Video: How Nigeria is Dealing with its e-trash

With technology improving, there’s bound to be an increase in e-trash along the way. With developing countries like Nigeria being bombarded with old electronics, most of them have come up with solutions to deal with them. Ifeanyi Ochonogor founded E-Terra Technologies Limited, a company in Nigeria that sorts through electronic parts, pick out components to be properly thrown away or sold for profit, and help clean up for their communities.

Not only are they preventing from any hazardous chemicals from getting into their soil and natural resources, but they are demonstrating to their community of taking action against trash.

Article: Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

While there is trash on land to pick-up, there is trash in our water ways that needs the attention. Plastic bottle, cigarette buds, and even tires flow along the water ways and into the ocean. Well in Baltimore, John Kellett decided to take action and clean up their ports and water ways by creating a water wheel at the end of Jones Falls River. It is solar- and hydro-powered, which promotes cleaner energy for a cleaner cause. Not only did it collect thousands of pounds of trash from the water way, but the public supports it to the point where John Kellett was able to create a second wheel.

For more of this story, click on this link:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/mr-trash-wheels-professor-trash-wheels-baltimore-harbor-ocean-trash-pickup/

I also found a video from NBC News about the water wheel that I suggest you should check it out.

Article: Adidas creates swimwear range made from recycled ocean plastic as part of partnership with Parley for the Oceans

On July 14, 2016, I did a post about the upcoming problem of the amount of trash becoming greater than the population of fish with the current rate of disposed trash in the ocean. Cleaning up is one way, but what to do with it? Well recently, Adidas partnered up with Parley for Oceans to save marine life and clean water by creating swimwear range made from recycled ocean plastic, such as fishing nets.

This reminds me of a conversation that my dad and I had over the Christmas break while running at my grandma’s house in Colorado Springs.  We discussed using old t-shirts for building the backpacks.  My dad knows someone that has a business of taking someone’s old t-shirts and creating underwear for them (Kori Jock – La Vie en Orange). We can possibly do that with one of the designs of the Pick’n Run backpacks.

If you want to read on about the partnership between Adidas and Parley for Oceans, and their swimwear products, click on the link.

Time to Pimp up for Picking up Trash

There are invisible heroes, walking around the streets that you may not know about. They are the catadores. They go around cities, picking up trash off the streets and into their carroça, and then selling the trash at a very low price for a form of currency. Mundano, a graffiti artist and TED Fellow, created a project called “Pimp My Carroça” in order to promote the catadores through art and community.  He wants people to recognize these heroes in not only Brazil, but around the world. Click on this link to listen to the whole video about Mundano’s inspiration in forming this worldwide project.

His project is actually very similar to what Pick’n Run is trying to do.

Giving e-Trash a Second Chance

Isidore Electronics Recycling, a recycling company and social enterprise, believes in giving e-trash a second chance. They have been creating jobs for incarcerated people, while at the same time trying to reduce the amount of e-trash that is increasingly going to the landfill (15% of waste is electronics, but 75% of the toxics produced in the landfill are from electronics). Their mission is “to save the planet and give back to society at the same time”

For more information about this company and what they do, click this link.