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Zero waste week

As it’s  we’ve recycled some of the waste related articles that have made the headlines recently.

Benefits of the Zero Waste Economy.
Via @marcGunther on Greenbiz.com
The emerging circular economy is based on nature and aspires to eliminate waste by turning products at the end of their lives into something else.

The transition to a circular economy could generate savings of more than $1 trillion in materials alone by 2025  according to an analysis by the U.K.-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum.

Many companies are finding ways to take back, reuse, refurbish or recycle all kinds of things that otherwise would be thrown away at the end of life.

As a company that extends the life of thousands of items every year, by repairing, we’re glad to be a part of this emerging trend.
Read the full article.

In Sweden, more than 99% of all household rubbish is recycled.
Via @ziannlum on the Huffington Post

Although the average Swede produces only slightly less waste than the European average, at 461 kilograms, the big difference is that Sweden burns over two million tonnes of waste a year.

All waste is sorted and anything that can’t be reused or recycled using other methods is sent to incineration plants.

The plants produce enough power to heat approximately 950,000 homes and supply 260,000 with electricity. The Swedes have become so good at managing waste that they now have to import rubbish from other countries including Britain to feed the plants.
Read the full article.

Tiny house built from recycled water tanks.
Via @derekmarkham on treehugger.com

3,000 plastic water tanks have been used to build a house. Very clever.
Read the full article.

Spectacular houses built from scrap.
Via @KieronMonks for CNN
From toothbrushes and video tapes to scrap aluminium, innovative building schemes that are reducing waste.
Read the article.

Zero Waste Britain Bill proposed by Liberal Democrats.
Article by Darrell Moore @CIWM on the CIWM Journal

Vancouver’s carbon footprint is three times larger than the Earth can sustain.
Article on
resource
In a bold initiative the city aims to become the ‘greenest city in the world’ by 2020.

5 ways to save money in Zero Waste Week
We’d like to add a 6th option to MoneyAware’s list. REPAIR.
Read the article.

The Value of Zero Waste
@scotcase discusses how many organizations are going beyond public pledges and having their zero waste and waste diversion claims certified by independent, third-party authorities.

They are getting claims validated to prove the accuracy of their claims and to gain a competitive advantage. 

At Plastic Surgeon we provide statistics on the huge landfill and cost-saving benefits that repair rather than replacement offers, via our VisibilITy repair reporting system.

The new version, recently launched, helps our customers demonstrate to consumers, business partners and investors the value of waste reduction.
Read the article.

Kenya recycles e-waste from around the world
Corinne Chin reports on how Kenya is recycling e-waste.
The amount of electronic waste generated globally last year is enough to fill 100 Empire State Buildings and represents more than 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) for every living person, according to the U.N. Environmental Program.

Much of that e-waste is exported to developing countries like India and Kenya in the form of used goods, where it ends up in landfills or is burned, putting lead, arsenic and mercury into the environment.
Read the article.

Vikings were experts in recycling and reclamation
Via @eoinbearla

The earliest Vikings settlers of 11th century Cork were recycling and land reclamation experts, and were trading with Europe, a major report on two of the city’s most significant archaeological sites has found.

The settlers were reusing wooden planks from their old long-boats to build jetties; to reclaim land from the River Lee; and as key support structures in their homes.
Read the article.

A new Zero market aims to revolutionize shopping
Read more at expandedconsciousness

Preservative-free groceries, organic and locally grown produce, “cruelty-free” body care and eco-household products all in bulk and without single-use packaging.

Plastic Surgeon is committed to sustainable construction and to minimising the impact we have on the environment.  High quality cosmetic repair is a sustainable option, it’s far more environmentally friendly, not to mention cost-effective, to repair rather than replace – and that goes for both refurbishment and new build projects.

Reduce, reuse, recycle, repair.

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Andy Heard, Facilities Manager) for Michelmores’ premises in Exeter, comments: “The chairs in our canteen, along with a lot of the other furniture is by the Swedish designer Fritz Hansen, and to have replaced the 30 which were in a poor state would have cost close to £16K – Plastic Surgeon resprayed them for £2,500.

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