Design for the Circular Economy

By Claire Potter | Sustainable design is evolving and now encompasses many aspects from economics to material reuse and consumer psychology - design for the circular economy combines this in a cradle to cradle, waste as food methodology. It's the future of design...

Filmmaker Sets Out to Bust Our Apathy Towards Ocean Plastic With Thought-Provoking Images

Plastic has become so ubiquitous in our society that we barely even notice it is there anymore. We grab water bottles without blinking, we spot …

8 companies to watch in the circular economy

The circular economy is anything but theoretical — startups and big companies alike already are experimenting with the concept to forge new business …

Recycling

Upcycling Goes High Fashion

This isn't your environmentalist or hippie friend's upcycling anymore. Upcycling is now not only good for the environment. It is high fashion and …

Recycling

Plasticity Forum to discuss the future of plastics sustainability with design community

×<p>An event that brings together high-level speakers to discuss the opportunities around plastic sustainability for the design community is coming to …

Circular Economy

The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

Eco Fashion

Pop-Up Waste Recycling Plants : watershed materials

Watershed Materials is a California-based company that has developed an incredibly sustainable method of recycling waste from excavation sites.<p>In …

Sustainability

Even for many of the most popular blends such as cotton and polyester, commercially viable separation, sorting and recycling technologies are not yet available. As a result, used apparel of blended or unknown materials are typically discarded in landfills or down-cycled into insulation, carpeting or other low-value applications. In a €5.8 million effort to change this, the non-profit H&M Foundation has entered a new partnership to develop technologies to recycle blended textiles into new fabrics and yarns, and plan to license the technology widely “to ensure broad market access and maximum impact.”

<i>The 3% Mountain</i>, a 6 meter high installation of secondhand clothes that represented a mere 3% of the average textile waste going into Hong Kong’s …

Innovation

These sneakers are made from recycled carbon dioxide

These sneakers are made from recycled carbon dioxide<p>A year ago, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE invited teams to submit business proposals on converting …

Sneakers

LCF Students Prove Sustainability Will Soon Be A Staple London Fashion Week Trend

'Upcycling is one of the very few ways to combat mass production.'<p>Sustainable fashion is set to become a staple trend at future London Fashion Weeks, as the next generation of designers have displayed a talent for incorporating upcycling into collections.<p>Teams of students involved in London College …

Don’t be eco-friendly just to do a good deed – do it to make your mark

Researchers have found people will act in a more environmentally helpful way when they consider what kind of legacy they hope to leave behind<p>In the face of an overwhelming amount of data suggesting that climate change poses an immediate and catastrophic threat to our very existence, we remain …

Climate Change

Win for Marine Animals! France to Ban Single-Use Plastic Cups, Plates and Cutlery by 2020

We have a serious problem with plastic. This fact is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore considering around 8.8 million tons of plastic gets …

EU Ban on Plastic Bags Making Impact

Shoppers in European countries like Germany or U.K. are getting fewer plastic bags due to a EU directive passed in April 2015 that is now slowly …

Plastic

Leading ocean advocacy groups join forces to tackle microfiber pollution

In a sign that the tide is turning against toxic microplastics, a new coalition has been formed to try to stop microfibers from poisoning our oceans<p>Two leading clean ocean advocacy groups have joined forces to stop tiny synthetic clothing fibers from polluting the world’s waterways and poisoning …

Environment

Monday Makers – Smile Plastics…

Today on Monday Makers we have the fantastic Smile Plastics, who we love here in the studio. With innovative recycled plastic sheets of all types, …

Design

Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years<p>Humanity is driving an unprecedented extinction of sealife unlike any in the fossil record, hunting and killing larger species in a way that will …

Biodiversity

What's next for green chemistry? Join The Guardian for this one-day event

The Guardian’s Green Chemistry Conference will bring together voices and ideas from science and industry to explore a toxin-free future. Join us for this special one-day event in New York City on 2 November 2016<p>In a year punctuated by toxic chemistry crises – including the Flint River scandal and …

Innovation

The future of design is sustainable design

Maybe our claim is a little bold, but we truly believe things should be designed for sustainability. Design defines how material objects look and …

Plastic shopping bags in France are now history - France 24

A ban on plastic bags distributed at cashiers in French shops came into force Friday, as the country makes the environmentally-friendly shift to recyclable and reusable biodegradable bags.<p>The measure came into effect July 1 and was passed as part of a 2015 energy bill. It bans plastic bags thinner …

Plastic

How to stop ghost fishing gear haunting our oceans

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>Lost or discarded fishing gear is responsible for …

5 steps to transforming the plastics economy

Plastics are fundamental to industry and everyday life. Yet they are one of the most wasteful examples of our existing linear, take-make-dispose …

Innovation

Global Programme of Action

<i>Marine Litter Vital Graphics,</i> highlights why it is important to act now if we want to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century. Though …

Scientists call for better plastics design to protect marine life

Improved materials would encourage recycling and prevent single-use containers from entering the oceans and breaking into small pieces<p>Plastics should be better designed to encourage recycling and prevent wasteful single-use containers finding their way into our oceans, where they break up into …

Plastic

This Is What 200 Tons of Marine Debris Looks Like ... From Just 12 Miles of Alaska's Coastline

A cleanup crew recovered 200 tons of trash from just 12 miles of Alaska's coastline around Prince William Sound.<p>Gulf of Alaska Keeper (GoAK), a …

Environment

Sony Upcycles Headphone Wires Into Chic Travel Accessories

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Headphones

Micaella Pedros explains how to make furniture using discarded plastic bottles

<b>Graduate shows 2016:</b> design graduate Micaella Pedros demonstrates how heat-shrunk plastic bottles can be used to create stable furniture joints in …

Furniture

These new Ikea cabinets are made from recycled plastic bottles

Every year, people consume about 110 million tons of plastic around the world. According to the United Nations Environmental Program, we only recycle about 6.5% of that, so an overwhelming majority ends up in landfills and oceans.<p>But Ikea wants to reduce that waste in the best way it knows how: …

IKEA

80% of Ocean Plastic Comes From Land-Based Sources, New Report Finds

Ocean plastic pollution is an increasingly devastating crisis, and this new infographic shows...

Oceans

Notebook: Adidas Builds Shoes from Ocean Scraps; David Rudisha Dons a Garmin

News and notes from the RW Shoe & Gear Editor.<p><i>In addition to product sneak peeks and Q&As, our Notebook column gives readers a look into what’s catching my attention and what’s showing up in the RW gear closet—my office. Let’s jump in.</i><p><b>SAVING THE PLANET, ONE SHOE AT A TIME</b><br>Adidas has teamed up with …

Shoes