Ninety percent of the plastic we use ends up in landfills, or in the world's oceans. Now, a Scottish firm has invented a way to recycle that hard-to-use plastic for a role that requires durability: paving roads and highways. The driveway at Christopher Boyle's 17th-century English estate looks like regular asphalt and feels like regular asphalt, but it's not. It's paved with 21st-century plastic trash. "It has all the ecological, environmental benefits, but to your ordinary punter, you don't see any difference at all," Boyle said. It used the equivalent of 750,000 plastic bags and bottles ground up along with other hard-to-recycle plastic. The plastic flakes are mixed at a plant in Scotland with what MacRebur co-founder Toby McCartney calls a secret ingredient. It's then bagged up and shipped to asphalt manufacturers. That blend replaces some of the black, oil-based bitumen that keeps regular roads together. "For every ton of bitumen we replace, we save a ton of carbon emissions," said … [Read more...] about Can plastic pavement curb the world’s epidemic of plastic waste?
Mixed plastic waste recycling
Canada will take back dozens of shipping containers full of trash from the Philippines "sooner than later," a Philippine official said this week. Canada's agreement to take back the garbage, which has been rotting for up to six years in Manila, may end a battle, but the wider war is just beginning as wealthy nations face mounting resistance from developing ones fed up with being dumping grounds. "The [Philippine] Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that the Canadian government has already directed a shipping company to get the trash back," Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday. The Philippine government recalled its ambassador to Canada to force the country to take the trash back. When the 103 containers arrived in Manila in 2013 and 2014, they were falsely declared as containing recyclable plastics. An investigation later revealed the trash included household waste, including dirty diapers. But it was far from the first time big shipments of … [Read more...] about Canada tries to avoid an all-out trash “war” with the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte
Making a typical pair of sneakers might generate around 30 pounds of CO2 emissions—both from the shoes’ materials and from the energy used to make dozens of separate components in an average of 360 processing steps. A new pair of shoes from a brand called Cariuma shrinks that footprint by switching materials and simplifying the design. Then the company offsets the remaining footprint, making the sneakers carbon neutral. advertisement advertisement Other brands “are mostly huge corporations with massive production that are not really focused on caring about the environment as a whole or even best practices for people involved . . . in mass production,” says Fernando Porto, Cariuma’s Brazil-based cofounder and chief creative officer, who decided to leave a job at a larger company two years ago to explore the idea of making shoes differently. “For us, it became clear that our angle would be trying to bring the only sneaker brand that would be … [Read more...] about These shoes are made from bamboo, sugarcane, and cork—and are totally carbon neutral