Tag: environment

Recycling Technology

Plastic bottle caps and bread tags for wheelchairs 

I first heard of re-purposing plastics milk bottle caps and bread tags from a work colleague. What stood out for me was how a small change in one’s routine can have a huge social impact and change people’s lives by improving mobility for disabled people through donations of wheelchairs made from recycled bread tags and […]

Design Engineering Recycling Technology

Designing for recycling in manufacturing industries

The future environmental impact of materials used in manufacturing can be determined at the design stage of a product. Currently, around 80% of electronics are being sent to landfills1 and according to the United Nations, 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste are discarded every year2. Ideally, manufacturers should strive for producing products that require less […]

Green Recycling

5 reasons why people don’t recycle

People don’t recycle for various reasons. The following are some of the 5 reasons commonly cited: Inaccessibility of recycling facilities. This has been referred to most frequently as the reason why people don’t recycle. Geolocation services attempt to solve this problem by linking users to nearest recycling centres hence reducing their travel time and going through several searches […]

Green Recycling

10 reasons why you should recycle

You should consider recycling or continue to recycle for several reasons. Below are 10 reasons why you should recycle. Recycling: Saves energy. Less energy is used in manufacturing products from recycled materials than from raw materials. Lowers the costs of manufacturing goods. Lower product prices result from savings in energy that arise from recycling. Preserves natural resources […]