"UNWASTED: THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS ON EARTH"
A close look at companies who are working on creating a less wasteful, more cost-effective and environmentally tenable society.
There is no waste in nature. When a tree falls it's only halfway through its life. When a bear or animal finishes eating food and processes it in its body that becomes fertilizer for future life in the forest flora.
So it's a beautiful thing the way nature has worked this all out. There is no waste in nature; the human animal is in fact the only animal on the planet to create waste that nature cannot process.
The reason you should care about this is because that's going to make a difference for the environment, for the economy, for your costs, for all the things you care about. In economics there's this term of "externalities" and there's a lot of cost out there that we collectively bear as a society, whether it's habitat destruction, whether it's cost that are directly being imposed on us the citizens who didn't ask for those costs to be put on us. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/unwasted-future-business-earth/
THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY IS BIG BUSINESS
GreenBiz, April 06, 2015
HOW CAN AGRICULTURE SOLVE ITS $5.87 BILLION PLASTIC PROBLEM http://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-can-agriculture-solve-its-1-billion-plastic-problem
Nation of Change, May 14, 2014
▶ GARBAGE LAND USA: 590,000,000,000 POUNDS OF WASTE GENERATED ANNUALLY Less than 20% of that is reused or recycled. The elimination of food waste alone could feed an additional 1 billion people a year. With all this detritus piling up, it is time to take a look at what we can do differently, and waste not, the resources, which are quickly dwindling on this planet...http://www.nationofchange.org/garbage-land-usa-590000000000-pounds-waste-generated-annually-1400079448
Peak Prosperity, December 05, 2014
THE ENVIRONMENT: INCREASING WASTE
Guardian, October 06, 2014
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST AND MOST DANGEROUS DUMP SITES
Waste is now a global business yet more than half of the world’s population have little option but to use dumps for disposing rubbish, creating massive sites full of hazardous materials, often in the world’s poorer countries. The latest Waste Atlas report, developed by D-Waste and supported by the Waste Atlas partnership, lists 50 of the biggest sites http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/ng-interactive/2014/oct/06/world-biggest-most-dangerous-dump-sites-interactive
Reuters, Macrh 31, 2015
▶ EU TO BAN OWNERS FROM SCRAPPING SHIPS ON SOUTH ASIAN BEACHES http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/31/shipping-recycling-widerimage-idUSL6N0WQ3QG20150331
Sustainable Brands, March 25, 2015
▶ TO RECYCLE OR NOT TO RECYCLE: THE ECONOMICS OF GARBAGE
▶ UP TO HALF OF GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION WASTED - A CASE FOR GROWING FOOD LOCALLY AND REGIONALLY - http://ens-newswire.com/2013/01/11/up-to-half-of-global-food-production-wasted/
▶ U.N. LAUNCHES NEW FIGHT AGAINST FOOD WASTE - GLOBALIZATION vs LOCAL http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3995363082/u-n-launches-new-fight-against-food-waste-globalization-vs-local
TRASH TO ENERGY
The Mind Unleashed, September 07, 2014
SWEDEN IS NOW RECYCLING 99 PERCENT OF ITS TRASH. HERE'S HOW . Importing Garbage for energy is good business for Sweden http://themindunleashed.org/2014/09/sweden-now-recycling-99-percent-trash-heres.html
One Green Planet, February 23, 2015
▶ 5 CONVENIENT INVENTIONS THAT ARE KILLING THE PLANET http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/convenient-inventions-that-are-killing-the-planet/
VICE, January 16, 2015
▶ HOW THE MOB TURNED SOUTHERN ITALY INTO A TOXIC WASTELAND http://www.vice.com/read/the-mob-made-southen-italy-a-toxic-wasteland-0000555-v22n1
Guardian, February 23, 2015
▶ THE FUTURE OF WASTE: FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FOR BY 2025
▶ THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: COULD IT PRESENT A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS? http://sco.lt/8plSHx
