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How waste can save lives and create jobs

On Tuesday I dropped in on the launch event for the Virtuous Circle report, hosted by Tearfund and the Institute for Development Studies. The report is all about how the circular economy can deliver economic growth, create quality jobs, and save lives in developing countries, while improving the environment at the same time. It’s one […]

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The world’s first mall for recycled goods

Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a real interest in this whole idea. Lots of you have been in touch to share similar projects, including this one from Sweden. […]

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Every town needs a remakery

The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair. The shop sells refurbished computers and furniture, and hosts workshops where people can come along and learn how to repair their own things. There’s a big vision behind it: “we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people use and dispose […]

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Why the world needs waterless toilets

The other day I was opening a charity magazine and found an insert from Practical Action inside. It’s about toilets in Bangladesh and I’ve seen it a couple of times now. Before I start, a word of warning – if you’re reading this over lunch, maybe come back later. The story in the flyer is […]

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A creative use for Britain’s bread waste mountain

Despite the best efforts of campaigners over the past few years, food waste remains deeply entrenched in our food system. Reducing or eliminating waste is still the priority, but there will always be wastage in the system somewhere. That’s where we need to put our circular economy hats on and work out how to put […]

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Visualising a city’s recycling

Real World Visuals have been doing some work with the Bristol Waste Company, which is responsible for the city’s recycling and rubbish disposal. They’ve created a couple of videos that show the scale of the task, how much recycling is collected and how much more there could be. One thing I like about this is […]

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How to deal with post-festival waste

A few years ago I had the misfortune of passing through Reading on the train just after their famous music festival ended. The debris left behind is extraordinary, and seems to go on for ages. Field after field of abandoned camping equipment, bags of rubbish, and strewn beer cans. It’s something of an indictment of […]

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Growing mushrooms on coffee

I enjoy experimenting with growing things, and this year we tried growing mushrooms. Two different family members bought me growing kits for Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed the pink oyster and chestnut mushrooms we’ve grown. As my current mushroom farms come to the end of their run, I’ve been looking up where to get some new […]

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Sustainable plastic from seaweed

A couple of years ago marine biologists conducted a wide scale survey of the sea floor around Europe, diving as deep as 4.5 kilometres down into the Cascais Canyon off Portugal. 6,500 sites were studied in total, and “litter was found at all surveyed locations”. Our rubbish is everywhere. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, so once it […]

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Why cheap fashion is a problem

A little video for your Friday afternoon, in which the good folks at Grist explain the consequences of cheap fashion. If you’re not familiar with Grist, by the way, mooch on over and have a look at their site. It’s a firmly established and well informed climate change website, but it has its tongue in […]

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