Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Did you know that plastic water and soda bottles (and its caps) floating in our oceans kill wildlife? If you do, what are you doing to help?
These red, fashionable, sporty-looking, recycled plastic bag shoes (pictured above) are designed by Israeli designer Galit Begas and brings awareness about plastic bag recycling. They will go on display as part of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalemâ€™s Thinking Hands show during Milan Design Week (2011).
While this is a very neat concept, I personally do not think they will hit shelves anytime soon. Here’s why:
Is it true that Apple users are more environmentally friendly? It seems everywhere I turn, there are companies producing environmentally friendly products for Apple products. Bioserie is a company that produces iPhone, iPad, and iPod cases out of a plant based bio-plastic called Ingeoâ„¢ and other annually renewable natural resources.
I introduce to you the Plastiki â€“ a boat made from 12,000 recycled 2-liter bottles reinforced with an experimental fabric called srPET (also made from recycled plastics). The Plastiki is 60 foot in length and weighs more than 9 tons.
Depending on wind speeds and other factors, the Plastiki can potentially travel 200 miles a day. On board are wind turbines and solar panels that generate electricity along with two stationary exercise bicycles.
Made from 100 metric tons of baled PET plastic bottles, this temple of coke bottles was erected in Rotterdam, Netherlands to raise awareness about the amounts of trash we put into our landfills. We generate so much trash on a daily basis that it wouldn’t be surprising if future generations mistakenly thought that we actually worshiped them!
I wrote a story on India shutting down plastic bag manufacturers in New Delhi yesterday. By ending the production of plastic bags, the India government hopes to end all plastic bag usage, instead citizens are encouraged to use reusable, cotton jute bags. Today, I stumbled upon a story claiming these cotton “eco-bags” to be not so friendly after all!
According to a government sponsored research done in 2008, Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags by Dr. Chris Edwards and Jonna Meyhoff Fry, cotton bags need to be used 131 times before it has the same environmental impact as its plastic counterpart!
If the plastic bags are reused as trash bags, the cotton bags must be used 173 times before being as â€œgreenâ€ as plastic bags. According to consumer research, the average use per cotton bag is only 51 times!
As it turns out, the production of cotton bags actually leaves a larger carbon footprint behind. That is, the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted, the gas responsible for global warming, in the production of cotton bag is much higher compared to plastic ones.
Paper bags, on the other hand, must only be reused 3 times to be more eco-friendly. Thicker eco-bags made of non-woven plastic need to be used 4 times. Of the plastic bags tested in the study, bags made from high-density polypropylene or HDPE is most eco-friendly in 1 time use situations.
article source: Mail Online