems to be based on distaste.
Canada could become a global leader in the supply of materials needed for renewable energy systems if it finds ways to control the environmental footprints associated with their extraction.
It’s not just about finding bargains.
One-tenth of global emissions result from the production and supply of building materials – and the construction process itself.
Plus, why reusable food containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
New Zealand plans to shift to a circular economy but planning is split between agencies, is inconsistent and and contradictory, and it perpetuates a business-as-usual approach.
Many argue that the end of the pandemic is an opportunity to move towards a circular economy in clothing.
Financial accounts don’t currently factor in environmental problems.
Carbon emissions from maritime shipping and port activities are on the rise. But city ports are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprints and reconnect with nearby cities.
Construction and demolition creates more waste than any other sector, but much of it can be recycled. However, public resistance to setting up new plants stands in the way of a sustainable market.
There are many hard lessons learned from the pandemic; one is that our food system needs a serious reboot. Luckily, we need only look to nature’s cycles for clues on how to fix it.
To achieve sustainable growth under the constraint that consumption is independent from the use of natural resources, we must move along the path of qualitative growth.