GM’s Ultium partners with Li-Cycle to expand U.S. EV battery recycling

Good News Notes: “General Motors announced Tuesday that its Ultium battery joint venture with LG Chem is partnering with Li-Cycle to expand America’s battery recycling capabilities, promising to return up to 100% of the valuable materials used in battery construction to the market for re-use.  “Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting…

Barbie, Matchbox to be recycled, reused with Mattel PlayBack program

Good News Notes: “The old Barbie dolls haven’t been dressed up in years, and the Matchbox cars haven’t crossed any finish lines. The Mega Bloks have sat idle while a layer of dust gets thicker. Mattel has a way for families to extend the life of these unused and outgrown toys – and keep them out…

Citrus Derivative Makes Transparent Wood 100% Renewable

Good News Notes: “Since it was first introduced in 2016, transparent wood has been developed by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as an innovative structural material for building construction. It lets natural light through and can even store thermal energy. The key to making wood into a transparent composite material is to strip…

Australia’s first solar panel recycling plant swings into action

Good News Notes: “One of Australia’s first solar PV recycling facilities is up and running in Melbourne’s north, with video footage posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday showing the panel-crushing plant in action. The plant, which was completed last September in Thomastown by Melbourne based co-operative Lotus Energy, claims to recycle 100% of end-of-life solar PV…

Michelin wants to make tires out of recycled plastic bottles

Good News Notes: “Michelin says its goal of “achieving 40% sustainable materials (of renewable or recycled origin) by 2030 and 100% by 2050” is one step closer to reality. The French tire giant has successfully tested a plastic recycling technology by French biochemistry company Carbios that can be used in tire production. Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process…

Engineers Have Developed the World’s First Fully Recyclable Printed Electronics

Good News Notes: “Engineers at Duke University have developed the world’s first fully recyclable printed electronics. By demonstrating a crucial and relatively complex computer component — the transistor — created with three carbon-based inks, the researchers hope to inspire a new generation of recyclable electronics to help fight the growing global epidemic of electronic waste….

Here’s a cool green way to upcycle millions of old tires

Good News Notes: “If you’ve ever seen a tire graveyard piled high with trashed rubber, you can easily understand that Israeli company EcoTech Recycling has a green gem of an idea. EcoTech’s nontoxic process produces a unique material, Active Rubber (AR), from end-of-life tires. With1.6 billion tires manufactured annually, and 290 million tires discarded each year in…

Plastic pollution: Chinese scientists identify polythene-eating bacteria

Good News Notes: “Chinese scientists say they have identified a blend of marine bacteria that appears capable of breaking down polythene, one of the most ubiquitous plastics on the planet and source of much of the pollution  in the world’s oceans. While the plastic-eating qualities of bacteria are already well known to the scientific community,…

More than 2000 volunteers remove hundreds of bags of litter in Cayman

Good News Notes: “More than 2,000 community volunteers removed hundreds of bags of litter from Grand Cayman’s roads, beaches and coastlines on Saturday 24th April as part of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce’s annual Earth Day’s clean-up. Now in its 25th year, the Earth Day Clean-up is one of the Chamber’s signature community initiatives, in…