The German city of Hanover is taking on the disposable coffee cup culture with a reusable cup scheme. Coffee drinkers can pick up a cup for a small fee, which they get back upon returning it.
Despite good recycling habits, Germans get through a quarter ton of packaging per person each year. A new law is supposed to boost industrial-scale recycling and reusable wrapping and containers.
African countries looking to invest in nuclear energy as a source of clean electricity should consider Europe's struggles with disposing of radioactive waste.
Makers of bamboo cups claim their products are reusable and ecologically friendly. German consumer group Stiftung Warentest tested 12 brands of bamboo-based containers and argues that it's best to avoid them.
The town's Green party mayor said that single-use items shouldn't be cheaper than recyclable ones. "In Tübingen, we address evil at its root," he said.
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