Plastic is environmentally harmful because it does not degrade: did you know that plastic bottles can take more than five centuries to break down? But, what if bottles and other plastic waste could be transformed to our advantage? Armed with this challenge, researchers from Rutgers University in the United States have created a 100% recycled and recyclable thermoplastic material which is now being used in construction. This led to the creation of the world's longest recycled plastic bridge located in the Scottish county of Peeblesshire.
Experts calculate that over eight tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic end up in the seas and oceans every year. In the fight against this enemy, it is vital for the big supermarkets to take a stand, but small plastic-free supermarkets like unPacked in Madrid and YES FUTURE in Barcelona are pioneers in a battle that is being fought with weapons like bulk buying, reusing containers and using cloth shopping bags.
The large cities in China, the USA and the EU exhale 54% of the world's CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
re.turn, in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, noted for its marked social character: the project aims to inspire people, help the most vulnerable groups and, especially, to care for the sea. Its founders — surfers — are seeking to return to the oceans everything that the oceans have given them and are rolling out sustainable initiatives with recycled materials.
The fashion industry, which is responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, is the second most polluting after the oil industry. How can its impact on the environment be reduced? Biodegradable clothing is one of the answers and one of the industry's main commitments to promoting sustainability. Would you like to go shopping?
Our food habits contribute to global warming, a phenomenon that is threatening to cause serious harm to the planet. The United Nations (UN) warns that food waste alone causes 10% of greenhouse gases and urges us to change our diet to reverse the situation.