The global renewable energy market is predicted to grow from $184.3 billion in 2020 to $226.1 billion in 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic slowed momentum from 2019 — the first decline in two decades of renewable energy progress. But these expert forecasts show a different story for next year.
In part, this growth is expected because many of 2020’s challenges are actually re-fueling demand for renewables, like:
These social, economic, and…
Conventional recycling is a great way to help reduce waste. While many people view recycling as a blanket solution for the world’s environmental woes, the practical application of recycling is more complicated than it appears.
The more energy conserved in the recycling process, the better. Materials that do not recycle well may be better reused or upcycled into other projects for higher cost and energy benefits. Items like steel and paper are among the easiest materials to recycle, but reducing their consumption and finding new ways to reuse these materials may have a bigger environmental impact.
The greatest benefits recycling…
The world’s population grows every year, and those additional people need more products to support them. The manufacturing industry has risen to the increasing demand by increasing production, but what happens to all that stuff when it’s no longer needed? It gets discarded, but what happens then?
While people often think that throwing waste into a recycling bin means it won’t end up in a landfill, is that the truth? Where does our recycling actually go?
In today’s world, the idea of energy usage is always being discussed, but not many people realize just how much energy is used in manufacturing. In this article, industrial energy use will be detailed before explaining different ways that consumers and manufacturers can help.
To better understand how much energy is used in manufacturing, it’s important to first understand energy use per industry.
The British thermal unit (BTU), which is a unit of heat, explains how much energy is needed to raise 1 pound of water by 1 degree. For reference, a household lighter might put off around 3,200 BTUs.
Upcycling is one of the newer ways to save the environment while still creating useful products. In this piece, upcycling will be explained: what it is, the challenges of scaling up an operation, and some solutions to help upcycling operations.
Upcycling is a new iteration of recycling. It entails taking discarded objects or material and reusing it to make a new, higher-quality product. An example would be using discarded plastic to create a luxury plastic comb.
The idea has become more popular in culture, but it has a long way to go before it becomes the industry norm. The same…
Your home isn’t just your physical address — it stretches far beyond the four walls of your house. We all live on Earth, and caring for it is essential. There are many ways to go about it, and one of them can make you some pretty nice cash on the side.
Upcycling involves taking something that’s no longer being used and repurposing it to give it a second life and function. The finished product is more functional, valuable, and beautiful than it was before. …
What is zero waste? Put simply, zero waste means living in a way such that no items or products end up in an incinerator or landfill. The goals are to reduce the amount of products you buy, reuse purchases, and recycle or compost as much as possible once you can no longer reuse old items.
But the zero waste movement is about more than just reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the environment; it’s also about reducing the burden on natural resources and curbing pollution from manufacturing, distribution, and waste.
Mass plastic production began about sixty years ago. The material’s durability, low weight, and versatility made it a popular manufacturing product. But our society’s addiction to single-use plastic grew quickly.
Today, we produce about 300 million tons of plastic waste annually — approximately the same weight as the entire human population. Plastic waste can take hundreds of years to degrade naturally — if it does at all — and has clogged our oceans, polluted our beaches and lands, and affected all levels of the global ecosystem — including human health.
Research says that our reliance on plastic:
What’s your vision of the holidays? If you’re like most people, you probably picture a pile of beautifully wrapped presents. No matter what your holiday tradition looks like, it’s a safe bet that it involves plenty of painstakingly wrapped gifts, as well as a carefully decorated home.
The trouble is that once you’ve unwrapped all those presents, you’re left with a mountain of wrapping paper. And that leads to enormous waste, especially since most of it winds up in landfills and even in the ocean. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the holiday period (between Thanksgiving and New…
Fiber optic cables (FOCs, also called optical fiber cables) are cables made of pure glass or occasionally plastic fibers that transmit information via light. Hundreds of these fibers are bundled together inside a protective plastic coating. These cables can run for miles across and under land, also traversing seabeds to transmit data across oceans. They’re a key part of delivering internet data, cable television, and phone services. They’re even a part of dental instruments, some of which require intense focused light.
Like other equipment, fiber optic cables can eventually need replacement or removal. Recycling optical fiber cables can prove a…