A real case for upcycling instead of landfilling

As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, more waste is diverted from our landfills

As more companies look for ways to upcycle their unwanted materials, they divert waste from our landfills

I was perusing old emails and came across one that not only was interesting but inspiring.

I’ve written a number of articles about the growing trend of upcycling. It’s much more than simply recycling something. It’s taking what once was considered trash and turning it into something useful, giving it a second life

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TerraCycle now accepts and upcycles cigarette butts

After a long two years of planning and tweaking, TerraCycle, the recognized leader in upcycling items that previously were considered non-recyclable, is now accepting used cigarette butts for its latest Brigade.

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Upcycling the Plastic Gyres to create fuel

The Upcycle the Gyres Society wants to collect and convert ocean plastic into usable fuel

Over the past three years, I’ve written about the plastic debris or plastic gyres, in our world’s oceans.   The latest news is that the gyres are growing larger, making the need to find solutions to clean them up even more critical.

The Upcycle the Gyres Society is a new, not-for-profit that plans to upcycle floating ocean plastic debris into diesel, gasoline, and kerosene.

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Easy ways to recycle – Part 3

We covered all the “usual” methods of recycling in the first two parts of this series. But there are some broader strokes that will allow consumers to “upcycle” or repurpose items. These are somewhat newer options that may not be as well-known but are definitely pretty useful.

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Retailers partner with TerraCycle to honor Earth Day with unique recycling programs

As the recycling trend grows, the need by manufacturers for recycled materials has grown exponentially. Sadly, a large percentage of difficult to recycle material winds up in our nation’s landfills, often due to little infrastructure or incentive by waste management companies to accept it.

New Jersey-based TerraCycle specializes in collecting and upcycling what’s often considered non-recyclable packaging and products, then turning it into useful, affordable, eco-friendly products.

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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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