Plant-based water bottle helps fight deforestation and plastic pollution

Treeson Water Bottle PrototypeThere are a lot of water bottling companies out there, and a lot of so-called “green” water and water bottles. I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical when I hear about yet another one. But I did a bit of checking and there’s one that’s caught my eye and imagination.

There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for Treeson water that’s piqued my interest.

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Top green columns of 2010 (Part 1)

Now that 2011 has begun, I thought it would be useful to highlight some of the most memorable columns as a way to say goodbye to the old and ring in the new.

This is the first of a two-part homage to my top picks of 2010, with a few update

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Electrolux Vacs from the Sea – vacuums made from reclaimed ocean garbage

Plastic trash that's washed up on beaches off the coast of Baja, California

There’s a lot of garbage in our oceans.

The majority of it’s plastic. Marine life like sharks, dolphins, whales, fish, even birds mistake it for food and try to eat it, often suffering starvation because they can’t digest it.

Almost all our oceans contain plastic “gyres” – accumulated plastic trash that’s been swept out to sea or been dumped and carried by currents into a swirling maelstrom. Gyres exist in the northern Pacific Ocean (the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) said to be larger than the state of Texas), the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Electrolux Vacs from the Sea collection are made with reclaimed ocean plastics

Swedish-based Electrolux – international manufacturer of quality appliances including their well-known vacuum cleaners – has taken on the issue, launching a global initiative to work with organizations to begin recovering plastic from the ocean.

For more on this story, see http://bit.ly/deRYeM. And to learn more information on Electrolux’s campaign to recover plastic from the sea, go to http://bit.ly/9G4wfL.

Pacific Garbage Patch may be converted into diesel

Over the past year, pictures of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch have made global news. Discussions of what to do about this country-sized plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre.led to a study to chart it and to Electrolux’s forthcoming limited edition Vac from the Sea. Still, the larger issue of how best to remedy or eliminate the steadily growing garbage “dump” remained.

Now a partnership between Covanta Energy and Project Kaisei – a collaboration brokered by the Clinton Global Initiative – could result in the discarded garbage being processed into diesel fuel. Both Covanta and Project Kaisei  are members of CGI’s Rethinking Waste subgroup, which works on creative solutions to waste management.

This exciting venture is still in the planning stages due to both technological and financial issues. Though an actual expedition is likely years away,the possibility that there is a viable solution to this shameful marine wasteland is both hopeful and enticing. Producing fuel from the Vortex is definitely a story to keep an eye on.

Electrolux to recycle from the Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is filled with plastics Electrolux plans to recycle

 

Vacumn giant Electrolux has announced plans to collect and recycle plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The company says project Vac from the Sea makes sense since there’s not enough  recycled plastic on land to fill consumer demand, so they plan to use the scooped-up plastic and recycle it into appliances like their vacuum cleaners.This first-of-its kind venture is both visionary and fraught with challenges

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