The shoes cemetery

These images come from an area a few kilometers from Zagreb: huge dump of shoes,  in good condition and all branded Fafa. A sort of “cemetery” in which prevailing models with high heels, pink, white and blue.

Who just left all this shoes did not even think for a moment how this hills will cost in terms of environment.

All the energy to produce them, all the works of several men or women wasted for nothing. And now who is going to clean the area?

Shoes cannot be recycled but the materials and the money thrown away  could be used more wisely.

Now we are not in the position of waste anything.

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Eco Christmas tree designed by Jolanta Šmidtiene

For the past three years, Jolanta Šmidtienė has been designing the

Jolanta-Šmidtienė tree

holiday décor for Kaunas in Lithuania.

This year, the city was faced with an extremely restrained budget. They sought to create a recycled tree of some sort that would be beautiful without breaking the bank.

It is Christmas. The lights bright the streets, decorations are everywhere and a smell of crackling fireplaces fill the air.

I just love Christmas. Unfortunately since I have became an “ecologist” Christmas has a bitter taste.

In fact I cannot help to think about all the massive footprint that all our family will leave while we are celebrating the most famous birthday in the world.e

Yes because behind all our presents and lights there is a huge production of greenhouse gas and waste.

So I loved the Christmas tree designed by Jolanta Šmidtiene for the city of Kaunas.

The tree did not cost anything and it is made only by recycled plastic bottles.

The massive fir is 42 feet high and made with more than 40 thousand bottles tying together.

At night the tree lit from the inside and emits a powerful emerald light.

Wrap annual conference: Caroline Spelman talks about waste

This is my report from inside the conference.

“British business could save around £23 billion a year by improving the way they use energy, materials and water” said the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman.

Speaking at the annual WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) conference the Spelman pointed out that developing our energy system is not anymore only an environmental issue.

After praising WRAP for cutting millions of tones of household food waste since 2006, she explained the necessity for the manufacturers to change their way of producing and using energy.

For Mrs. Spelman “good resource management will help rebalance the economy and put it on a more sustainable footing”.

With the financial crisis and the risk of recession companies need more than ever to save money and cut the cost of their business.

Saving energy is not he only measure on the agenda. The waste sector is a “bright star”, she continued, of economic growth with a projected three to four per cent increase a year.

According to Spelman, local Governments have the responsibility to engage local people in reducing and converting the sources of energy because business could not sustain all the cost of economic recovery.

The local Governments support must also have a surveillance function because even in the waste industry, police have recorded some very disturbing issues that risk ruining this new sustainable trade.

“I’m sure all of you have heard about the increasing problem of metal theft. A problem that is disrupting travel. Putting power supplies and communication systems at risk. And that even affected Remembrance Sunday last weekend, through the outrageous theft of memorial plaques” said Spelman.

“It is important that across Government we act decisively. We must make sure that there’s no hiding place for anyone involved in this illegal trade. So I’ve got a message for metal thieves – they can expect a knock at the door”.

To fight this illegal trade the Government has increased the penalty and these criminals can now face a heavy fine, a possible criminal prosecution, and ultimately jail.

The Secretary assured the commitment to stamp out illegal trade and help the legitimate companies with the Green Economy Road map that was launched in August. Its publication has helped us develop a dialogue between Government, business and society.

Then Spelman concluded by saying that “this is a dialogue that will enable us to meet our ambitions for a thriving green economy. An economy that creates the right conditions needed to transform it from one of waste and inefficiency to a more sustainable model and one that demonstrates green growth. A model that creates the right conditions for innovation and entrepreneurs to flourish. Allowing the market for waste materials to grow. Creating opportunities for collection, recycling, reprocessing and recovery of more waste”.

La Casa de Botellas: Argentinian Home Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

La Casa de Botellas created by the Alfredo Santa Cruz family in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, was constructed from thousands of PET plastic bottles, and was designed as “a tool for promoting ecological and social responsibility.”

The surprisingly sturdy structure features a Tetra pack roof, doors and windows made from CD jewel cases — and the interior boasts beds, coffee tables and couches, all created entirely from used plastic. While no one in the Santa Cruz family is an architect or engineer, they are doing their part to save the planet by providing free home building courses in Latin American countries “to address both trash [issues] and housing scarcity.

by Rodrigo Soldon

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Londoners do not recycle enough. If everyone in London recycled everything they can,  the city hall has calculated that next year the council could save £60 million. During a financial crisis period we have to reconsider our habits even in the way we trough away our waste.

Every penny spent on landfilling rubbish is a waste of public money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British capital’s mayor, Boris Johnson, in a direct message to his fellow citizens, said the city’s districts currently pay 25% more in taxes for the disposal of waste collected in black bin, bins of black.

The incredible thing is that of  this huge mountain of waste the 80 % could be recycled!! Every day, in fact, tons of garbage bins and fill clog landfills constitute a cost to the community. If  all waste would be properly disposed, they might  represent a resource that not only helps the environment, but also the economy.

The main claim of this new campaign are: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.

On the site recycle for London it is possible to find all the information you need for recycle your waste at home. In a special box in the site you can enter your postcode and find out all the material you can recycle in your district.

 

http://www.recycleforlondon.com/

There are also some amazing tips for reuse your old stuff if they are still in a good condition.

An example

Swapping parties ‘swishing’

Swishing is swapping clothes amongst friends, colleagues or any other like-minded fashion lovers who want to re-use clothes in the name of having fun and helping the environment.

Swishers get together and bring along items they no longer have use for. In return they can take away other items for free. The items simply need to be clean, in good condition and something that you are proud to hand on.

Throw your own?

If you like the sound of that, why not throw your own party at home or at work? www.swishing.com has lots of information to help you plan and run your own Swishing party.

For other information and ideas it will be useful to visit also http://www.recyclenow.com/

You will find that you can recycle much more that you could immagine.