Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

| Apr 18, 2014

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

The city of Nagoya started collecting small household appliances for recycling in February and announced April 11 that it had received more than 31,000 kg of machinery in just two months — five times more than anticipated. The number for February alone was 15 ...

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Mar 5, 2014

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multimillion-dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio’s ...

Dec 22, 2013

Ghana's electronic graveyard gives, takes

by Afua Hirsch

The orange flesh of a papaya is like an oval gash in the landscape at Agbogbloshie, Ghana’s vast dumping site for electronic waste, where everything is smeared and stained with mucky hues of brown and sooty black. A woman kneels among the carcasses of ...

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

Oct 13, 2013

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

A real hobbit village will soon nestle in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical project billed as the first of its kind — but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development. The hobbits, small characters with hairy ...

Sep 20, 2013

New battery turns sewage into electricity

U.S. scientists may have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water, according to a new study. The engineers have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater. They hope their technique can be ...

Feb 19, 2013

Finns share leftovers to slash waste

Jukka Peltonen has just come home from the shop with a bag of mandarin oranges, but he is disappointed to discover they’re too acidic for his taste. Instead of throwing them out, Peltonen, the head of a PR firm, offers them to his neighbors ...

Recycling gives trashed cigarette butts new life

Feb 5, 2013

Recycling gives trashed cigarette butts new life

Recycling entrepreneur Tom Szaky is stubbing out the world’s cigarette problem — one butt at a time. The 30-year-old who dropped out of Princeton University to start his innovative firm, TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey, says there is no such thing as trash, even ...