“ You can’t change the past but you can change the future, always remember to recycle. Recycling Is The Key to A Clean And Safe Environment”
New Year’s Resolutions
Many people make resolutions in hopes of improving their lives in the new year. Join a gym, eat less, save money, read more, etc. Hopefully many of you added “recycle more” as one of your resolutions.
New for 2017: Reduce Poverty: Recycle!
What is the environmental scourge of our times? The plastic bag. It litters the landscape. It hangs in trees. Fills ditches. Clogs waterways. Kills millions of marine birds and mammals. We produce – and dump – 500 billion plastic bags a year. What to do?
Warm Heart’s two programs, Environment and Microenterprise, are teaming up to work on a new project together.
Nazli and Mehmet, two dedicated volunteers from Turkey, are leading the exciting new project that will help bring sustainable income to poor men and women, utilizing discarded plastic bags and turning them into usable, beautiful products.
They have created a simple process that turns the plastic bags into a strong, flexible, waterproof material that can be used to create a wide variety of products.
The plan includes workshops to teach people how to convert the plastic bags, and provide many designs for products they can make and sell.
It is a low tech solution that benefits everyone. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!
How recycling impacts Global Warming
Every year, the world generates 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage. Over the past 100 years, the amount of waste that humans produced has increased by over 10,000% Recycling conserves energy, reduces air and water pollution, reduces greenhouse gases, and conserves natural resources.
Where does it all go?
Dump sites and landfills…..
Because of the way landfills are so densely packed, much of the degradation that occurs is anaerobically, or without air. Anaerobic processes create a tremendous about of methane gas, which is a major contributor to global warming.
Into our oceans…..
What can we do?
More effort must be made at recycling to reduce the amount of garbage accumulating in our landfills and oceans. In Canada Innovative Reduction Strategies, Inc has designed a system called The Ulysses, which reduces waste volume by 75%, produces a clean inert char with a litany of applications, is capable of producing thermal and electrical energy, and will produce valuable carbon offsets through landfill diversion and carbon sequestration. Waste management of the future.
In addition to reducing our waste through better recycling programs, we need to focus on cleaning up the debris that has already accumulated. The Seabin, designed by two Australian surfers who were tired of all the debris in the water, has great promise to help clean up our polluted oceans. Watch the short video to see how it works.