The days of having to incorporate unsightly plastic bins or bulky bright-colored boxes as part your company waste management system are long over. In fact, there is no need to have two or three bins, one for waste, one for recycling and one for empty bottles or cans.
An article in Plastics Today highlights how the increasing adoption of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics is forcing the adoption of new recycling innovations. The problem is that commonly used plastic recycling technology damages the carbon fibers by first burning and charring them and then chopping them up, making them unsuitable for building structural components.
Food waste has long been a world-wide problem. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) about 33% of the food that is produced globally goes to waste, and that number jumps to 40% in the US.
While more than 70 percent of the planet earth is covered in water in one form or another, between sea water and glacier ice only about 1 percent of that water is potable. Given the ever-increasing needs of the human population for clean, drinkable water, water conservation efforts have been getting a lot of attention.
In December of 2017, runners from around the world gathered in central Florida for a two-day ultra marathon relay. Teams of anywhere from four to eight members ran non-stop for 24 hours to complete their quest on the trails of Florida's Alafia River State Park.
There are many benefits to creating an outdoor space, complete with picnic tables, for your employees. This is especially true if you create a little outdoor oasis by landscaping the area with plants and paving stones.
Discontinuing single use plastic utensils can save a workplace several thousands of dollars annually. In 2010, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Green Team gave all their employees a cloth napkin and set of stainless steel utensils and removed all plastic flatware from their facility.
What's the problem with e-waste? Electronic devices are packed with a slew of chemicals and elements. Most cell phones contain over 500 components; a typical phone contains over 40% alloyed metals and 17 rare earth elements (most of which are non-recyclable).
The use of plastics is always a red button when it comes to discussions of sustainability and the environment. On the one hand, plastic is a major source of trash, and it's made from petroleum feedstocks, which eats into a non-renewable resource.
When we recycle a built object, the hope is that we can remove materials that are dangerous to the environment, to human and animal exposure, and we can repurpose materials in the original--free them up to be safely used again. The objects we recycle can be as simple as metal bottle caps or as complex as an ocean-going tanker.