Ultra Sustainable Skyscrapers : sustainable skyscraper

Ultra Sustainable Skyscrapers : sustainable skyscraper

Skidmore Owings and Merrill have proposed a sustainable skyscraper design in Paris, France. At 180 meters high, the structure is rumored to be “one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe.” The master plan for the project does not only incorporate smart technology and zero-energy frameworks, but it also seeks to establish a direct connection with nature though green balconies, a sky garden and an accessible bridge to the River Seine. In between the tower and the bridge, SOM plans for a LED-lit “timber-framed rotunda.”

Why don’t the Swiss recycle more plastic?

Why don’t the Swiss recycle more plastic?

Most plastics carry a recycling label, but few are convenient to recycle in Switzerland. For 30 days, swissinfo.ch journalist Susan Misicka saved all of her plastic garbage. She filled four shopping bags, but found that not even half of the waste could be recycled. Is it as bad as it sounds? Currently, the Swiss collect 80,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling – mainly PET drink bottlesExternal link, plus milk, shampoo, detergent and other high-quality bottles. In theory, Switzerland could recycle an additional 112,000 tonnes of plastic per year. Put another way, everyone in Switzerland could collect and recycle another 14kg of plastic per year. But there is no federal system and few processing plants for recycling plastic in Switzerland.

Microfactories can turn Australia’s waste crisis to gold mines

Microfactories can turn Australia’s waste crisis to gold mines

Sites as small as 50 square metres could be transformed into “microfactories” that can process waste into valuable, sellable products, thanks to new technology out of the University of NSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT). On Wednesday, the world’s first small, modular recycling plant was launched by NSW environment minister Gabrielle Upton at the university, focused on e-waste.

Petition calls on Taunton Deane Borough Council to go single-use plastic free

Petition calls on Taunton Deane Borough Council to go single-use plastic free

A council has been accused of dragging its feet over calls for it to lead the fight against plastic items that cannot be re-used. An on-line petition created by Wivey Action on Climate and Environment urging Taunton Deane Borough Council to become single-use plastic free has more than 800 signatures… 

Reclaiming Craftiness – Stephanie Bastek

Reclaiming Craftiness – Stephanie Bastek

If you’re a creature of the 21st century, odds are you’ve stumbled upon the nascent DIY movement. From baking our bread to stitching our own clothes to raising back yard chickens and growing our own vegetables—even restoring our own furniture—the past few decades have seen a resurgence in our appreciation for crafts, right down to craft beer. But have you ever thatched your own roof with grasses that you grew in your own back yard? Or spent hours researching the secret behind making the best kind of haystack? Alexander Langlands has, and in his new book, Cræft, he takes DIY to a whole new level. Part how-to, part memoir, the book gets at what it means to make things with your own hands, and how this experience connects us both to the past and to our present sense of place.

CEWEP welcomes EU Communication’s Focus on Decontamination of Materials « Waste to Energy « Waste Management World

CEWEP welcomes EU Communication’s Focus on Decontamination of Materials « Waste to Energy « Waste Management World

The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) has welcomed the Commission’s Communication on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation. According to CEWEP, while the Plastics Strategy, which represents the Commission’s vision for plastics in a Circular Economy was prominently noticed by the media and stakeholders, there was little or no attention paid to the Commission’s Communication on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation (Interface Communication) and the accompanying staff document.

Waves of Change South of the Equator

Waves of Change South of the Equator

What an amazing week we just had for our efforts at the Plastic Oceans Foundation – both north and south of the equator.  While our US Chairman, William Pfeiffer, was representing us in Davos, I was joined in Chile by Chief Evangelist, Craig Leeson, and our Director of Partnerships, Brigette Allen. Hosting and coordinating our journey was Mark Minneboo, Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Chile.  With an incredible film crew in tow, we set out to discover and capture examples of multi-sector solutions to plastic pollution. As a nation with over 2,600 miles of coastline, Chile has a vested interest in tackling this issue head-on. We were impressed by the efforts we found to bring together industry leaders, government, NGOs, and local communities, to innovate and act on efforts to reduce the plastic waste that is destroying the oceans and our own human food chain.