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Recycling Right with RoboBin!

By Larraine Roulston: In May, 65 universities from 9 countries entered the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) second annual Ideation Challenge competition designed to develop solutions to problems facing businesses. RoboBin, an invention which addresses the dilemma some people face when discarding items into public recycling containers, won first prize over 600 applicants …

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Tips to Be a Good Recycler

By Larraine Roulston: We all recognize the Möbius Loop. Most of us do our part to save resources from being trashed; however, during the past few years, recycling has acquired a poor reputation. When recycling was initiated in the Durham region (a neighboring community east of Toronto and my former …

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The Five Rs of Fashion

By Fredrica Syren: The clothing industry is the third largest polluter in the world and second in water use. Up to 2,000 different harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, chlorine, lead and mercury are used to produce textiles. Most of the chemicals are used for the dyeing process. The sad part is that …

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Recycling Is the New Sexy!

By Larraine Roulston: Being “green” has become the new sexy! Recent research polled 2,000 Americans and reported that 62% consider it a turn-off if a dating prospect fails to recycle. The trend also appears to be growing, as younger generations are not impressed by wastefulness. (With that in mind, single …

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Recycling Hotel Soap

By Kim Robson: Recently, we discussed the pros and cons of bar soap vs. liquid soap. But what happens to all those little bars of soap in the hotels where we stay? Most are used only once or twice, and while we love to take home those little bottles of …

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Zero Waste: Recycling Old Clothes

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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About Waste Management: What We Should Learn from Sweden

By Fredrica Syren: Sweden has had strict standards limiting emissions from waste since the 1980s. Most emissions have fallen by between 90 and 99 percent since then, thanks to ongoing technical development and better waste sorting. So How does Sweden do this? Compared to the U.S., Sweden is a very …

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Is Recycling Plastic Worthwhile?

By Kim Robson: We like supporting companies that practice environmentally-aware policies, including using recycled plastic in their products. But recycled plastic raises an interesting question: Which is better — creating more demand for recycled plastic, which would help increase its price as a world commodity and make it more worthwhile …

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Zero Waste—Upcycled Crayons

By Fredrica Syren: If you have kids, chances are you also have a stash of broken and /or old crayons. Most people, I assume, throw them out, so tons of non-biodegradable crayons end up in landfills every year. The problem with this is that wax from crayons will never break …

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Amazing Products Made with Recycled Materials

By Fredrika Syren: Last week I wrote about how the world is drowning in waste and how we need to recycle more in order to reduce it. The silver lining to the trash problem is that there are many amazing upcycling inventions happening. There are companies that literally saw our …

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