Cameroon student nonprofit recycles plastic bottles into boats

August 10, 2017 by  
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Humanity has a plastic bottle addiction, purchasing one million a minute , and many bottles wind up not in recycling bins but in our oceans. Cameroon -based nonprofit Madiba & Nature is pioneering a creative use for all those polluting bottles: boats . They’re fabricating floating canoe-shaped crafts out of collected empties in an effort to prompt people to think differently about how they consume and dispose of plastic bottles. A group of students is transforming plastic trash into boats. They aim to promote a circular economy in Africa ; according to their website: “…we want to help change people’s attitudes and bad habits on the management of plastic waste that degrades sensitive ecosystems.” One Green Planet reports Cameroonian Essome Ismael invented the boats. Related: The world’s population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute Madiba & Nature volunteers have gathered to pick up thousands of plastic bottles near Cameroon’s largest city, Douala, to use those bottles for what they call ecological canoes. The boats could help not just the environment , but the local community as well. In a video, Ismael said there’s a great need for fishing boats in his area, and the plastic bottle boats could meet that need. Local fisherman Emmanuel Japa said at first they thought the plastic bottle boats were a joke, but it turns out the crafts are actually strong and seaworthy. Ismael also said plastic bottles clogging their waterways have led to flooding in the local area. The boats are just the beginning. Madiba & Nature’s website says in around a year of work, they’ve started a program for students and engineers to learn more about green business , and have developed an environmental awareness and education program. They’ve also helped develop a local waste management system and have supported other groups laboring to protect the environment. Their website also says they aim to research how to use recycled plastic in building or paving systems. + Madiba & Nature Via One Green Planet Images via Madiba & Nature Facebook

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Can Greenwashing Ever Be Good?

August 9, 2017 by  
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When companies market a product as eco-friendly that might not necessarily be as “green” as they say, that’s known as greenwashing. A great example of this is boxed water — whether it comes in a plastic bottle or a carton, it still isn’t…

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Global population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute

July 3, 2017 by  
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We’re drowning in plastic bottles . You already know plastic water bottle use – and their disposal or lack thereof – is a worldwide dilemma, but new statistics released by The Guardian reveal just how staggering the issue has become. Every minute humans purchase one million plastic bottles, consuming nearly 500 billion a year. And while it’s true many of these bottles can be recycled , it’s becoming harder for us to keep up with the sheer volume of trash that needs recycling, and a great deal of it lands up polluting our oceans . In 2016 humans bought over 480 billion plastic water bottles. But that’s only the beginning of the bad news. Less than half of those 480 billion bottles were collected for recycling. And a mere seven percent of those found a second life as new bottles. What happened to the rest? You guessed it: they’re littering our oceans and landfills . And estimates from Euromonitor International indicate their use will only increase, to 583.5 billion by 2021. Related: Plastic waste pop-up pavilion rethinks recycling in the Netherlands Surfers Against Sewage chief executive Hugo Tagholm told The Guardian, “The plastic pollution crisis rivals the threat of climate change …Current science shows that plastics cannot be usefully assimilated into the food chain . Where they are ingested they carry toxins that work their way on to our dinner plates.” Plastic is already showing up in our food, according to recent studies. Scientists at Belgium’s Ghent University found people who eat seafood unwittingly consume 11,000 tiny plastic pieces yearly. Researchers at Plymouth University in England discovered plastic in one third of fish caught in the United Kingdom. According to The Guardian, plastic was first popularized in the 1940’s – but much of the material manufactured then is still around today because plastic takes hundreds of years at best to break down. These bottles could be comprised of 100 percent recycled plastic , but many brands haven’t made the switch because they prefer the shiny look of traditional plastic. And many companies have fought against a tax on single-use bottles. But a similar tax on plastic bags has been quite successful: England’s five pound plastic bag tax has resulted in usage of the polluting bags plummeting by 85 percent . Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons and Emilian Robert Vicol on Flickr

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Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

April 20, 2015 by  
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Reusable water bottles can take up a lot of space, but Hydaway folds down to just over an inch, so it can fit in a pocket, wallet, backpack, or just about anywhere. These food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic collapsible bottles are dishwasher safe, and can be filled up with fresh water for drinking on the go. Hydaway’s creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production, and reached their funding goal in the first day! Production has already begun, and if they manage to raise $70,000 by midnight on Earth Day , April 22nd 2015, they will donate 1 percent of their total fundraising goal to One Percent for the Planet ! They’re at nearly $58,000 right now, so you can help them reach their goal, and in turn, help the entire planet. + Hydaway Bottles on Kickstarter + Hydaway Bottles The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA Free , BPA-free plastic bottle , collapsible bottle , foldable bottle , Hydaway , Hydaway bottle , hydaway bottles , kickstarter , reusable water bottle , silicone , water bottle

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Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

April 20, 2015 by  
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It’s easy to forget how much energy it takes to keep our food fresh. So imagine taking advantage of the earth’s natural underground insulation to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree , a Scandinavian design company created by Floris Schoonderbeek, specializes in products made to encourage people to take advantage of natural and outdoor living.  Their Groundfridge is a modern take on the familiar root cellar concept, allowing you to keep your produce fresh without traditional refrigeration . Read the rest of Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food storage , green design , green food storage , green refrigeration , milan 2015 , Milan Design , Milan Design Week , milan expo , milan fair , Milan Furniture Fair , refrigeration , The Ground Fridge

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

July 23, 2014 by  
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Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Make Up Vegetable Nursery Home in Vietnam

March 11, 2014 by  
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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

July 25, 2013 by  
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The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere, and it can be used in any reused plastic bottle to purify water from the tap. Each WaterBean can safely filter 280 bottles worth of H2O into clean and pure drinking water . Read the rest of WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , plastic bottle filter , sustainable design , water filter , WaterBean        

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515 Rhinos Have Been Poached in South Africa This Year

July 25, 2013 by  
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The deputy general of South Africa’s environment ministry Fundisile Mketini reported yesterday that a whopping 515 rhinoceri have already been poached in the nation this year. Last year the rhinoceros death toll in South Africa reached 668 – a record high that officials are afraid will be surpassed by the close of this year.  Poachers have been on the rise as the back market for rhino horn rises in Asia. Read the rest of 515 Rhinos Have Been Poached in South Africa This Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black rhino , eco design , green design , rhino horn , rhino poaching , South African rhino , sustainable design        

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Giant Armchair Constructed From 2,500 Salvaged Plastic Bottles by Várnai Gyula

October 4, 2012 by  
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Artist Várnai Gyula has recycled 2,500 plastic bottles to create a larger-than-life armchair! The colossal construction was displayed last year in Park Galeria, a mall in Budapest. The site often exhibits public artworks in its atrium, and passersby could sit back and take it easy in the giant chair. + Várnai Gyula Via Collabcubed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , gyula varnai , plastic bottle chair , recycled artwork , salvaged materials , sustainable design

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