Reduce, reuse - and recycle.
The last of the "three Rs," recycling gives fresh value to the natural resources that are tapped to produce products for consumption. Recycling can benefit the environment by reducing waste - and it's also big business.
People buy pictures of communist leaders and postcards from Nazi Germany. Berlin's flea markets are a recycling center for German history, says columnist Gero Schliess.
Emeka Nelson used to be a trash collector, but has been attracting attention with an invention that can make the most of non-degradable waste such as plastics and polythene.
Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.
Leipzig-based start-up Binee is working on an intelligent system to collect and e-waste and give it a new lease of life, or failing that, to ensure it goes to a reliable recycling company.
Fabrics spun from milk protein are hypoallergenic, compostable, and even – in an emergency – edible. Because they are made using only waste milk, they’re also sustainable. Move over polyester.
Waste disposal is one of the major challenges in large African cities. But in one Nairobi slum, some guardian angels have come up with a solution that gets rid of the trash – and provides hot food for locals, at the same time.
What about recycling our own bodies? These days, ever more people seem interested in reconnecting with the Earth - after death. And there are a whole host of environmentally friendly ways to inter your mortal remains.
Germany's reputation as a world leader in recycling is seriously under threat, according to green organizations. The Environment Ministry is seeking to abolish quotas for reusable bottles.
When most people look at waste, they see just that: Trash to be tossed away. This week's guest writer Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, however, sees an opportunity for the economy and the environment.
After eight years without a job, Queen Elizabeth Mpashe started her own waste business in South Africa. Now crowned the recycling queen, she reprocesses everything from paper to metals.
A lot of consumers in many parts of the world are unhappy about the way smartphones are produced. The want them to last longer and thus lessen their environmental footprint, a new Greenpeace study has shown.
We produce huge amounts of electronic waste each year. But repair cafes sprouting up around the world are trying to convince consumers to fix rather than dump products. We visit one cafe in the German capital, Berlin.
An engineering student from Denmark is working to turn plastic waste into bricks that will serve as a means of dealing with a growing waste problem, and also facilitate the construction of better homes in rural India.
The flip-flop is Africa's favorite shoe. But old pairs are discarded in their millions, littering land and sea. Now a company in Nairobi is recycling them - and educating consumers about sustainability.
Africa is expected to generate over 160 million tons of waste by 2025. The good news is that most of it can be recycled and reused to create new products – bringing benefits for the environment and creating jobs.
Jan Körbes has converted an old grain storage facility into a house. It has just 13 square meters of living space but has a bathroom and kitchen.
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