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Recycling helps clean up Haiti, create new income

In this April 21, 2014 photo, a worker unloads plastic bottles at Sustainable Recycling Solutions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The metropolitan region has grown noticeably cleaner since at least four recycling companies began operating in recent years. AP

Haiti’s central government collects only about 40 percent of the capital’s garbage, leaving the rest to pile up in streets and gutters in impoverished neighborhoods, adding to the nation’s misery.

Posted: April 29th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lagos gets on its bike with recycling ‘loyalty’ scheme

Nigeria's biggest city Lagos is home to some 20 million people and produces a staggering 10,000 tonnes of waste every day, a lot of which piles up on the busy streets or floats in open sewers. Currently, an estimated 40 percent of the megacity's waste is collected and taken to massive rubbish dumps, where scavengers pick through it for scrap and salvage to sell. But a new scheme is hoping to change people's attitude towards rubbish -- and their immediate environment -- by providing a material incentive to recycle plastic bottles, bags and tin cans.  AFP

Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos is home to some 20 million people and produces a staggering 10,000 tons of waste every day, a lot of which piles up on the busy streets or floats in open sewers.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Christmas tree of bottles sparkles in Lithuania

Goda Valukonyte poses by the bottle Christmas tree in Agariniu village, Lazdijai district, some 176 kilometers (110 miles) from Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Lithuanian policeman Dalius Valukonis says he spent three years and hundreds of hours of his free time to create the tree using bottles he got from local restaurants, bars, family and friends. AP

Here’s a recycling project just for the holidays: A 4-meter (13.2-feet) tall Christmas tree made of 1,100 empty bottles of champagne and sparkling water.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Reuse gift wrappers, trimmings

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Now that your Christmas presents have been unwrapped, don’t just throw away the wrappers and trimmings.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Berlin sex shop rides wave of responsible consumerism

Organic lubricants, silicon vibrators and whips recycled from old bike tyres – a Berlin sex shop has taken a growing trend for clear-conscience consumerism to its most intimate extreme.

Posted: April 18th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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