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    H&M is coming out with a new line of baby clothes that can be recycled in an unexpected way once they're worn out - composting.The 12-piece organic cotton collection for newborns (priced from $4.99 to $17.99) launches in May and includes tops, bottoms with adjustable waistbands and cuffs, jackets, hats and blankets.Abigail Kammerzell, H&M's US head of sustainability, said all items are 100% biodegradable, including the pigments used to print designs on the clothing. She said the pieces are also deliberately absent of buttons or any metal trim.This is to ensure that each piece can be composted when it's at its end of use, even by just putting them in an at-home compost pile.Kammerzell said the collection is certified by the environmental group Cradle to Cradle for using materials free of chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment and producing the items with 100% recycled water and renewable energy."This is the first of any of our clothing collections that is compostable," Kammerzell said.Given H&M's global scale, with over 4,000 stores worldwide, she said the company is in a...
    Sri Lanka has decided to send tons of toxic waste back to Britain Sri Lanka finalized on Monday the return of containers filled with toxic waste smuggled to Sri Lanka to Britain, officials said. Of the 3,000 tonnes of junk shipped from Britain to Sri Lanka between 2017 and 2019, the last 45 containers were loaded at the Colombo port on Monday, Customs Chairman Vijitha Ravipriya said. These exports, which were initially reported to be full of “used cushions, rugs and carpets”, actually contained biological waste from hospitals, according to customs officials who investigated these exports. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Ravi Priya said, “This is the 10th and last of 263 containers smuggled into the country. “There may be new attempts to import these toxic exports, but we will be vigilant and see to it that this does not happen again,” he added. About 21 first containers loaded with hospital waste, including human remains from the morgue, were returned to the UK in September 2020, according to customs. A local company imported waste...
    GENEVA -- The World Health Organization says overuse of gloves, "moon suits" and the use of billions of masks and vaccination syringes to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus have spurred a huge glut of health care waste worldwide.The U.N. health agency reported Tuesday that tens of thousands of tons of extra medical waste has strained waste management systems and is threatening both health and the environment, pointing to a "dire need" to improve those systems and get a response from both governments and people."Part of the message for the public is to become more of a conscious consumer," said Dr. Margaret Montgomery, technical officer of WHO's water, sanitation, hygiene and health unit. "In terms of the volume, it's enormous.""We find that people are wearing excessive PPE," Montgomery said, referring to personal protection equipment.The agency says most of the roughly 87,000 tons of such equipment - including what she called "moon suits" and gloves -- obtained from March 2020 to November 2021 to battle COVID-19 has ended up as waste. More than 8 billion doses of vaccine administered globally...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says overuse of gloves, “moon suits” and the use of billions of masks and vaccination syringes to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus have spurred a huge glut of health care waste worldwide. The U.N. health agency reported Tuesday that tens of thousands of tons of extra medical waste has strained waste management systems and is threatening both health and the environment, pointing to a “dire need” to improve those systems and get a response from both governments and people. “Part of the message for the public is to become more of a conscious consumer,” said Dr. Margaret Montgomery, technical officer of WHO’s water, sanitation, hygiene and health unit. “In terms of the volume, it’s enormous.” “We find that people are wearing excessive PPE,” Montgomery said, referring to personal protection equipment. The agency says most of the roughly 87,000 tons of such equipment – including what she called “moon suits” and gloves — obtained from March 2020 to November 2021 to battle COVID-19 has ended up as waste. More than 8...
    Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On December 11, a TikTok user named @dumpsterdivingfreegan uploaded a video showing a bounty of packaged and unopened food products that the account claimed came straight from a Whole Foods dumpster. “Dumpster diving at Whole Foods is nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” exclaimed the voiceover as the video panned to tables loaded with dozens of packages of meat, produce, dairy products, and even an entire frozen turkey, all allegedly pulled from the garbage. None of the food, the video claimed, had yet gone past its sell-by date.  So in the middle of the night I got lost in this girl’s tik tok who dumpster dives at Whole Foods. She finds so much perfectly good food that didn’t even expire yet. pic.twitter.com/h7nWIT7gjE — Muted. Argue with yourself. (@___inCANdescent) December 12, 2021 The post quickly went viral. @dumpsterdivingfreegan didn’t respond to requests for comment, and a Whole Foods spokesperson said the company couldn’t confirm the veracity of the video. “Food can be discarded...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A new study published in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds the battle against COVID-19 produced 8.4 million tons of plastic trash. From that, 57 million pounds of everyday personal protective equipment (PPE) ended up in the seas. Add to that more packaging material from online shopping as people stayed at home. READ MORE: 'We Want To Send A Very Clear Message To Thugs In Power;' Hundreds Rally In Miami In Support Of Planned Protests In Cuba“We think that that’s likely to be an entanglement hazard for fish, for sea turtles, probably for seabirds as well,” said George Leonard, chief scientist at the Ocean Conservancy organization. Volunteers cleaning canals in the Netherlands found a fish trapped in the finger of a latex glove. Researchers say Asia has generated about 46% of pandemic plastic waste, while 22% came from North and South America combined, and 24% from Europe. READ MORE: Shooting At Fort Lauderdale Motel Under InvestigationThe study found the most waste came from hospitals. “We’re using more than two billion masks a...
