Monthly Archives: November 2018

The future of plastics

UPEI engineering students get hands-on lesson in sustainability! First year students at UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering are getting a hands-on lesson in plastics and sustainability. It’s part of a new first year course called Sustainability in Engineering Design. “The idea is they’re to see how much we consume or don’t even think about…

Recycling costs are rising fast. This is why.

Connecticut recycling operations are struggling to cope with increasing financial pressures involving plunging prices for recycled materials, higher trucking costs, growing difficulties sorting trash and worries about President Donald Trump’s tariff wars. As their profits drop and expenses rise, many recycling operators are beginning to pass those costs on to municipalities and consumers. To read…

Young people say not recycling is a dealbreaker

Is “green” the new sexy? According to new research, 62 percent of Americans consider it a turn-off if somebody doesn’t recycle! The statistic emerged in a new study of 2,000 Americans examining the country’s relationship with recycling and found that you may want to add “I recycle” to your dating profile bio. It seems to…

China’s ban on trash imports shifts waste crisis to Southeast Asia

As plastic scrap piles up, Malaysia and others fight back! When President Donald Trump signed legislation renewing the federal marine debris program, he blamed Asia for fouling the world’s oceans. He named Japan, China, and “many, many countries” for dumping plastic waste that floats over to the West Coast. What Trump didn’t acknowledge is that…

China tightens ban on solid waste imports!

The Chinese government has introduced a tightened ban on solid waste imports. Effective on Dec. 31, 2018, 32 types of solid waste will be banned from imports, according to the document released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the General Administration of Customs….

“Plastic Island” Imagines the Possibilities of Reusing Oceanic Waste in Architecture

With rising sea levels and incessant consumption of plastic, the state of the earth’s oceans is rapidly deteriorating. Instead of discarding or burning this plastic, architects Erik Goksøyr and Emily-Claire Goksøyr questioned whether any architectural potential exists in this neglected material. By conducting an extensive material study, the duo designed three prototypes to postulate this theory. To read the…