Our vision

We help build clean, circular societies

One container, neighbourhood, city and country at the time. Learn more about why we do what we do.

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No one is unaware of the challenges we face in correcting the earths climate. It needs to happen within our lifetime, or it may be irreversible. To us, our best chance of success lies in improving the way we live, and the way we act as consumers. We need to move away from-away consumerism, and learn to re-use wherever possible.

Thankfully, we as a society has already come a long way, and recycling is a growing trend across the world. A circular society is the only way to allow for a growing economy, while maintaining a sustainable way of life, and that is where we come in. as recycling continues to grow as a trend, the same inefficiencies we have had in waste management for the last 50 years still remain.

Did you know, that in Sweden, our home country, which have been recycling waste since long before most of us were born, an average recycling container is only half-full when it is emptied? And despite this, 25 % of all containers are overflowing, due to being emptied too late. It says itself that this is not going to work when our population not only grows, but recycle more and more. Smart Recycling’s vision is a clean, green society where we understand this material flow, where we help fulfil the potential of the circular economy.

Enabling you to contribute

You as a citizen play an important part in guiding the world into a more sustainable future. You do not have to work at a waste management company to help out, sometimes just getting the word out is enough.

What you can do
Casa Numa is built out of 50-year-old coconut palm wood
15 October

At a first glance, you might not believe that Casa Numa is entirely built out of coconut palm wood over 50 years old. The 160 square meters of living space is a beauty to behold both inside and out.

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5 standout brands from Vegan Fashion Week 2021
15 October

As more consumers prioritize sustainability, the days of fast fashion are numbered. This year’s Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles highlighted brands that are stepping up to meet the demand for ethical products by offering fashionable creations free of animal products.

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Hermit crab study shows microplastic's affect on marine life
15 October

A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science has found that microplastics affect the behavior of hermit crabs, a key part of the ocean ecosystem. The study, conducted by Queen's University, highlights how microplastics impact hermit crabs' growth and reproduction.

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Florida scientists are using a radar prototype in the Everglades
15 October

Florida scientists are working on a new way to identify greenhouse gas-emitting hot spots in the Everglades. The U.S. Department of Energy has just funded scientists from Florida Atlantic University.

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Artist 3D-prints biodegradable agar floral lamps
15 October

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, although most people would agree there is beauty in nature. Artist and textile designer Yi Hsuan Sung has taken that common view of natural beauty and used it to create a varied line of products for the home.

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Adidas 100% recycled jacket is solving plastic pollution
14 October

When Adidas releases a new jacket, it's hot fashion news. When that stylish jacket is made with ocean plastic, it's world-changing. The Terrex MyShelter PrimaLoft Hooded Jacket has classic Adidas styling and all the good looks you could want.

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Nearly 42,000 potential PFAS sources found in new study
14 October

There are nearly 42,000 potential sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States, according to a new study published in the American Water Works Association Water Science journal. Several studies conducted in recent years have shown that most parts of the U.S. are contaminated with PFAS.

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Drought drops Lake Tahoe's water level dangerously low
14 October

It’s been a bad year for Lake Tahoe. A usually busy summer season saw empty shorelines as people evacuated from the Caldor Fire. And now California’s drought has dropped the lake’s water level to a four-year low.

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Carrboro Hillside House looks like a giant black snake
14 October

The location is tucked into a protected forested area covered in trees with a creek nearby. It's an odd-shaped lot with a hillside and boulders, surrounded by nature.

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First fully solar-powered compost facility opens in California
14 October

California state law (SB 1383) takes effect January 1, 2022, requiring the majority of homes and businesses in the area to recycle all food and yard waste in their yard debris carts. In response to the increased demands of processing the compostable materials, Republic Services spent the past three years building the Otay Compost Facility and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in October.

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New resort area in Saudi Arabia breaks ground with Desert Rock
13 October

Saudi Arabia is about to see major development along the wadi vistas in the westernmost part of the country. The project being designed for The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) will be an expansive investment in driving tourism to the scenic and historic area.

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Biden plans for 700% increase in community solar by 2025
13 October

The Biden administration has announced a new ambitious target of powering 5 million American homes with community solar power by 2025. This would require the current capacity to grow by 700% in the next four years. Although the target may seem unrealistic, experts say it is achievable.

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How will Los Angeles' 2028 Olympics impact the environment?
13 October

Hosting the Olympics is a huge honor for cities. At the same time, it's an expensive burden. As Los Angeles plans for its summer 2028 games, many people say the event will be neither as sustainable or equitable as city leaders have promised.

