Since the inception of bartering, goods and services have been exchanged and produced in wasteful means. The trend is common to agrarian and industrialized societies alike. Some have involved differing degrees of waste, but all of them share the common trait of consuming a good and then discarding its byproducts.
This system is known as a linear economy. The global scale on which it now takes place has resulted in such massive collateral damage that it can no longer be sustained without severely harmful effects. Thankfully, there is a better way.
Unlike its linear counterpart, a circular economy considers every…
The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for world health and for the world economy. It’s also taken a toll on the environment.
Thanks to the pandemic, there has been a massive increase in demand for plastic products like face shields and disposable gloves. Single-use plastic products like takeout food containers, bottles of hand sanitizer, and packaging for online shopping have also seen a surge in demand. It’s no wonder that some are talking about a “ plastic pandemic” sweeping the globe.
What are the implications of this increased use of plastic? What’s the best way to return to more sustainable…
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb
This proverb holds true in many cases where systemic change is sought, and it certainly applies to adoption of zero-waste principles. Individual action is a vital part of generating widespread change to be sure, but get an entire community involved in zero-waste practice and the impact is sure to be felt.
Most of us understand the importance of collective action intuitively, but knowing how to encourage a zero-waste community can be a different matter. We either imagine the task to be…
Most businesses now list diversity, equality, and inclusivity among their value propositions. While it took a long time to reach this point, there is another value that is rapidly defining modern business: sustainability.
Across industries from energy to manufacturing, transportation, and distribution, companies are looking for ways to live up to their environmental and social responsibility. This trend is opening new doors for people considering how to invest in sustainability.
The past year has brought dramatic changes to nearly all aspects of life. The COVID-19 pandemic altered the way we live and work, and the economy and the green economy have been drastically affected as a result.
Specifically, the quarantine, public health orders, need for remote work, public uncertainty, and school closures led to an economic crisis as well as a decrease in global energy demand. Job losses occurred across nearly all industries, including in fields directly related to energy.
As a result, the current period marks a pivotal moment for the economy as well as the green economy specifically.
The circular economy for plastics is the ideal consumption model, and biotechnology and upcycling are the keys to the success of a circular plastic economy. Accordingly, upcycling plastics whenever possible is much better than using biotechnological solutions which involve virgin materials. This article explores why upcycling is better than biotechnology and discusses their respective roles in a circular economy.
Before elaborating how upcycled products and biotechnological products are beneficial in a circular economy, it’s essential to understand what these terms mean, how they work, and in what ways they are already present in everyday life.
What is upcycling, and…
Sustainability isn’t just a trend anymore — it’s the name of the game. Businesses have finally realized that sustainability doesn’t need to be a limitation to success. It’s an opportunity to innovate and grow their companies in new ways.
This led to significant sustainability developments in 2020. The world’s biggest companies and governments are pledging to cut back on deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste.
Sustainability won’t stay the same in 2021, however. It will be even more significant and complex as well as bolder. From changes in supply chain management, government regulation, and electric cars, there will be a…
Hospitals use a lot of plastic in their daily operations. If you ever enter one, look around and you’ll see what we mean. A lot of the plastic you see winds up in landfills or in the ocean, hurting our planet. In this piece, we’ll explore the idea of using plastic alternatives for hospitals, and we’ll take a look at some examples from around the world.
Since the mid-1900s, the medical industry has heavily relied on single-use plastic. As a material, it meets the needs of the hospital without adding a significant cost. …
Today, the consensus is that plastic is detrimental to human health and survival in numerous ways. It has become clear over the last few decades that endocrine disruptors are found in some of the most widely used plastics.
In this guide, you’ll learn all about endocrine disruptors and how plastics threaten human health. You’ll also discover some ways to avoid these dangerous chemicals.
Endocrine disruptors, also called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are a mixture of chemicals that work against your endocrine system.
Your endocrine system is one part of your body that creates hormones and guides many bodily functions, from your…
Zero waste is a goal that many in today’s society are seeking. As more people buy more dispensable goods, our landfills continue to approach their full capacities. It’s a shame to see so much senseless waste.
In this guide, you’ll learn some tactics that will help you reduce and avoid waste as you shop for items that you need.
Zero waste is more than just a category, it’s a lifestyle. It’s when a consumer sets out to reduce their amount of waste to zero.
What is waste? Waste is something that gets discarded without proper use. …