CategoryWaste To Value

Wasteminz – Govt. Action Needed to Avert Waste Crises

The New Zealand recycling sector is in crises. Today the Rebooting Recycling discussion paper calls on Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage to take urgent action to find solutions and create a circular economy in Aotearoa. The paper outlines a range of both short and long-term actions the Government should consider. Why do we have a recycling crisis? The market for recycled materials has...

The biological circular economy

In New Zealand the circular economy concept is starting to take root and build momentum. The circular economy approach views all materials as a potential resource, reducing waste to landfill and cycling inputs back into the productive economy. The practice rejects the “take-make-waste” thinking found in the linear economy in favour of cycling biological (bio-cycle) and technical materials back...

Recycling in New Zealand: not so green, not so clean

Well it’s official. The United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and a heap of other countries have left New Zealand in the dust. They are proving themselves cleaner, greener and 100 percent more pure than we might ever be, if we don’t get our act together soon. When it comes to recycling and reducing waste, we are in danger of becoming a global embarrassment hanging with the bottom of the pack...

Evolution and revolution – how textiles have remade our world time and again (and why we need them to do it again)

Ancient Greeks worshipped Athena the goddess of wisdom, craft, and war, she was the protector of ships and of weaving (the sail cloths that propelled the ships). According to Elizabeth Barber, professor emerita of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, textile production is older than pottery and perhaps even older even than agriculture and stockbreeding. Textiles are...

China doesn’t want our plastic waste. That’s okay – Comspec does.

The third in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ.  Being a successful recycler isn’t a matter of technology, and it has nothing to do...

Going Faster and Further – The Challenge Upon Us

There can be no doubt that tackling climate change is one of humanity’s most pressing issues. It’s no longer a matter of if and when climate change occurs, but of its impact. The effects of a changing climate are already with us. Our task is to both mitigate the effects of a climate changed and to work globally and across all sectors to prevent carbon emissions from further damaging our climate...

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