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
Closure of California's last nuclear power plant questioned
27 June

There are doubts over the planned closure of California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power station following the recent energy crisis. The station currently serves as the state's largest power supplier, accounting for over 9% of the state's energy needs. It has the capacity to serve a population of over 3 million residents.

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Biodegradable packaging could replace plastic food wrapping
27 June

Scientists have developed a new plant-based coating for food that could replace plastic. The biodegradable coating is environmentally sustainable, but also a public health solution thanks to its antibacterial properties. The product comes in the form of a solution that is sprayed directly onto foods, protecting them from disease-causing microbes and from damage during transportation.

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The BioBased concrete tiles cut carbon emissions and waste
27 June

BioBased tiles are a new sustainable building material being used to create sustainable facades for buildings. They replace traditional building materials and lower carbon emissions. Along with their sister product WasteBasedBricks from StoneCycling, BioBased tiles can be used to build structures that are stronger than traditional buildings, while significantly reducing waste.

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New travel book "Around the World in 80 Spiritual Places"
27 June

I frequently visit cemeteries, but was especially excited to be at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last month. This historic cemetery is an enormous greenspace, fronted by gothic arches and full of birds, prairie dogs, flowering trees and interesting monuments to people ranging from obscure to celebrities. I was drawn to a pyramid-shaped tomb with a huge gold sculpture of animals leaning on the grassy hill below it.

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Artwork brings attention to the urgency of climate change
27 June

Exculpatio by Nomad Studio and Global R&D Cemex is a silent demonstration and sculptural space that explores the lack of substantial action on climate change. Hosted in Venice and Switzerland, it's part of the exhibition called PERSONAL STRUCTURES curated by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale 2022. The project looks at speech surrounding sustainability through concrete as a creative counterpart.

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Undergraduate students develop glow-in-the-dark concrete
24 June

In efforts to find solutions to world power problems, students at the America University in Cairo have developed glow-in-the-dark concrete as part of their graduation project. The building material would help cut down on the power used for street lighting and road signage.

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Illinois encourages carp consumption to save native species
24 June

The state of Illinois has started a campaign to encourage more people to eat the invasive carp fish. This project is an effort to save local species that have been threatened since its introduction in the 1960s to remove algae from the Deep South sewage lagoons, and escape into the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.

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A home that incorporates recycled materials from the jobsite
24 June

Located in the coastal town of Alibaug, near Mumbai, the House of Concrete Experiments is a residential project. The home was built for a client who attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and showed a willingness to experiment with the designs presented by Lead Architect Samira Rathod.

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Big Ship's solutions for a flourishing Kenyan coastline
24 June

The densely-populated, low-income regions in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya often struggle to maintain a healthy living environment. Lack of waste-management facilities and extensive environmental degradation often exacerbate these problems. To alleviate poverty and prevent further harm to the environment, a group of conservation activists founded Big Ship in 2010.

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Solar-power EcoPod mobile device is a pop-up on air quality
24 June

Some days, you step outside and you know that the air quality is lower or higher than the day before. But until the EcoPod, you haven't been able to prove it. Now, you can monitor your air quality and get data about it. If knowledge is power, the EcoPod is the power to change the world. It’s time to get a whole lot smarter about air.

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Massive sunspot glares at the Earth
23 June

A huge sunspot has been seen within firing rage of the earth. It's reported to have grown double in size in just under 24 hours, and is as large as three times the size of the earth, according to experts. The size is sparking fears for some over the possibility of it sending flares, however, experts told US Today that there is no cause for alarm.

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Lime pilots electric scooter with comfort features and long-distance capabilities
23 June

Mobility company Lime has started testing an all-electric scooter with long-distance capabilities and a top speed of 20 mph, which it intends to introduce to its fleet soon. The company is known for its proactive approach to tackling climate issues with most of its vehicles running on electricity.

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Asahi Kasei AKXY2 concept car is electrifying the future
23 June

Asahi Kasei is celebrating its centennial by releasing a new concept car called AKXY2, an exploration of how values for sustainability, satisfaction and society influence future mobility. Asahi Kasei is a Japanese multinational company that works in multiple industries. The company's new concept car looks at how the need for sustainability paired with the needs of society and drivers shape how we drive in a society that is moving toward automation and electrification.

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The benefits of adaptive reusing old buildings into new
23 June

Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a phrase we’ve all become accustomed to hearing. Some products and materials are commonly recycled with little thought, such as beverage containers in states with a deposit law or plastic grocery bags returned to the receptacle at the supermarket. Metal, glass and cardboard are other examples. Now think bigger. Think urban. Think entire buildings being converted into a completely new space.

