The current recycling rate in the U.S. is hovering around 35% and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) – a nonprofit aimed at promoting sustainability nationwide – is looking to change that. Specifically, KAB is promoting its new Recycling at Work initiative where businesses pledge to increase workplace recycling rates by at least 10%. It’s a modest goal with a major upside.
What’s a $10 billion Fortune 500 company doing digging in the dumpster? Gathering building materials to construct its one-of-a-kind showroom made from discarded and recycled debris, of course. The eco-friendly design was actually dreamed up and built in the summer of 2013 by Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development Ltd. based in Taiwan, which partnered with Nike, based in Portland, OR, to create the so-called NIKE X158 Hyper Nature concept store.
The city of Dallas, TX was near the bottom of the list in terms of pollution, air quality and recycling rates just a decade ago but within the past few years has made a major turnaround. It adopted the Dallas sustainability plan in 2006 and since has made major improvements in the city's greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, green building practices and overall carbon footprint.
Sure, it hasn't always been synonymous with "sustainability" or "green", but things are starting to change for the 17th biggest city in the United States.
The state of Indiana hasn't had the best of reputations when it comes to maintaining an eco-friendly profile. In fact, a 2007 report published by Forbes ranked Indiana second to last -- 49th out of 50 -- in terms of overall air/water quality, waste management, green policy, energy efficiency and other factors. As the state capital and second largest city in the Midwest, Indianapolis has taken the bull by the horns in trying to turn things around.
UPDATE (8/22/17): The One Bin initiative in Houston is now a defunct program, and the city is currently facing a lawsuit from EcoHub for issues relating to the original bidding process in obtaining the recycling contract, according to The Texas Monitor. More details to this story here. Below, read about the original plan to implement One Bin For All in the City of Houston. Recycling rates are pretty poor on average in the U.S. -- about 30% nationwide. The recycling rate in Houston, TX is less than half the national average!
In part 1 of our ongoing infographic series called "America's Greenest Cities", we take a look at why Houston, TX is becoming one of the most eco-friendly cities in the United States.
On the eve of Labor Day weekend, 2013, there’ll no doubt be plenty of backyard BBQs and more than a few cold ones being cracked open over the next few days. So, we got beer on our minds!
It’s a remarkable photo taken by senior photographer at Surfer Magazine, Zak Noyle. While at first glance it seems that a bit of photo manipulation was used to make the image a bit more surreal, but that’s not the case. The trash you see floating alongside the surfer is the real deal.
Recycling shingles into new asphalt pavement mix rather than dumping them in landfills saves the contractor and homeowner money. In some cases, it costs half as much to recycle shingles compared to the tipping fee costs at landfills. RELATED READING
(7/1013) If you’ve flown into or out of the Los Angeles airport recently, you may have noticed some illuminated life-size sculptures of animals on display while walking through the Tom Bradley Terminal.
A leading food distributor and retailer recently announced a new clean energy initiative that would convert 55,000 tons of food waste annually into usable biogas to offset the costs of powering its 650,000 square foot distribution center located in the Los Angeles area. FIND: Dumpsters for Rent in Los Angeles
The world’s biggest manufacturer of composite decking and railing has kept more than 2.5 billion pounds of wood and plastic from entering landfills during the past five years – that’s quite a few trees and plastic bags. Trex Company has been in the wood-alternative decking business for 20 years and its products are stocked at retailers nationwide.
Some green-minded students in France managed to transform discarded junk into recumbent-style exercise bikes that generated enough electricity to power an entire film festival. The wooden bikes were constructed of waste debris taken from trash bins and were then retrofitted with small generators to produce 100% clean pedal power.
He’s not your average artist; in fact, he works with trash found littered along highways and on beaches across the country. Barry Rosenthal is a New York photographer who stumbled onto using trash as an artistic medium after years of shooting plants in nature and realizing there was so much garbage littering these areas.