The public's increased awareness of the environmental impact of material disposal has led to support for measures such as New York's styrofoam ban. It has also led to a certain amount of moralizing and anti-consumption ideology that, in my view, is less useful.
Without substantive recycling, in these ways or others, we perpetuate waste. Waste is excess. Excess is pollution. Pollution dirties our air, corrupts our land, fouls our water, poisons our ocean, and diminishes our future.
In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (Read: salaries).
It seems that it was just yesterday that people drank water from bubblers, and that buying a cold drink meant buying Coke, Pepsi, or 7-Up. But over the past 30 years, there has been a huge shift in what we're drinking -- and how much of it we're drinking, and even where we are drinking it.
I'd like to believe that with time and distance from the 1996-2006 insurgency, this issue, and others, will be ironed out and given the attentions -- and solutions -- it deserves.
Innovation is iterative. Sometimes change requires interns with fresh perspective. Sometimes it requires people with long-term industry knowledge who understand the parameters of the box we need to think our way out of. Sometimes it requires both.
The issue of New York's garbage is considered by many to be intractable due to the size, scale and the fast-paced lifestyle that this city is famous for. The city that never sleeps seems to be either too busy or too tired to sort its garbage.
I wanted to let you know that I mistakenly received an item I did not order from your catalog, and wondered if you could send someone by my house to pick it up. It is a doorstop, sized 8.5 inches by 11 inches by 3.5 inches, weighs 13.6 pounds, and looks to be created entirely from your catalogs.
Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,
The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall.
Americans throw away nearly half their food, amounting to $165 billion wasted annually.
Since 2010, a landfill fire has been moving toward 8,700 tons of unlined illegally dumped radioactive waste in Bridgeton, Missouri. The site is in the middle of working-class neighborhoods, right next to the Saint Louis airport, and near a hospital, schools and a great number of businesses.
Did you know that the average person in he U.S. spends $242 a year on plastic water bottles? Or that two-thirds of these water bottles end up in landfills or in the ocean? Our addiction to plastic water bottles is on the rise and the impact on the environment and our wallets is shocking.
Flame retardants are found in everything from children's car seats to your everyday sofa. Now that flame retardants are on their way out, what are we going to do with the tons of products that contain them?
Peter Menzel's latest project, centering on what Americans across the country throw away and recycle, features eight American families surrounded by their weekly waste broken down into what is recycled and what goes to the landfill.
Ultimately, I believe in rules. Not rules for rules' sake. Not arbitrary or unnecessary rules, not punitive rules. It isn't as simple as needing to gi...