Tires Photo by Imthaz Ahamed - Example of Extended Producer Responsibility Product

What is that? Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility – EPR Tires are an example of products subject to extended producer responsibility in many industrialised countries. First formally outlined in an internal Swedish government report in 1990, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is meant to shift financial responsibility for end-of-life disposal to product manufacturers. The idea is to motivate them to improve their products and packaging design that can be reused and recycled. Brand owners must pay… Read More »

Polluted Water Popsicles

Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of Arts collaborated on the Polluted Water Popsicles project. First, water was taken from 100 different water sources in Taiwan. Then the water was turned into frozen and very toxic popsicles. The design students recreated them using transparent polyester resin, their aim to create awareness. About 90% of the trash found in the water was plastic. You can… Read More »

A sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) takes off from the ocean’s surface in Morro Bay, California. Mike Baird/Flickr, CC BY

The oceans are full of plastic, but why do seabirds eat it?

Mistaking plastic debris for food.

J.J. Harrison, Author provided Many seabird species, including the blue petrel (Halobaena caerulea), consume plastic at sea because algae on the plastic produce an odor that resembles their food sources Imagine that you are constantly eating, but slowly starving to death. Hundreds of species of marine mammals, fish, birds, and sea turtles face this risk every day when they mistake plastic debris for food. Plastic debris can be found in… Read More »

Circular Design Challenge: Solutions

How might we get products to people without generating plastic waste?

Update October 2017: Recently several product designs were selected as finalists – some were specific products and others looked at changing the system altogether. Stay tuned for an upcoming article featuring what we think are the top 5. ______ Only 14% is recycled, resulting in a loss of USD 80-120 billion per year to the global economy. Did you know that most plastic items are used only once before being… Read More »

Captain Charles Moore Ted Talk

Talking Trash

Captain Charles Moore

One of our greatest problems besides plastic and pollution is mass consumption. The person who discovered the Pacific Garbage Patch speaks at a Ted conference and his brief Ted Talk worth watching. August 20, 2016. Captain Moore was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Bolsa Chica Conservator of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication to the preservation of our coastal wetlands, his many years of tireless research… Read More »

Cleaning the Oceans, Pollution Solutions

A harsh truth and solutions in progress, the work of Boyan Slat and his partners.

A harsh truth is that human beings lack of care and respect for the earth through ocean dumping has created dis-ease for the fragile ecosystems that support all life on earth. Having been born into this problem, some young innovators are working towards solutions and they are in progress. The work of Boyan Slat, a Dutch inventor and entrepreneur and his partners is in focus here. Boyan Slat presented an… Read More »