    TONS of unopened food and drink is being binned from British Airways flights. Caterers dump unused refreshments rather than use them on later flights. 3British Airways is dumping tons of unopened food and drink after flightsCredit: SUPPLIED Up to eight industrial bins are filled with perfectly edible provisions every day, a source says. Untouched snacks and drinks are taken from jets to Austrian contractor Do&Co’s HQ at Heathrow airport. Food waste from passenger meals should be binned under strict rules, with reusable items packaged for later flights. But one worker took pictures of what they called the “monstrous waste” of food. The whistleblower said: “It is appalling when some people are struggling for food that this can happen. "The waste is off the scale and really upsetting.” Most read in The US SunPAYDAY October ‘$1,800’ payment sent today as new $600 boosts also going out nowSHOCK CLAIM TV host John Walsh reveals where he believes Brian Laundrie is currently hidingMAN ALIVE Penis ring is first ever wearable "erection tracker" that detects disease riskBOTOX BAN Britney goes topless AGAIN &...
    London (CNN Business)About 2.5 billion metric tons of food is wasted around the world each year, roughly half of which is lost on farms including in Europe and the United States. That's having a huge impact on the climate. A report published Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund and UK grocery retailer Tesco (TSCDF) reveals that the amount of food lost is nearly double previous estimates by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, which last conducted an analysis of total waste from farm to fork in 2011.Food lost on farms amounts to 1.2 billion metric tons, with a further 931 million metric tons wasted by retailers and consumers. The remainder is lost during transport, storage, manufacturing and processing.The updated figures indicate that 40% of all food produced goes uneaten, according to the study, which attempts to quantify the amount of food wasted on farms for the first time in a decade. "We have known for years that food loss and waste is a huge problem that can be minimized, which in turn could reduce the impact of food systems on...
    In the first five months of the year, Bulgaria imported more than 163,000 tons of waste BGNES, Citing information from the Ministry of Environment and Water. Of these, 8676,462 tonnes of RDF waste are imported as alternative fuels. They are intended to be burned at three cement plants with complex permits – Devnia Cement AD in Devnia town, Holkim Bulgaria AD in Beli Isvor village, and Slotna Paneka cement AD in Slotna Paneka village. They complied with the requirement of the Waste Management Act that the dimensions should not exceed half of the total annual capacity of the installation specified in the complex permit. 149 085.476 tons of hazardous waste not imported from the green list. The total amount of hazardous waste imported during the period from January 1 to May 31 was 14,431,358 tonnes. These are waste batteries, lead paste, zinc powder, waste mineral oils, which are the raw materials for the big companies in the country. The Ministry of Environment and Water insists that waste disposal is prohibited in Bulgaria. Where are the wastes imported...
    LOS ANGELES — A massive homeless camp cleanup at Echo Park Lake has yielded 35 tons of trash, 723 pounds of biological waste, and thousands of hypodermic needles as the California city attempts to return the area to family use. Recently released Los Angeles Sanitation Department reports show the magnitude of the environmental hazard that the Echo Park tent city had created before city officials stepped in to remove approximately 200 homeless people in March. The collected biological waste included 544 pounds of urine and 180 pounds of feces. Also found were 30 pounds of drug paraphernalia (including hypodermic needles), 45 pounds of corrosive material, 125 pounds of ignitable objects, 80 pounds of paint, and 15 pounds of hazardous oil. SAN DIEGO PULLS MIGRANT TENT CITY PLAN AFTER BLOWBACK “The damage to the park was substantial,” said Riley Montgomery, a filmmaker who lives nearby and witnessed the continuous degradation of the area firsthand. “The grass is completely destroyed, and water quality needs to be modified. I saw people dumping buckets of bodily fluids into the lake.” The artificial lake created...
    ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment crews removed 35.7 tons of solid waste from Echo Park Lake since the park's closure on March 25, and a news report indicated that the park could reopen by the end of the month.According to LASAN documents, posted by the Los Angeles Times Thursday, cleanup crews removed 723.5 pounds of biological waste and 300 pounds of hazardous waste, which included ignitables, paint, sharp objects and drug paraphernalia.The project to cleanup and repair the park cost $600,000, according to a Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners report issued before the park's closure. The work includes: replacing playground surfacing restroom improvements upgrading restroom interior and exterior lighting fixtures to LED replacing five drinking fountains improving light poles in the area, including upgrading several solar lighting fixtures to LED improving and painting the exterior of the lake's boathouse improving the lake bridge, including with the replacement of handrails and planks refurbishing the park's turf improving the park's irrigation The park could reopen by the end of the month, a Los Angeles Department...
    ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment crews removed 35.7 tons of solid waste from Echo Park Lake since the park's closure on March 25, and a news report indicated that the park could reopen by the end of the month.According to LASAN documents, posted by the Los Angeles Times Thursday, cleanup crews removed 723.5 pounds of biological waste and 300 pounds of hazardous waste, which included ignitables, paint, sharp objects and drug paraphernalia.The project to cleanup and repair the park cost $600,000, according to a Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners report issued before the park's closure. The work includes: replacing playground surfacing restroom improvements upgrading restroom interior and exterior lighting fixtures to LED replacing five drinking fountains improving light poles in the area, including upgrading several solar lighting fixtures to LED improving and painting the exterior of the lake's boathouse improving the lake bridge, including with the replacement of handrails and planks refurbishing the park's turf improving the park's irrigation The park could reopen by the end of the month, a Los Angeles Department...
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