Waste Management

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Urban Metabolism and Re-Nuble

In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities as if they were organisms, which exchange […]

August 31st

Green Business Idea: Composting Food Scraps & Yard Waste

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to organic waste such as food scraps and yard trimmings, at least if you are an enterprising composter. Taking a reliable waste stream, such as food waste from restaurants, grocery stores, and homes, and turning it into […]

February 2nd

Tackling the Global E-Waste Problem (Infographic)

Originally published on CustomMade. Last year, the world produced nearly 54 million tons of electrical and electronic products, but only a fraction of it was reused, refurbished, or recycled. With a relatively short lifecycle, e-waste now litters dumpsites all over the world, exposing humans and the environment to toxic materials. Some eco-conscious offices use industrial […]

January 16th

From Food Scraps to Fuel: Fueling a Fleet with CNG Made from Waste

There’s no denying that some renewable energy technologies are more visually appealing than others, especially the highly visible ones that look decidedly more ‘space-age’, such as solar power and wind power, but it’s going to take a variety of approaches, including not-so-sexy technologies such as converting waste to energy, to create a true clean energy […]

December 8th

Green Roofs Can Help Reduce Stormwater Runoff by 30%

Green roofs, which incorporate living plants and soil into a building’s environment by using the roof of a structure as a growing space, is a great example of a sustainable building element that can efficiently serve more than one function in the environment, and can have benefits far beyond its own small footprint. By cooling […]

June 10th

Cleaning Water With Music CDs

Researchers in Taiwan have come up with an interesting way to make use of the incredible quantities of compact discs which are thrown away every year — use them to break down sewage and clean wastewater. The research team behind the new idea will be presenting their wastewater treatment device (which utilizes CDs) at the […]

September 30th