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ASDA and Marks & Spencer lead assault on packaging waste crisis - but will it work?

Aimee Steen

9th November, 2010

As UK supermarkets scramble to reduce packaging in the face of growing legislation and consumer demand, Aimee Steen talks exclusively to those tackling the problem at high street stores and asks what role customers have to play more...

Poverty forces Roma people to scavenge toxic e-waste

Carolyn Lebel and Jemima Roberts

12th October, 2010

Persecuted Roma communities in France are being forced to scavenge for dangerous e-waste, potentially threatening health and questioning the country's recycling policies more...

Revealed: scandal of Roma people forced to scavenge toxic e-waste

Carolyn Lebel

12th October, 2010

In the wake of President Sarkozy's crackdown on the Roma people, an Ecologist investigation uncovers how poverty and discrimination are forcing persecuted communities to scratch a living recycling France's growing mountain of e-waste - potentially threatening health and raising questions over the effectiveness of waste policies

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Peterborough Renewable Energy Park (artist's impression)

UK can achieve 'zero waste' without incineration

Tom Levitt

5th October, 2010

Current 'dump it or burn it' mindset can only be resolved by moving away from incineration and landfill and aiming for a zero waste policy, say campaigners more...
Urine

Urine: the ultimate 'organic' fertiliser?

Dorienne Robinson

22nd September, 2010

Your bladder's loss could be your vegetable garden's gain, since urine makes for a surprisingly good fertiliser - so why are we wasting our wee? more...
China e-waste map

Low-cost e-waste recycling in China releasing catalogue of pollutants

Ecologist

3rd September, 2010

The world's growing waste mountain of mobile phones, computers and other electronic goods is being illegally recycled in unregulated and primitive conditions in China and causing significant toxic pollution more...

Reusing bike parts to power water pumps, corn crushers and more

Mira Olson

15th July, 2010

A tiny workshop in rural Guatemala is pioneering cheap, eco-friendly, pedal-powered machines made from discarded bicycle parts more...
A gas gauge in a meadow in FreshKills park

Can a landfill site ever return to nature?

Nick Kimbrell

6th July, 2010

One of the biggest landfill sites in the US is in the process of becoming a nature reserve and a recreation ground. Is this just papering over the cracks, or can our rubbish heaps really turn into something beautiful? more...
Tupperware

Storing food safely in plastic containers

Catherine Zandonella

24th June, 2010

There are certain rules of thumb when it comes to storing, freezing and heating food in plastic containers. Read on to find out how to use plastics safely more...
Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard: 'computers are great, but do they have to have neurotoxins in them?'

Laura Sevier

15th June, 2010

The waste warrior behind the You Tube hit and now book 'The Story of Stuff', on banning children's advertising, making manufacturers responsible for waste and shifting our values more...
Recycling logo in the sky

Greening my office: an award for recycling is a nonsense

Sylvia Sunshine

9th June, 2010

Sylvia is riled when her distinctly un-environmentally-friendly office receives a recycling award from a dubious source... more...
Findhorn's Living Machine

The Living Machine: an ecological approach to poo

Tafline Laylin

8th June, 2010

By mimicking the purifying behaviour of wetland ecosystems we can deal with our sewage using one quarter of the energy, and a fraction of the smell... more...

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Seasonal recycling

Councils to reward recycling rather than tax waste

Ecologist

8th June, 2010

UK Government decides to scrap plans for a tax on bins, saying it would have 'fuelled fly-tipping', and says reward schemes will be more effective more...
Hay Festival

Greening the Hay Festival

Laura Sevier

20th May, 2010

Next week, the Hay Festival in Wales kicks off with its usual big name line-up of writers. Andy Fryers, organiser of the festival's special 'Greenprint' initiative, talks about expanding green events and shrinking footprints more...
Peterborough Renewable Energy Park (artist's impression)

The new green face of incineration technology

Mark Jansen

18th May, 2010

Incineration is a dirty word amongst environmentalists, its reputation earned through the use of outdated technology. Could new techniques help bring green approval to energy-from-waste facilities? more...
Albatross

Beyond plastic bags: stopping plastic pollution at source

David Hawkins

22nd April, 2010

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a new campaign calling for an outright ban on single-use plastic products. Will you support them? more...
Sound Impact

Charlie Chaplin eco spoof wins Ecologist film award

Ecologist

1st April, 2010

Short-film was made as part of UK-wide student environmental awards that saw more than 80 universities showcasing ways to reduce their environmental impact more...
Polluted waterway

Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

Many of the substances that make wastewater a pollutant can also be useful as fertilisers for agriculture and in generating gases for small power stations, says report more...
T-shirt3

DIY couture: turning a T-shirt into a classic tunic dress

Rosie Martin

23rd March, 2010

If the mere idea of making your own clothes sends you running in panic to the high street, why not start with this really simple guide to re-fashioning a T-shirt as a dress more...
Recycling logo

Recycling best for everything except garden waste

Ecologist

17th March, 2010

Government urged to improve recycling facilities after review of waste options finds it has the smallest environmental footprint more...
Broken energy saving lightbulb

'Just throw it out' - Council advice on toxic lightbulbs

Ian Randall

9th March, 2010

An Ecologist investigation reveals that three quarters of London Boroughs are advising their residents to simply throw compact fluorescent lightbulbs in their general waste, despite the hazard posed by their mercury content more...
Broken energy saving lightbulb

Councils' 'just throw it out' advice on toxic lightbulbs

Ecologist

10th March, 2010

Ecologist investigation reveals three-quarters of London councils giving out wrong advice on the safe disposal of mercury-containing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) more...
Agate

Shipbreaking: clampdown in Asia will send it to Africa

Ecologist

2nd March, 2010

Following our exclusive investigation, Ingvild Jenssen from the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking explains how tougher regulations simply relocated the shipbreaking industry, and how the public can help stop the trade more...
Agate

UK sending ships to deadly scrapyards in Bangladesh

Ecologist

24th February, 2010

Workers are dying in conditions described as 'hell on earth' yet the west's shipping industry continues sending ships to the country for disposal more...
Ship being demolished

How we poison Bangladesh with toxic ship carcasses

Andrew Hickman

23rd February, 2010

Workers are dying in Bangladesh’s shipyards because the west's shipping industry - including UK companies - is not taking responsibility for the disposal of ageing vessels more...

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