Green White City

Did you know that the highest tree in the Serbian capital is growing on Zeleni venac? It is not Sequoia sempervirens, Eucalyptus regnans or Picea sitchensis but Stattwerk Biotop – an artificial light installation of a German design company. Inspired by the metamorphosis of nature “Stattwerk” has symbolically planted “seed” …

‘Public Deluded About Amount They Need to Own and How Much They Waste’

The majority of people are deluded about the amount of possessions they need and the amount of waste they produce. That’s according to relocation firm Movinga, which surveyed 18,000 households across 20 countries to compare individuals’ perceptions of their own environmental impacts. It concluded people are unable to perceive their …

IKEA Will Take Back Your Old Furniture, Resell It and Give You the Money

In some ways there is nothing new about buying second-hand furniture – antique stores have done it for centuries. And yet the idea that a leading modern furniture shop – IKEA in Sydney, to be precise – will re-sell old furniture seems radical. This demonstrates how much work still needs …

Toronto Pay-What-You-Can Store Aims to Tackle Landfills and Hunger

In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything in this grocery store is pay-what-you-can. The new store aims …

Greenpeace Finds Microplastics and Hazardous Chemicals in Remote Antarctic Waters

Another day, another sign of the reach of the global ocean plastics crisis. A Greenpeace expedition to Antarctica turned up microplastics in more than half of ocean water samples taken in the world’s southernmost waters. It also found chemicals dangerous to wildlife in a majority of snow samples, Greenpeace reported …

How the UK Fell out of Love with Wet Wipes

On the eighth-floor isolation ward of London’s University College Hospital, nurses have two lines of defence against the spread of life-threatening diseases. First are the airtight double lobbies in every room. Second – and, arguably, more importantly – are the disinfectant wipes they rely on to prevent the spread of …

U.S. Asks China to ‘Immediately Halt’ Ban on Foreign Waste

Last year, China—the world’s largest importer of waste—announced it no longer wanted to take in other countries’ trash so it could focus on its own pollution problems. This unexpected policy shift, which took effect Jan. 1, has left exporters in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Germany and other European countries scrambling …