▶ 5 BUSINESS MODELS THAT ARE DRIVING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681904/5-business-models-that-are-driving-the-circular-economy
-▶ THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB http://sco.lt/7sR3eT
Summit Voice, January 11, 2015
▶ SCIENTISTS TRY TO ASSESS GLOBAL HEALTH, CLIMATE IMPACTS OF UNREGULATED TRASH BURNING http://summitcountyvoice.com/2015/01/11/environment-scientists-try-to-assess-global-health-climate-impacts-of-unregulated-trash-burning/
▶ REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF HOSPITALS: FROM SINGLE USE TO REUSE http://sco.lt/5eK9oX
▶ WHAT ARE THE HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY? http://sco.lt/9Idgcj
GreenBiz, September 29, 2014
▶ A GLIMPSE INTO OUR 2030 WASTE-FREE WORLD http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/09/29/glimpse-2030-wastefree-world-xerox
BILLIONS OF POUNDS OF PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS
IMPACT ON SEA LIFE, YOUR SEAFOOD AND YOUR HEALTH
"INSIDE THE GARBAGE OF THE WORLD" (80 min)
We're living on a beautiful planet and as a human race we've been here for thousands of years. Our planet didn't need to be protected; life was flourishing on its own, with its own agenda. However for the past 100 years we've made a tremendous impact with our footprint due to the growth of world population and the industrialization of our everyday life. Economy, profit and capitalization became more important than respecting our planet and an ancient knowledge to advance a new way of life. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/inside-garbage-world/
Toronto Star, September 20, 2014
▶ TOXIC WASTE (RADIOACTIVE) DUMPED INTO NIAGARA RIVER A THREAT TO LAKE ONTARIO.
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE–Remember the Love Canal ? Just up the road from that notorious toxic neighbourhood in New York state, there’s a new plan to dump more poisonous waste, including radioactive material, right near Lake Ontario and on an earthquake fault line. New York state officials are now considering whether to permit a company called Chemical Waste Management Inc. to expand its landfill in Youngstown, N.Y., perilously close to the Canadian border — and our shared water.
Do we ever learn? The site is less than five kilometres from the Niagara River, already filled with so many chemicals that it’s listed as an official area of concern by the International Joint Commission that oversees shared Canada-U.S. waters. Even more concerning for Canadians is that at least once a year, under U.S. permit, the existing New York-side landfill is allowed to dilute the cancer-linked PCBs and other materials it collects and discharge its nasty water into the Niagara River.
Forbes, February 21, 2013
-▶ HOW GM MAKES $1 BILLION A YEAR BY RECYCLING WASTE http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/02/21/how-gm-makes-1-billion-a-year-by-recycling-waste/
Real News One, June 10, 2014
▶ PUTTING THE ECONOMY BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT IS ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM AND ECOCIDE http://realnewsone.com/2014/06/10/putting-the-economy-before-the-environment-is-environmental-vandalism/
Guardian Environment, George Monbiot, April 12, 2013
-▶ LET'S STOP HIDING BEHIND RECYCLING AND BE HONEST ABOUT CONSUMPTION http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/apr/12/escalating-consumption
Click Green, June 23, 2014
▶ JAIL FOR ILLEGAL WASTE EXPORTER AS COURTS GET TOUGH ON ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/national-news/124842-jail-for-illegal-waste-exporter-as-courts-get-tough-on-environmental-crime.html
Global OnenesS Project
▶ MORE WITH LESS: WHAT WOULD NATURE DO?
We are using resources faster than they replenish -- from fossil fuel reserves and groundwater to the thousands of plant and animal species now permanently lost from our planet.
To support outer efforts towards sustainability we need to radically adjust our inner attitudes toward the material world. Relationships based on greed, over-identification with ownership, and the use of material goods to establish status and power over others, can be traded for new values and ways of living that empower a healthy and dignified relationship to all the earth's resources.
