The EPA is involved in some collaborative efforts between industry and government to manage electronic waste and recycling practices better. They have developed the Sustainable Materials Management Electronic Challenge, and they have written a National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.
Sustainability has been working backward, from developing recycling and reuse innovations for made products to substituting healthier materials in current designs, and now to the new standard, designing for sustainability. What does this actually mean? Products are designed, from the idea forward, with sustainability and safety in mind.
While there is a widespread understanding that climate change is a danger, energy and natural resources are becoming scarce, and pollution is an ever present threat to human and animal health, these understandings have not translated into changes in the amount of waste we produce.
The ocean is a huge part of our lives whether you live on the coast or in the middle of the desert. Covering roughly 70% of the Earth, the ocean absorbs 2.
Every eco-warrior has an Achilles' Heel, and some of them are clad in denim. For those of use who live in our jeans, the resource-heavy nature of denim production, and the lack of good options for recycling denim and old jeans has been a thorn in the side, or maybe a brass rivet.
Most of us have stayed in a hotel at some point, and we're all familiar with the complimentary items left for guests. The shampoo, the conditioner, the soap.
Trash Fashion: The Wild World of Textile RecyclingTextile recycling is one of the oldest recycling industries, and it has developed some particularly fascinating and creative offshoots. The textile industry uses an enormous amount of natural resources, and natural fibers have to be grown: silk, wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, are all materials that are limited to how much can be grown, and where, and how quickly.
Remember when you were younger, and you were terrified that swallowing chewing gum would clog up your pipes? Eventually, you figured out that, while not good for you, gum would pass right through your body without doing any real harm.The same cannot be said of our environment, though.
One of the substances that has proven both technically and politically difficult to deal with is nuclear waste. Spent fuel rods and other material have to be stored where they will be safe for thousands of years.