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TikTok star Joanne Molinaro launches "The Korean Vegan" cookbook
13 October

Joanne Lee Molinaro is a trial lawyer, marathon runner and TikTok sensation as @thekoreanvegan. The Chicagoan took time out of her busy schedule to talk about her debut cookbook/memoir The Korean Vegan released on Tuesday, October 12.

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8 boxes that explore the effects of habitat destruction on birds
13 October

A Montreal-based firm, KANVA, developed a thought-provoking display for the Canada Pavilion at World Expo 2020 Dubai. Called TRACES, it’s an interactive and eye-opening look into the effects of climate change on wildlife. Rami Bebawi, a KANVA partner and lead architect of the TRACES project says, “The concept...

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This indoor garden grows microgreens in one week
12 October

It’s no surprise that growing your own food is the healthiest option for you and the planet. Garden fresh greens cut promptly before eating have the highest nutritional value.

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Black and White Beach House employs climate-ready architecture
12 October

With construction earning the unwanted title of a top-ranking dirty industry, architecture focused on energy efficiency, natural materials and durability even in the face of natural disasters is a win for the environment and the home or business owner.

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Crayfish interbreeding causing the extinction of native species
12 October

In a new study conducted by Illinois Natural History Survey, scientists discovered by chance that the virile crayfish species, faxonius virilis, are interbreeding with native crayfish in the Current River in Missouri, leading to disruptions in the ecosystem. The study, published in the Journal Aquatic Invasions, also mentioned the species are going through biological inversion that may lead to the extinction of native species.

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Red Sea oil tanker could cause eco-catastrophe any second now
12 October

The U.N., the government of Yemen and Houthi rebels have been in talks about how to handle the FSO Safer. Meanwhile, the enormous floating oil storage vessel remains abandoned in the Red Sea, threatening a massive oil leak.

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Furniture made from the sea plant eelgrass
12 October

Natural material selection for products can provide a low environmental impact and carbon emission concern. Architect and designer David Thulstrup incorporated this idea into his recent exhibit called the MOMENTUM collection.

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Netherlands' massive vault of sustainability and art
11 October

Located in Amersfoort, Netherlands, the CollectionCentre Netherlands (CC NL) designed by cepezed architects is a masterpiece of modern architectural design. From the impressive exterior design, to the functionality of the collection center, the CC NL is a true reflection of the future.

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Siempre Eco is the new wallet-friendly sustainability brand
11 October

One of the main barriers that individuals face when choosing to live more sustainably is the cost of environmentally-friendly products. Compared to disposable, single-use plastic products, items made from materials such as bamboo or organic cotton, are often more expensive as they factor in costs of materials, ethical labor, and production.

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Clark Street Composts sets example for Chicago and beyond
11 October

The natural world has a system for everything, including a natural waste cycle that turns dead plants and trees into food and soil for other living things. It’s called composting, and it’s a system as old as the planet itself.

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Climate lies banned from monetization on Google and YouTube
11 October

Google and YouTube content creators who post climate misinformation will no longer be able to monetize their content. In an announcement, Google said that all content that contradicts well-established scientific facts about climate change will no longer receive advertisement revenue.

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2021's Fat Bear Week results are finally out
11 October

The people have spoken, and the results are finally out. Following days of voting to determine the fattest bear in Alaska's Katmai National Park, officials at the park announced that 480 Otis 2021's fattest bear.

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Indigenous communities are crucial in protecting the Amazon
08 October

It is impossible to protect the Amazon rainforest without involving Indigenous communities, according to environmental activists fighting for the forests. To this end, many activists say that to maintain a healthy ecosystem, the Brazilian government must protect the country's Indigenous people.

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Mangrove forest found flourishing in fresh water ecosystem
08 October

The existence of a flourishing mangrove forest in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the closest ocean, is a phenomenon that has baffled many. After all, mangrove forests primarily exist and flourish in salty water.

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Ridepanda streamlines the hunt for the right e-ride
08 October

With a widespread discussion about reducing pollution from vehicle emissions, a company called Ridepanda has biked into the conversation with the first online e-dealership, which peddles e-mobility options.

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Best vegan Halloween cocktails for any pumpkin bash
08 October

It’s that haunted time of year again. Whether you’re hosting a boo-tiful event (see what we did there?) or are simply looking to challenge yourself in the mixology realm, don’t be spooked by coming up with ghoulish drinks to serve.

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Mini greenhouse grows endless possibilities
08 October

Have you ever wanted your own greenhouse? Maybe you've thought about growing an exotic plant like a delicate bonsai or a breathtaking orchid.

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Eco-friendly housing redefines Tanzanian urban architecture
07 October

The Teachers Housing for the International School of Tanganyika is a contemporary residential project by Architectural Pioneering Consultants (APC) that incorporates site-specific solutions to adapt to the vibrant tropical surroundings.

