Los Angeles City Council Votes in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

June 27, 2013 / No Comments

Los Angeles has become the largest city in the US to clamp a ban on the use of plastic bags. Toeing the line adopted by San Francisco, Seattle and many other cities worldwide, the Los Angeles City Council also voted 11-1 in favor of the ban. With plastic bags entering landfills, waterways and finally the ocean, the substance has been threatening ...

Haiti Imposes Ban on Plastic Bags

October 1, 2012 / No Comments

You can see plastic and foam food containers everywhere including canals, cluttering streets and the oceans lining the Caribbean nations. With the situation turning more alarming, the Haiti government has announced a ban on the import, manufacture or sale of plastic bags and disposable foam products as of October 1. Most of these products are now imported into Haiti from ...

Window Farming Concept by Mexican Designer Suits Urban Windows

January 20, 2011 / 1 Comment

Mexican designer Jose de la O has come up with an alternative way for the people who are looking to practice urban agriculture. The outstanding feature of this proposed method is that people can build their own farm even if there are no gardens or balconies around.

Discarded Plastic Proves Stronger than Concrete; Eco-friendly School Comes Up

December 29, 2010 / 1 Comment

Discarded plastics turn out to be stronger than concrete, Illac Diaz and MyShelter Foundation have proved. Their innovative work to build a school for children in San Pablo, in the Philippines, has proved that plastics can be three times better than concrete in construction.

Canon GreenNation Campaign Makes It Easier For Offices To Go Green

July 12, 2010 / No Comments

The imaging products and technology giant, Canon launched its GreenNation campaign this month. Earlier, in March the company had officially announced a range of green products in Japan, and an Asia release of these products came in April. Now, Canon’s eco-friendly equipment has been launched in the Philippines too.

Scientists Make Plastic Sweet, Easily Compostable

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Plastics are evil, big villians in every environment story. They are made from fossil fuels, refuse to biodegrade for centuries, and the modern lifestyle ensures that mountains of plastic are produced every year. Nearly 150 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and 99% of that is made from fossil fuels. There are plant based plastics like PLA out ...

Eco-Art Installations Help Visitors Visualize U.S. Consumption

October 6, 2009 / No Comments

Ever feel disgusted by the number of disposable items we consume everyday? Especially ones made from plastic, a material that is most enduring? NYC-based design agency MSLK shares your pain and has created a series of eco-art installations to help less conscientious individuals visualize the consequences of our consumption. [caption id="attachment_6641" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Watershed Eco-Art Installation Helps Visualize US Consumption"][/caption] MSLK's latest ...

The 5 funkiest things made from recycled plastic

October 1, 2009 / No Comments

Recycling has always been a hot topic and despite our best efforts, there are still some people who are just too lazy to do their bit for the environment. Believe it or not, more than 80% of plastic bottles are left unrecycled, and to make matters worse, research has shown that people are suspending their recycling habits even further in ...

Plastic Recycling 101

September 21, 2009 / No Comments

Imagine if all the world’s rivers and lakes were no longer filled with marine life but with plastic bottles, containers and packaging instead. [caption id="attachment_6428" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Plastic recycling"][/caption] The damaging effect to wildlife and marine eco- systems throughout the world would be catastrophic, resulting in less and less plant life being able to grow, CO2 emissions rising and our planet would ...

Plastic Solar Cells for Portable Electronic Devices

January 28, 2009 / 1 Comment

A U.S. company, Solarmer, is developing plastic solar cells for portable electronic devices. Technology for the project was invented at the University of Chicago.  A commercial-grade prototype will be ready later this year, said the vice president of IP development and strategic alliances at Solarmer. The prototype measures eight square inches (50 square centimeters) and is expected to achieve 8 percent ...