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From Trash to Treasure: How Recycling and Re-using Can Change the World

28 Jul Zeo News | 5 comments
From Trash to Treasure: How Recycling and Re-using Can Change the World
 

In the 1950’s, plastics were introduced and instantly took off completely changing manufacturing; enabling huge advances in the way medicines and food could be transported and spurring a whole new generation of innovators.

But plastic has one massive downfall; it’s mostly made from petrochemicals that once disposed of can never fully decompose. They leave this planet abundant with poisonous waste that leaks toxins into our rivers and seas and just sits there creating an ever-increasing problem. I have no doubt that there is a solution to this problem, but it sure doesn’t belong with creating more plastic.

There are two easy environmental changes that everyone could stop doing today and that’s stop using plastic bags and stop using plastic water bottles. Instead, opt for reusable canvas bags and reusable glass or aluminium water bottles. Although the world is becoming increasingly better at recycling it still makes environmental sense to buy less packaging. ‘Nuding your food’ is becoming easier and easier with many local shops encouraging this practice. Take San Francisco for example, they have completely transformed their city into the most eco-friendly in the U.S. – they now recycle over 80% of their waste and even have an amazing citywide composting system that goes on to fertilise Californian farm land.

 

If your local area doesn’t recycle certain types of materials then I would encourage you to go on your local government environmental website and find out what you can do to bring a recycling program to your city, town, or neighbourhood. There are many different recycling and re-using schemes around the world that would never have happened without community support and encouragement. Having this common goal brings communities together and helps save the planet at the same time! If you need encouragement or want to read and watch more about recycling and re-using see Story of Stuff and Trashed for more information.

Solutions to the waste problem are being tackled all around the world, from companies turning waste plastic from the middle of the ocean back into products (see Method: Method Ocean Plastic) and Indosole, an Indonesian based company that turn old motorbike tyres into shoes. To me these companies have a truly uplifting and exciting approach in how we can make a big negative into something positive that can create jobs, boost economies and clean up the planet.

One of many solutions to the waste issue is a new raw material that can replace plastic and wood, inspiring a new generation of innovative and sustainable ideas – much like plastic achieved in the 1950’s. Zeoform is 100% non-toxic, biodegradable and ‘locks up’ carbon molecules from waste into beautiful, functional forms. Zeoform wants to help more people ‘buy green’ and support the current global trend towards sustainability. Zeoform reduces landfill waste by utilising waste streams of paper (and other cellulose fibre sources) and transforming them into construction materials, furniture, toys, electronics and much more.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is easier than most people think. Recycling and re-using can reduce landfill waste and incinerator waste while conserving our natural environment and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels. In being more resourceful and less wasteful we can turn the problem of waste on its head and rebalance nature, saving money for consumers and creating jobs in a new green economy that will last far longer than the fossil fuel years.

Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

 

Written by Tom Rivers, Business Development Manager at Zeoform

Tom is the Business Development Manager at Zeoform in Byron Bay, Australia. He is passionate about environmental and social causes. Outside of work Tom is a keen Cricket, Tennis and Football player who loves travelling and seeing the world.

  1. Rebecca Ernest08-30-13

    Please keep me posted–is there anything you can send me as you progress?
    Thank you!
    Rebecca M. Ernest

  2. Bill Campbell09-04-13

    Great site. Nice to know there is a sustainable replacement for plastic with the added bonus of recycling. If you ever make it near Boulder, Colorado know there is a place to hang your hat (I’d love to chat about your project).
    Best wishes,
    Bill

  3. Madelyn Moss11-23-13

    I love finding websites like this. I’m in high school and I’ve been trying to get my school to recycle more. I have already got two teachers who are recycling but I want to get my whole community to do it before I graduate.

  4. Azizul Haque02-04-14

    Wow! This is a very useful page and I really enjoyed reading article and all users’ comments. Recycling is one of the best ways for people to have a positive impact on the world. It has many benefits and make the world a much cleaner and greener place to live in. I think it should be a responsibility that everyone should take upon themselves.

  5. Amit Aggarwal08-13-18

    Great Article! Recycling is very important to safe our environment, and animals too. Lots of animals are die due to eat nonrecyclable stuff like Legos, plastics and small parts of hard to recycle materials.

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