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Earth has lost 14% of its coral reefs in less than a decade
07 October

A new report released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network found that up to 14% of the world's coral reefs have been depleted due to climate change between the years 2009 and 2018. In the period under review, mass coral bleaching events were experienced due to warming waters.

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A private car ban could be coming to Berlin
07 October

A citizen-led initiative to ban private car use in central Berlin is gathering momentum. If the campaign succeeds, the region would be the world's largest car-free zone.

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1903 New York house gets an eco-friendly makeover
07 October

Although originally built in 1903, the home at 45-12 11th Street in Queens, New York now stands as an example of modern sustainable housing. Known as the Climate Change Row House, its renovation was completed in 2014 by owner and architect Thomas Paino.

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One-of-a-kind San Francisco building is a first in California
07 October

In a space that used to be a gravel, 1 De Haro designed by architecture Perks&Will is the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in San Francisco and the first multistory, fully mass timber building in California. And if you don't already know why that matters, you will soon.

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World Green Building Council fights for zero carbon
06 October

The World Green Building Council's mission is to mitigate the high environmental impact caused by the building and construction industry. It is comprised of around 70 Green Building Councils from around the globe.

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Michigan plans to build the first EV charging road in U.S.
06 October

Last month, State Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state of Michigan has announced an ambitious plan to build the country's first wireless electric vehicle charging road. It will help the state meet its net-zero target by 2050, according to Whitmer.

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UK farmers are culling healthy pigs amid labor shortage
06 October

Pig farmers in Britain have started culling their healthy pigs due to a lack of workers. Pig slaughterhouses lack workers, who are instrumental in ensuring a continuous process of production.

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El Perdido honors its environment and the local culture
06 October

Estudio ALA recently completed a small development in Baja California Sur with an overarching goal of reintroducing local culture into the architecture, building process and visitor experience.

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Go glamping in Canada at this mirror cabin
06 October

The newest project by Québec-based Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects aims to peacefully immerse visitors into nature, while making a minimal architectural footprint. Reflection consists of two cabins, each with room for up to six persons in the main living area with fireplace, two enclosed bedrooms, a bathroom and an outdoor spa.

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Goat Organic Apparel supports human rights and sustainability
05 October

Traditional apparel production often comes at a cost to the environment, as well as risk to the people making the products. Goat Organic Apparel has set out to change that with clothing that makes a bold statement in favor of human rights and ethical manufacturing.

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Research finds people want Apple and Samsung to go green
05 October

Smartphones have become an essential part of most people’s daily functions. Such a massive industry has the potential to have an extensive environmental impact, from production, to the waste cycle. Smartphone manufacturers are showing signs of accountability through efforts to incorporate recycled materials into product design and work towards carbon neutrality.

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Huntington Beach oil spill destroys wildlife habitat
05 October

A wildlife habitat has been destroyed after 127,000 gallons of oil spilled along the Huntington Beach coast in Orange County, California. Officials are working round the clock to clean up the shores.

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Top 20 greenest schools in America 2021
05 October

Sierra Club is America’s largest grassroots environmental organization with a membership around 3.5 million. It’s mission is to encourage people to enjoy the many benefits of the outdoors, while lobbying for wildlife protection, clean energy, health and safety and environmental preservation.

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Largest nature reserve in Jordan threatened by copper mining
05 October

Dana Biosphere Reserve is the largest and most ecologically diverse protected region in Jordan. However, a Jordanian government plan to explore copper mining within the reserve may threaten that beauty.

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Clean solar light right in your pocket
04 October

Namene Solar are the makers behind Occa, a portable solar light and headlamp, striving to put a clean source of light in everyone's hands. That's why when you buy one of these lamps, the company will donate one of them to families who live off the grid and have to rely on kerosene lamps.

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Climate protests are coming to the White House, and you can join
04 October

The Build Back Fossil Free coalition will descend on Washington D.C. in protests this October. Planned for Oct. 11-15, the protests aim to push the Biden administration to take action against the climate crisis.

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Conservationists continue fighting despite Line 3's completion
04 October

On Thursday last week, Enbridge, the Canadian oil company in charge of the Line 3 project, announced that work on the pipeline was complete. The pipeline is expected to start ferrying oil across Minnesota this Monday.

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Save bats from becoming extinct
04 October

Thanks to the horror movies, books and rabid headlines, bats are not only a victim of natural dangers, but also of human misunderstanding and fear.

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Los Angeles apparel headquarters has an eco-conscious design
04 October

The apparel industry has long been in the spotlight for its negative impacts to the environment. In addition to the toxic chemicals, water consumption and synthetic materials that go into fashion pieces, the footprint of the retail apparel stores and offices are also in the crosshairs.

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