University of Wisconsin plans to recycle plastic through pyrolysis

Good News Notes: “US-based University of Wisconsin Madison professor George Huber has announced plans to recycle plastic using pyrolysis process. Pyrolysis is a process that involves heating up the biomass in a low-oxygen environment in the presence of a catalyst. The process can break the plastic down into chemical feedstocks, and then recycle it into…

25 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff

Good News Notes: “The best things in life are (nearly) free. See how you can upcycle your old stuff into something beautiful and functional.” View the whole story here: https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/clean-and-organize/25-ways-to-upcycle-your-old-stuff-pictures

Asda pulls plastic forks from own brand packaging

 Good News Notes: “Asda announced it will be removing more than 24.5 million plastic forks from its store brand salad meals and protein bowls, an equivalent of 41 tons of plastic. The initiative is part of a larger “use less and recycle more” platform that the company is embracing, aiming to reduce plastic packaging within…

20 Creative Ways to Reuse and Recycle Plastic Bottles

Good News Notes: “50 million plastic bottles are thrown away each day in the United States. They work themselves into just about every aspect of our daily lives. The examples are plentiful, from water bottles to laundry detergent, to how we squeeze out our honey. You’ll likely spot one of the 50 million if you…

New Challenges to Recycling

I found this great story on another wonderful blog that discusses the ways in which manufacturers are actually making it more difficult for individuals and companies to recycle and help the planet.  It also shows what to avoid and how to do so to be more sustainable.  Check it out here: https://globalrecycler.com/horrible-hybrids-the-plastic-products-that-give-recyclers-nightmares-and-what-you-can-use-instead/

SodaStream announces five-year plan to decrease plastic use, turn to to metal

Good News Notes: “As a special tribute to Earth Day on Wednesday, Israeli beverage-maker SodaStream announced its pledge to save the use of nearly 67 billion single-use plastic bottles by 2025. SodaStream, part of PepsiCo, will replace all plastic bottles used to package its flavors in exchange for metal containers, which the company says will…

Landfill Mining and Its Tremendous Potential

Good News Notes: “An average American dumps 4.4 pounds of waste a day, and it is estimated that the U.S. produces 7.6 billion tons of industrial waste every year. Additionally, for more than 100 years, the entire world’s unwanted waste has been discarded in the land. As the trash inside landfills decomposes, it releases methane…

Scientists Discover New Bacteria that Feeds on Plastic

 Good News Notes: “Researchers have identified a new bacterium that feeds on polyurethane, a kind of plastic that is difficult to recycle or destroy. Scientists say the discovery could help reduce a flood of hard-to-recycle plastics that are ending up in the world’s landfills and polluting oceans. A team from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in…

‘Deceptively simple’ process could boost plastics recycling

Good News Notes: “Plastics are a victim of their own success, so inexpensive, easy to use and versatile that the world is awash in plastic waste. Now researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new method of producing polyolefins—made from hydrocarbons and the most common building block of plastics—structured to address one of…

Tips to Use Less Plastic

Good News Notes: “Check out these easy ways you can start reducing your waste in your every day life!  Did you know that of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the US in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling? Here are 17 ways to reduce your plastic waste:  Stop using…