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Cambridge University involved in the UK’s largest water recycling system


An agreement has been signed between the world-renowned university and Cambridge Water to develop the UK’s largest water recycling system at its North West Cambridge Development...  Read More...


Campaign urges people to cherish – not chuck – their Halloween pumpkins

Pumpkins just picked

An an estimated 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins are sent to landfill each year, discarded after the Halloween festivities are over. Environmental charity Hubbub UK has stepped in, after running the first Pumpkin Rescue Festival in Oxford last year...  Read More...


Mushrooms grown on waste coffee grounds


The UK consumes more than 70 million cups of coffee each year, leaving around half a million tonnes of leftover waste. The Espresso Mushroom Company puts these to good use: each of its kits allows mushrooms to be grown from the grounds of 100 espressos...  Read More...


Get to know your shelf and use up leftovers, urges new food waste campaign

Food Waste Robot

The #ExpressYourShelf campaign is running throughout October - a partnership between Tesco, Love Food Hate Waste and London-based environmental charity Hubbub...  Read More...


Welsh blankets woven from yarn that would otherwise be wasted

Recycled Sari Blankets

Recycled wool blankets sold by online shop Decorator’s Notebook are woven in a small, traditional mill in North Wales from remnants of pure wool yarn. When there is not enough yarn left on the spool to weave a whole run of the mill’s premium range, the remnants are woven into this 'recycled' range...  Read More...


New Sustainable Development Goal aims to halve global food waste

Mouldy Strawberries

Among the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in New York in recent weeks is a pledge to halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer levels. It also involves a commitment to “reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses”...  Read More...


Sustainable clothing takes centre stage at Brighton Fashion Week

Recycled fashion at Brighton Fashion Week

A tonne of clothing donated by Cancer Research UK has arrived at Brighton Open Market for three days of free public events and workshops around clothing sustainability...  Read More...


5p plastic bag tax introduced

Carrier Bag washed up on a beach

Large shops in England will be required to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags from today. The change is overdue, but “half-baked” say some environmental campaigners...  Read More...


Wood-based ‘plastic’ bags developed

Paptic Carrier Bags

Finnish wood-based fibre company Paptic, which has raised more than 1 million Euros in seed funding, says the technology could replace carrier bags and packaging...  Read More...


Could craft save the world?

Hands Sewing while crafting

​Social change could be brought about through craft, the founder of the Craftivist Collective will suggest at a talk in London on Wednesday...  Read More...


Best thing since stale bread: diners eat slap-up feast from leftover loaves

Nancy Birtwhistle cooking with stale bread

​Foodies at a dinner party in London raved over the food they were eating at a pop-up diner, but were left eating their words when the chef revealed the main ingredient was stale bread...  Read More...


Plans submitted for UK’s largest nappy recycling facility

Piles of Nappies

Knowaste want to develop the UK’s largest nappy recycling facility in Hayes, west London...  Read More...


Drinks cans transformed into accessories at the Festival of Thrift

Recycled Aluminium Brooch

Getting creative with recycled drinks cans is just one of the crafty activities that people can turn their hand to at this year’s Festival of Thrift...  Read More...


Unwanted outdoor gear goes to young people in need

Children playing outdoors

Outdoor clothing and gear is being a new lease of life in a nationwide initiative with the tagline: “Born to be worn, not stitched to be ditched”...  Read More...


Grassroots street sales - Jumble Trails - prove a hit

Jumble Trail Items

Think of them as car boot sales with a modern twist. To create a Jumble Trail, communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses...  Read More...


Blogger turns to upcycling to save cash for a house deposit

Jenni Hill upcycling to save money

Jenni Hill, 25, is blogging about her self-imposed challenge to save £10,000 in one year in order to be able to move out of her parents’ house. She has turned to upcycling to help her on her way, visiting charity shops, being thrifty and finding creative ways to save cash...  Read More...


Campaign launched to build an elevated park using London's recycled railway sidings

Peckham Coal Line fundraising walk

The team behind the Peckham Coal Line have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign to try to collect £66,000 toward the plan...  Read More...


Out-grown school uniforms recycled to help struggling families

School Children in recycled uniform

A grassroots organisation in West Yorkshire is recycling out-grown school uniforms, providing struggling families with items for free...  Read More...


London burger bar made from upcycled shipping containers opens

Upcycled Shipping container burger van

Burger Bear is the latest example of entrepreneurs who are turning away from expensive retail rentals, opting for cost effective upcycled shipping containers to get their dream businesses off the ground...  Read More...


70k recycled bottles help form sculpture for Bristol Green Capital


A sculpture of two whales swimming in an ‘ocean’ of 70,000 recycled plastic bottles is being exhibited in Bristol. The sculpture contains a green message in each of its bottles...  Read More...


From drinks cans to sunscreen bottles: summer recycling tips

Summer festival recycling

Recycle for Wales has devised a list of tips for recycling things we are likely to find on our hands at this time of year...  Read More...


Argos launches new trade-in service for unwanted gadgets

Argos starts electronics trade-ins

Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country in the first ever UK immediate ‘quote and redemption’ scheme...  Read More...


Reclaimed timber transformed into garden planters

Recycled garden hangers

Reclaimed timber was used to create planters for gardens and windowsills in a workshop run by a Lambeth community group Father Nature at the weekend....  Read More...


Edinburgh tool library challenges notions of ownership

Chris Hellawell tool sharing in Edinburgh from a police box

A project in Edinburgh is enabling people to share tools on a ‘pay as you can afford basis’, enabling residents to borrow a drill, lawnmower or saw for a week at a time....  Read More...


Foodswapping spreads around the world

Food Swapping Event

A model for sharing homemade, homegrown and foraged food has spread all over the globe after beginning in the USA five years ago...  Read More...


Waste plastic is used to weave striking rugs

Recycled Plastic Woven Rug

Discarded plastic bottles, buckets and containers collected from the streets in India are being used to create new outdoor rugs...  Read More...


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