The Unforseen Plague – microplastics everywhere

Probably most people out there today have at least heard of microplastic by now. I would venture to guess that you almost certainly heard about it in the context of our oceans and the impacts it is having there. That’s a great start but unfortunately there is a lot more to the story, including some surprises, some cause for optimism, …

It’s Not Your Fault! The Best Way to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

This list may not be the one you’re expecting. Do an internet search using something like “top 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint”, and see what you get. Pages of articles with tidy ticklists to help you do your part. And it’s not just online articles. Entire books, such as “No Impact Man”, recount people’s efforts to live carbon-neutral, …

The most compelling evidence for climate change

Scientific consensus is not an easy thing to come by. If you’ve ever known a scientist you’ll know that they demand evidence for everything. Even then, some evidence is not enough. How was the data collected? Was the experiment randomized or blinded? Was the study published in a reputable peer-reviewed scientific journal? Even then, one study could be an anomaly. …

Climate Lag- Why the Youth Have the Most to Lose

On Friday, September 20, an estimated 4 million people took to the streets around the world to demand action on climate change. While this isn’t the first, nor is the largest, global protest, there remains something unique and striking about this action. While there isn’t any solid data to support the claim, it has been reported to contain the largest …

Recycling Faux Pas- a short list of the most common recycling errors

The truth is- we are terrible at recycling. Yes, the degree of which we mess it up varies from country to country but pretty much no one gets it right. Our recycling faux pas are not without cost. To the contrary, putting waste items in the wrong bin has caused the cost of recycling to soar to the point that …

Can Plastic Producers Regulate Themselves ?

How many times have you heard about a billionaire donating millions of dollars to a worthy cause only to be met with scurrility and suspicion? Normally when the Mark Zuckerbergs and Bill Gates of the world make a large (tax deductible) donation, they are lauded and showered in praise at dazzling ceremonies and press releases. However, as public sector financing …

Meet the Recycle Bots

The world is facing a recycling crisis. Ever since China set new standards on the acceptable level of contamination for recycled goods far out of reach of the current product stream, cities around the world are struggling to find a solution. As reported in this blog, huge piles of burning plastic have been turning up in developing nations which has …

What Are The Incentives To Using Green Energy Sources?

If you want to help the environment without breaking the bank, look no further! There are several ways to make your home greener without spending money you don’t have. Read this article for some quick and simple tips on how to go green at home, work, or while in the car! Try setting the air conditioning to run just one …

The Science Behind Swestep 3

Now for the closing chapter of this three-part series decoding the science behind Swestep’s Catalytic Pressureless Depolymerization process, or CPD. CPD, a process which can transform solid organic waste into sustainable diesel, can seem pretty complicated. If you’ve been following along, after today’s read you should understand what CPD is, how it works and why it is such an innovative …

The Science Behind Swestep 2

In part 1 of this series we broke down the first bit of jargon, catalytic, to help understand the science that is the basis of Swestep’s business, catalytic pressureless depolymerization or CPD. Today, in part 2 we’ll jump to the “D”. You’ll need to understand the “D” before you can understand why the “P” is worth being in the named. …