Adidas continues to be a major cause of plastic pollution, but it deserves credit for acknowledging the extent of its responsibility and coming up with a strategy for ending plastic waste. And by investing in and scaling up sustainable technologies–like recycled plastic foam, or bio-based materials for shoes–Adidas will pave the way for other brands to access more sustainable materials as well. “As a big company, Adidas has been a big contributor to the problem,” reads a statement the brand put out today. “Which is why its actions need to be equally as big.” … [Read more...] about Inside Adidas’s ambitious plan to end plastic waste by 2030
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So one day last year he began collecting bits of discarded plastic and used them to make a backpack. Seeing a way to raise environmental awareness in fashion-conscious Nigeria, Emmanuel in November launched a line of bags, wallets and gift boxes made of 20% leather and around 80% plastic waste, called ECO. … [Read more...] about Nigerian artist turns plastic waste into fashion to raise awareness
Addressing the public over the last few weeks, city councillors have adopted the tone of officials trying to prepare bagless people at the checkout as if for war or ultimate survival – “We can do this,” said one – which taking the long view, probably isn’t far from the truth. New Yorkers don’t like to be inconvenienced, but if the bag ban does one thing, it may force us to pay attention and tremble at the inconveniences to come. … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
(CNN)For New Yorkers who rely on plastic bags when they do their shopping: Get ready to pay a little more than you expected. Businesses across the state are preparing for the plastic bag ban that goes into effect on Sunday. Here's why it's happening -- and what shoppers should expect. … [Read more...] about Here’s what you need to know about the New York plastic bag ban
Recycling is the symptom: The fundamental problem is neglect of the system In a larger sense, human-centered design proposes that the entire purpose of our products is to make people’s lives better and more enjoyable. Manufacturers may have these goals for their products, but that only addresses one small part of the system. The system includes everything: mining the core materials and transporting them. Manufacturing, advertising, delivery, packaging, servicing, and disposal. Companies are very concerned about cost and productivity of their workers. There is insufficient concern about the harm to people and to society. Indeed, manufacturers often say, “These are not our concern, these are up to our customers.” Nonsense, I say. … [Read more...] about Waste is an enormous problem. But recycling is the wrong solution