Diapers, sanitary products could provide alternative fuel source

March 20, 2017 by  
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A waste-management company has developed a new, patented process that turns sanitary products, baby diapers, incontinence pads, and other so-called “absorbent hygiene products” into power. PHS Group , which serves 90,000 households, schools, offices, and retirement homes across the United Kingdom and Ireland, says that it handles about 45,000 tons of the stuff a year. A plant in the Midlands is currently converting 15 percent of that waste into compressed bales that can be burned to provide fuel for power stations. Refuse-derived fuel is neither an untested concept in Europe, where the practice is par for the course, nor in the U.K., where it’s gaining ground. But diapers, tampons, and their ilk have proved trickier because their dampness makes incineration most costly. But neither is dumping them in the landfill, where they’ll take decades to degrade, a sustainable solution. “Hygiene products are an essential part of many of our everyday lives but disposing of them has always been an issue,” Justin Tydeman, CEO of the PHS Group, told Guardian . PHS Group’s system, which is being evaluated by the University of Birmingham for its effectiveness, not to mention its impact on the environment, sounds simple in principle. Related: How Sweden diverts 99 percent of its waste from the landfill The company begins by shredding and squeezing the material, then disposing of any waste liquid as sewage. The remaining dry material is packed into bales, ripe for tossing into the fire. “Whether or not it turns out to be a major source of energy in itself, the key thing is we find a good way to handle what is a complex and growing waste stream,” Tydeman said. “We don’t want this stuff just going into the ground.” An aging population makes PHS Group’s tack even more vital than ever, Tydeman added. “The great thing about life today is people are living longer, but what comes with that is often incontinence issues,” he said. We want this to be a growing issue, because we want people to live longer.” Via the Guardian Photos by Unsplash , Pixabay

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VIDEO: How to Use Cloth Diapers

May 23, 2013 by  
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Approximately 27.4 billion disposable diapers end up in US landfills each year, and then they take about 500 years to decompose once they get there. If you want to stop contributing the the problem with your baby’s diapers, cloth diapers are a great option, but getting started does seem a bit intimidating. Inhabitots recently caught up with Carolyn Sutton of Charlie Banana to learn about the basics, and they made a great video so that you can follow along step by step. Click here to check it out! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: buying green diapers , carolyn sutton , charlie banana , charlie banana diapers , cloth diapering , cloth diapering how to , cloth diapers , diapers , eco baby , eco friendly diapers , eco-friendly design , green baby , green design , green diapers , guide to cloth diapers , how to cloth diaper , how to use green diapers , julie seguss , Luca        

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INTERVIEW: Kimberley Graham Nye Co-founder of gDiapers

April 26, 2011 by  
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Moms today are no shrinking violets when it comes to multi-tasking – and we don’t just mean in the home. There are a growing number of enterprising women who are making a splash in the business world, drawing on the skills they’ve learned through motherhood, and transforming them into profitable, green business models.

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Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

April 26, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , Butterflies , eco design , eco-art , Eiji Watanabe , green art , green design , illustrated field guides , Japan , sustainable design

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