Solid waste management

Incinerators are dirtier than coal

Wed, 12/10/2022 - 12:40
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#India has a target of raising the non-fossil fuel based energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030. Policies & financial institutions that support #Waste To #Energy #incinerators need to remember that #plastic is #fossilfuels. Burning (plastic) waste as a source of energy not only slows down our #sustainableenergy aspirations, it actively worsens our emission target contributions. And of course, the plastic production will continue unabated, as now, it can all just be burnt. We lose on all fronts.

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Ladoo bhai and his tryst with fast fashion

Mon, 22/08/2022 - 11:22

Our love of fast fashion has far reaching consequences. Find out what happens to the clothes we throw away through the eyes of Laddoo. Laddoo will buy or barter for your castaway clothes, giving them a new lease of life. He is what stands between fast fashion and these excesses ending up in the landfill. And see why North Chennai is an integral part of the second hand clothes market. These neighbourhoods might seem miles away from what you are used to. So come today and take a closer look at those people who live and work here. Their lives make for sweet and spicy tales.

Plastic Free July 2022 - Global Plastics Treaty

Fri, 29/07/2022 - 10:06
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The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) announced in March 2022 that it is developing the legally binding Global Plastics Treaty. The Treaty will take a full lifecycle view  of plastic, from its production, to design and disposal. A historic and promising resolution!

#QuitsSachets #PlasticFreeJuly #SingleUsePlasticBan #PlasticBan

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Plastic Free July 2022 - Global action on plastic pollution

Wed, 27/07/2022 - 10:42
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If plastic was a country, it would be the 5th largest GHG emitter in the world. To tackle the environmental impact of plastics, we need global action. Plastic products, plastic waste and their source material (oil & gas) are traded globally. Hence an international legal framework to deal with plastic pollution is needed.

#QuitsSachets #PlasticFreeJuly #SingleUsePlasticBan #PlasticBan

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Plastic Free July 2022 - Extended Producer Responsibility

Mon, 25/07/2022 - 10:07

Fragmented plastic reduction policies are less likely to be effective. Linking Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) with the ban will create a more robust and holistic policy, resulting in greater engagement with plastic manufacturers and brands.

#QuitsSachets #PlasticFreeJuly #SingleUsePlasticBan #PlasticBan

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‘Castaway clothes and plastic’

Fri, 08/07/2022 - 15:04

A cycle and a loudspeaker accompany Ladoo as he makes his way around Chennai’s neighborhoods, gathering old clothes. He turns off his loudspeaker around certain homes. ‘They don’t like the noise’, he explains to me, as I stop him for a chat. Laddo has been in this business for twenty five years now. ‘In all this time, people have not changed’, he tells me philosophically. ‘Only my cycle and loudspeaker have’.

"பிளாஸ்டிக் சாமான், பழைய துணி வாங்குறது"

Fri, 08/07/2022 - 10:49

"பிளாஸ்டிக் சாமான், பழைய துணி வாங்குறது…."_ கணீர் கணீர் என்று சின்ன ஒலிபெருக்கியில் கேட்கிறது லட்டுவின் காரமான குரல், சிலர் வீட்டிற்கு அருகில் சென்றால் ஒலிபெருக்கியை ஆஃப் செய்துவிடுவார்; சத்தம் போட்டால் அவர்களுக்குப் பிடிக்காதாம். வடசென்னையின் வீதிகளில் இருபத்தைந்து ஆண்டுகளாக அவரும், அவரது சைக்கிளும், சுழன்று கொண்டிருக்கிறது. ‘மக்கள் அப்படியே தான் இருக்கிறார்கள். எனது சைக்கிள் மற்றும் ஒலிபெருக்கி மட்டும் தான் மாறியுள்ளது’ என்கிறார் லட்டு.