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Trash Revived Into Products

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

The old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” goes a long way today as reusing, reducing and recycling is slowly becoming the norm. Even mainstream products are touting Eco-friendly practices to appeal to the rapidly growing green movement thanks in part to upcoming generations with a conscience.

CNBC reported on some notable studies that showed the ‘writing on the wall,’ stating,

“A 2017 study in the Journal of Mechanical Design revealed that people were more willing to buy green if a product highlighted sustainable features, which appealed to consumers' environmental consciousness. A 2015 Nielsen report found 45 percent of global respondents were willing to pay more for an environmentally friendly product, and 41 percent were willing to pay more for environmentally friendly packaging.”

Now, as products and technology advance, there are a variety of companies taking trash into new directions.

Car Batteries

It used to be that car batteries were so full of toxic waste that getting rid of them amounted to special processes by certified organizations. Now, according to NAPA Auto Parts, all of the materials in a car battery are 100% recyclable including the plastics, the lead, and the acid. Take your used battery to a local gas station or auto parts store for recycling.

Trex Decks

Decks aka pallets are a huge business as almost every company that requires loading in supplies or moving material throughout a warehouse use piles of these to get the job done. Conventional decks are made from wood which is a resource that cannot be wasted anymore on these and many other uses.

Trex decks are a brand that has been able to mold recyclable material into pallets from a long list of 400 million pounds of landfill waste. These decks are made from:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Case overwrap
  • Sawdust
  • Plastic film
  • Grocery, bread, cereal, dry cleaning and salt bags

Kitchen Tools

When it comes to your kitchen and dining needs, bone China and toxic disposable plastics are no longer acceptable. Now there are many home product choices made from recycled and sustainable materials with kitchen tools being most prominent.

The company Preserve is proud to label each one of its products ‘recycled #5’ which alerts consumers of a 95% recyclable rating. These products are made in the USA, BPA and melamine free, created with B corp standings, and recycled through the “Gimme 5” program (special collection bins that only take recycled #5 products).

Look for the #5 under products before you buy them to make sure you are getting the best Eco-friendly product available.

Raincoats

The plastic used to produce raincoats is so toxic, if you just smell a new one the VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) can make you nauseous.

Columbia, a company known for its outdoor clothing products, offers an ‘Ex Eco Shell’ raincoat line made up of 100% recycled materials. Each coat is described as using “plastic from at least 21 discarded water bottles” and only coming in the color white as no dyes are used saving over 13 gallons of water per garment.

Value Added Surplus

Go beyond exterior products and you may soon find ‘value added surplus’ in food ingredients. This is a label coined by Jonathan Deutsch, a professor of culinary arts at Drexel University. It refers to discarded food ‘recycled’ back into packaged, edible food.

According to Professor Deutsch,

“Rather than composting or donating scraps for pig feed or secretly carting it off to a landfill, [manufacturers are] going to own the fact that they’re keeping this nutrition in the food system,”

To remedy the 62 million tons of food wasted annually in America alone (amounting to about $210 million in financial waste) and the ironic, one in seven Americans being ‘food insecure,’ you may see more products containing value added surplus.

Companies already in the market as reported by Smithsonian  include:

MisFit Juicery - Based out of Washington, DC, these are, “cold-pressed juices made from aesthetically flawed product and the scraps of fruits and veggies that come from cutting baby carrots or watermelon squares.”

Toast Ale - A British based brewery making beer from, “unsold loaves from bakeries and scraps from companies that make ready-to-eat sandwiches.”

Rubies in the Rubble - “a company that produces jams and chutneys from surplus fruits and vegetables. She [owner Jenny Costa] sells banana ketchup, spiced pear chutney, piccalilli (an Indian-inspired British pickle relish) and more, all made from produce that would have otherwise been discarded for being under or over-ripe, funny-looking, or simply in oversupply.”

 

Trash revived into products is a massive, behind the scenes industry that is taking the helm in changing the disposable society we have become so accustomed to. Support these companies and products by choosing them over non-transparent, big-box choices that will eventually be detrimental to your planet.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Defining Green, Green Living, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, CONSERVES WATER, kitchen and dining, RECYCLED-UPCYCLED, SUSTAINABLE, USA MADE

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