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5 Genius Examples of Recycling!



Ocean Skateboard

In the UK we produce over 100 million tonnes of waste every year – that’s enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall in only two hours. ‘Circular economy’ is a phrase more and more popular with each passing year – a term used to describe companies such as PPS whom work with companies to eliminate waste and pollution, by design or intention as part of their reusable packaging.

And with more and more companies shining the light on recycling and re-useable energy, here’s a look at some of the most inventive and creative examples of recycling:

Bullets into Pens

Bullets into pens
Around 1964 one of the bloodiest conflicts in history began in South America, initially caused by an attack on the Marquetalia Republic by the Colombian Military. Following the attack, on July 20th 1964, the guerrillas from Marquetalia met with other communities, organised, and unified in what they called the First Guerrilla Conference, leading to a half century long fight with the Colombian Government. In 2016, after 52 years of armed conflict, the Columbian Government signed a peace treaty with the rebel group FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) to end a bloody battle that took the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced over 5 million.

The treaty was signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the guerrillas, Timoleón Jiménez, on Monday 26 September 201, with a pen made from a single bullet, to signify that peace is stronger than violence.

Ocean Waste into Skateboards

Ocean Waste into Skateboards
Started in 2012 by three friends; Ben R. Kneppers, David M. Stover and Kevin J. Ahearn. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, the team raised a sizeable $64,000 dollars to start their business. Bureo Skateboards make boards out of recycled fishing nets and actively gives back 1% of their profits to the ‘Save the Waves’ campaign. Bureo was initially formed to find solutions for the growing issue of ocean plastic pollution, inspire future generations and initiate social change. In line with this mission, Bureo founded ‘Net Positiva’, a fishnet collection and recycling program aimed at combating the harmful impact of discarded fishing nets. A serious threat to marine mammals and ecosystems, discarded fishing nets make up an estimated 10% of the ocean’s plastic pollution. Fishnets are a challenging material for fishermen to manage and properly dispose of. In response, Net Positiva supports environmentally sound disposal points, from which Bureo is able to source highly recyclable and durable raw material. The company also have an apparel line made from recycled, organic and GMO free materials. To date, the company have helped recycle 124,000 square feet of ocean net whilst that number continues to grow.

Oil Cans into Electric Guitars

Bohemian Guitars
Sustainable art is a cause we can all get behind. Founded by Adam & Shaun Lee from Johannesburg, South Africa, Bohemian Guitars are a unique instrument maker whose guitars are designed to stand out from the crowd whilst saving the world. The company has a line of hand built guitars called the Vintage Series, with guitars hand crafted by luthiers out of upcycled gas canisters and oil tins. All the materials used in their vintage series are recycled from other materials, and even contain wood from unused guitars to keep the production 100% sustainable. Even better, for every guitar they sell, they’ll plant 10 trees to keep their company green. The company recently started an initiative called Far Out Fridays in which, for every guitar sold on a Friday, they’ll donate another one to a partner organisation or charity.

T-Shirts into Car Parts

T-shirts into Car Parts
2015 saw Nissan release their zero emission, 100% electric Nissan Leaf. The car promises to source 25% of its build from recyclable materials such as clothes, metal and scrapped household appliances. Nissan also assure consumers that unused materials from the production process are recycled again during the process to assure the build is as green and sustainable as possible. For those worrying about quality due to the aforementioned materials, Nissan has promised buyers that its recycled materials are held to the same standard as the rest of its resources. The company also looks to increase the percentage of recycled materials used in its future models.

Big Productions into Small Productions

It is estimated that 95% of the materials used in the film industry end up in a landfill. Considering the industry is worth over $286 billion dollars, that’s a lot of wasted material. Scenery Salvage are a company based in Buckinghamshire that collect materials from big scale film sets and recycle them. If the materials aren’t recycled right away, they’re either stored to be hired out again and used for new productions, or sold onto smaller film and theatre groups. This cuts the cost for both big and small films companies, and also reduces the impact on our planet. Previous clients have included BBC, ITV, and T4.


Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness



Connect With Nature

Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.

How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature

Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.

While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.

When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness.  Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.

4 Practical Ways to Disconnect

If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:

1. Switch to a New Phone Plan

It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.

One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Social Media

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).

If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.

3. Create Quiet Hours

If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.

4. Build Community

Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.

As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.

Untether Your Life

If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.

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6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move



Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.

6 Tips for a Greener Move

Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.

1. Maximize Each Trip

When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.

If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.

2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep

The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.

3. Reuse Moving Boxes

Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.

4. Get Creative With Packing

Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.

5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies

Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.

6. Forward Your Mail ASAP

Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.

Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful

Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.

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