▶ ARTIST TRANSFORMS HUGE URBAN TRASH HEAPS INTO FANTASTIC PAINTED ANIMALS http://ow.ly/BJlDZ
- ▶ THE WORLD'S LARGEST 'WASTE DUMP' IS FOUND IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN http://sco.lt/5F1E8H
- ▶ PLASTIC IN 'GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH' HAS INCREASED 100-FOLD - Killing Ocean Life and Ecosystem | Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/09-2
- ▶ OUR OCEANS ARE DROWNING IN PLASTIC http://sco.lt/5P84GH
"A RIVER OF WASTE "
Beginning with a history of the American food system, River of Waste shows its evolution to large-scale corporate farms where pollution and use of growth hormones threaten both individual health and the future of our planet http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/river-waste/
August 2, 2012 Pew Environment Group
▶ ANIMAL WASTE, WATERWAYS, AND DRINKING WATER http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/opinions/animal-waste-waterways-and-drinking-water-85899409190
-▶ MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE http://sco.lt/5Gpafx
August 5, 2013 Sustainable Blog
- ▶ WATER PROOF: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF WATER CONSERVATION http://sustainablog.org/2013/08/water-proof-the-history-and-future-of-water-conservation/
▶ REUSE: THE NEXT WAVE FOR WATER CONSERVATION - WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT http://ensia.com/features/reuse-the-next-wave-for-water-conservation/
-▶ DEADLY BYCATCH: TWO-THIRDS OF HEALTHY FISH BROUGHT ON TO FISHING VESSELS ARE THROWN BACK INTO THE SEA ... DEAD OR INJURED http://sco.lt/6DbCld
FROM WASTE TO WATTS: BIOFUEL BONANZA
▶ DISPELLING THE MYTH OF CLEAN, GREEN BIOMASS POWER DRIVEN BY THE INDUSTRY http://sco.lt/7j2i8n
Al Jazeera America, January 15, 2014
-▶ U.S. LOUISIANA FORESTS BEING SACRIFICED TO FUEL EUROPE'S BIOMASS BOOM http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/16/green-energy-demandineuropemaybethreateningamericanforests.html
NICE, BUT NO EXCUSE FOR GENERATING UNBRIDLED WASTE IN THE FIRST PLACE
-▶ WORLD'S LARGEST CFB BIOMASS POWER PLANT NOW IN COMMERCIAL OPERATION http://www.caelusgreenroom.com/2013/01/07/worlds-largest-cfb-biomass-power-plant-now-in-commercial-operation/
Click Green Research, January 09, 2014
▶ EU BIOFUEL POLICY IS DRIVING UP DEMAND FASTER THAN NATURE CAN KEEP UP - RUNNING OUT POLLINATING BEES http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/research/trends/124095-eu-biofuel-policy-is-driving-up-demand-faster-than-nature-can-keep-up.html
▶ OUR INDUSTRIAL, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL FOOD SYSTEM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH, OUR CULTURES AND OUR HEALTH http://sco.lt/7JZlyb
December 27, 2011 EcoGreen4Us
- ▶ CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT WATER AND FORESTS? http://www.ecogreen4us.com/stories/environment-stories/live-without-water-forest/
-▶ A GREEN, COMMON-BASED GOVERNANCE: THE RIGHT TO A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL SPECIES http://sco.lt/8qokwj
▶ ECONOMIC SUCCESS ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH TO IMPROVE OUR WELL-BEING http://sco.lt/5T6cfh
- ▶ KEEPING NATURE IN OUR FUTURE: HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC AND PLANETARY SURVIVAL http://sco.lt/5863W5
-▶ WHO OWNS NATURE? CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2299601530/who-owns-nature-corporate-power-and-the-final-frontier-in-the-commodification-of-life
-▶ "AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD: ONE ENVIRONMENT, ONE HUMANITY, ONE PLANET" http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/