Ecover Will Be Partially Packaging Their Products With Plastic Retrieved From The Sea. Good Idea?

Plastic bottle in the oceanBased in Belgium, Ecover manufactures natural cleaning products primarily for the European market. They are like the United States’ Method brand – which they own. Ecover is always working on improving the sustainability of their products and their latest effort is to harvest sea-plastic from the ocean and incorporate it into their packaging. The sea-plastic will be mixed with a plastic made from sugar cane (PlantPlastic) and other recycled plastic to create a new one-of-a-kind packaging. Here’s how Ecover will recover and recycle the sea-plastic (Guardian):

“Boats outfitted with special equipment will be able to collect between two and eight tonnes of waste per trawl for cleaning and recycling, while other fishermen will collect plastic debris mixed with by-catch and deposit it at special collection points. The sorted waste will then be sent to Closed Loop Recycling’s plant in Dagenham, east London, where it will be processed and turned into the plastic for the new bottles.”

Reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans and creating awareness of the ocean garbage patches are all good things but I just can’t get past the idea of sending fuel-guzzling fishing boats out to trawl the ocean bottom for plastic. Maybe they’ll just skim the surface for floating plastic – still, it seems like an extremely consuming way to make a statement about ocean pollution and the sustainability of your product. Wouldn’t it be less consuming and less labor intensive to harvest the plastic on land before it reaches the ocean?

What do you think? [Guardian]


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Asking ‘What Good Shall I Do This Day?’ Is The Best Way To Start Every Day. Thanks Ben Franklin.

What good shall I do this day?  -  Ben Franklin
Good posted a page from Ben Franklin’s daily schedule and pointed out how he asked himself each day ‘What good shall I do this day?’ and ended each day with ‘What good have I done today?’ Everyone can define good differently but using it as a simple daily motivator is brilliant. It’s not a daily affirmation; it’s more of a daily motivation.

We’re going to tweak this a little and add it to our daily schedule as ‘What Jubbling shall I do this day?’ and so far, not showering and composting the coffee grounds are on our list. Still have 12 hours to go! [Good]

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Pablo Fernandez Is Creating Useful Products From Trash At His ReBorn Recraft Atelier In Barcelona.

ReBorn Recraft Atelier in BarcelonaFair Companies’ lastest post, “Tinkerers’ workshop: slow furniture recrafted from trash,” is about Pablo Fernandez and his efforts to recraft stuff people throw out into useful products at his Reborn Recraft Atelier in Barcelona. Pablo points out in the video that he can not find as many useful things to work with on the streets in his native Columbia as he can in Barcelona. In his shop, he has drinking glasses made from bottles, pallets turned into wine racks / glass holders and much more. [*faircompanies]


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Repurposing And Upcycling Wood Pallets Into Furniture And Shelving.

DIY Wood Pallet Coffee Table

Wood Pallet Coffee Table

We wrote about repurposing wood pallets for wedding tables in our post “And I Pronounce You Jubbling” back in 2011. Here are so more ideas from RenewPurpose that don’t require instructions; viewing the final repurposed pallet-product and adding a little stain or paint is all you need to duplicate these ideas. If you get a chance, check out their iDevice cases and handbags made from repurposed tire rubber. Pretty cool stuff. [RenewPurpose via Good]


DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Wood Pallet Couch

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Pallet Home Theater Seating

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

DIY Wood Pallet Shelving

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Waste Solution For Not-Recycling Houston: One Trash Bin For All Waste.

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Laura Spanjian - City of Houston Sustainability DirectorHow do you get a city with a low 14% recycling rate and no enforceable recycling laws to start separating their trash and divert it from landfills?

You don’t…. you bring in some garbage sorting technology and let it do the work. The City of Houston knew it would be tough to educate and motivate their residents to separate their trash so they went out and found companies that process it for them. Spearheading the effort is Laura Spanjian, Houston’s sustainability director. From Fast Co.Exist:

“Spanjian’s dream system combines many of these technologies: It would take everyone’s trash in one bin and send it to a facility that pulls out every piece of recyclable material and separates out food waste. Recyclable commodities would be sold, and food waste would be turned into compost or put in an anaerobic digester to power facilities or trucks. Another portion of the waste would be turned into gasoline.”

Brilliant – put all the trash in one bin and let the specialized machines sort it. Much better than the alternative of sending all of the trash to landfills.

Here are some of the companies Ms. Spanjian found that can divert and reuse/recycle Houston’s trash:

“One company cited by Spanjian, Organic Energy Corporation, offers a one-bin waste sorting solution. A company called BHS operates a material recovery facility in San Jose, California–but it doesn’t deal with food waste. ZeroWaste can take care of that; the company operates anaerobic digesters to deal with food waste in the city. And CRI Catalyst Company–a Houston-based company–offers a technology that turn biomass into gasoline or diesel.”

Not all cities are like San Francisco – which diverts 80% of their trash from landfills. If Ms. Spanjian’s model is successful, other low recycling rate cities can copy and implement a scaled version of her system. Dog wags tail. [Fast Co.Exist]

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Submerged Art Installations And Sculptures Made From Our Marine Trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Posidonia

Posidonia

Scuba artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez built underwater art sculptures out of marine trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Martini Effect

Martini Effect

Here is a portion of their artistic statement:

“In response to our time of alarming climate change, the work presents a deliberate immersion of the objects that compose our daily surroundings. The certainty that in a near future, global issues will bring disastrous consequences on the environment creates a disturbing atmosphere. However the mass production rate of artificial material seems unstoppable. It overflows well beyond land frontiers and the seas surface, as it penetrates the depth of a distant and foreign space.”

You can read the full artistic statement on the Forlane 6 Studio website.

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