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High-rise of the future has a unique modular design
23 June

City center buildings of the future will need to take advantage of vertical space through smart and efficient design and technologies. The Regenerative Highrise concept does all of this and more.

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Refillable cleaning product works by just adding water
22 June

You might refill water bottles, keep a reusable straw handy and avoid plastic shopping bags, but what about those plastic bottles of cleaning fluid you buy and throw away all the time? Cleaning products are a huge contributor to the world's plastic pollution. Now, JAWS is helping fight that problem. This is the Just Add Water system and it just might change the way you clean.

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Take a look at Toronto's first net-zero community center
22 June

Toronto, Canada is a city with a diverse and inclusive population. Inasmuch, community centers are a central component of the urban landscape. With a focus on that with the environmental landscape, the North East Scarborough Community and Child Care Center aims to achieve net-zero carbon status.

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Using bamboo for reforestation and clean energy in Uganda
22 June

Each year, Uganda loses over 200,000 acres of forest to source wood for domestic cooking needs, such as firewood and charcoal. Unlike gas or electric stoves, biomass options are typically more affordable for the majority of the population. Yet, the use of firewood or charcoal poses health hazards and pollution risks to humans and the environment at large.

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How are native plants good for the environment?
22 June

There is balance in nature. From the decomposing materials to the roots of trees, the entire ecosystem speaks to each other in a perfect melody of support. This symbiotic relationship ensures all plants and animals receive what they need as they simultaneously give back to the environment. In essence, this is the reason native plants are so important.

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Unique office design in India wraps around a green space
22 June

In Raipur, India, a new project called the Courtyard Office by Sanjay Puri Architects is redefining commercial architecture. The linear office space wraps around a landscaped courtyard. The effect of this sustainable building is one of privacy and tranquility both inside and out.

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Europeans eat jellyfish as Mediterranean population spikes
21 June

Scientists are partnering with chefs around the world to encourage people to eat jellyfish. This follows an unprecedented explosion of the jellyfish population in the Mediterranean. The scientists are currently working with a team of Michelin-star chefs to put jellyfish pasta, salads, and soups on the menus.

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As summer begins experts warn of soaring temps in US
21 June

On Monday, uncomfortably high temperatures took over the Great Lakes region, signaling the official start of the summer solstice. This summer promises to be uncomfortable if the heat felt now is anything to go by. Soaring temperatures are predicted across the States, from the Great Lakes regions including the Mississippi River Valley to the plains and portions southeast among the first recipients.

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Bondi Beach famous historic surf club is getting a new look
21 June

People all over the world have heard of Australia's famous Bondi Beach, home to the oldest official surf lifesaving club. Soon, it's going to be completely transformed. The new design is going to honor the natural world while protecting this historic piece of Australia's coast.

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A suit uses human heat to support plastic-eating larvae
21 June

It’s futuristic, yet functional — a bit creepy and a whole lot innovative. The Inxect Suit addresses two key concerns of the future: food insecurity and the toxic effects of plastic waste. How? With mealworms and a special suit, of course.

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Flipflopi turns plastic waste into beautiful Kenyan boats
21 June

In recent years, coastal regions have been increasingly littered with waste washed up on the shores. This is a result of over-dependence on single-use items, especially those made of plastic, as well as inadequate waste-management systems. The Flipflopi Project seeks to address these challenges by empowering local communities to harness solutions that upcycle single-use plastic waste.

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New Chinese EV puts Tesla to shame with a 578-mile range
20 June

A new electric SUV from a Chinese auto company is challenging Tesla’s Model Y with its longer range. The manufacturer claims the new ES7 can go 578 miles on a charge. The Model Y has a range of only 330 miles.

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These upcycled bricks filter pollution from rainwater runoff
20 June

AquiPor Technologies paver bricks absorb runoff water and pollution from rainwater runoff. Started in 2015, the Spokane, Washington-based company creates technology solutions for climate challenges around the world.

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Video games are helping the fight for climate action
20 June

There are video games that teach about math and baking and even recycling. Now, video game developers are focusing on content that draws attention to climate change and environmental protection. The hope is to give hope.

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Clean the air in your home with green walls from Naava
20 June

You know those sort of cool-looking, futuristic air purifiers that you sit in your house somewhere and it sits there like something from Star Trek? Naava is not that. In fact, this is more of an old-fashioned air purifier. This air purifier uses plants to improve the air you breathe.

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Mass timber youth center awarded for its sustainable design
20 June

The Neutinamu Youth Center by Matteo Cainer Architecture received an Honorable Mention in the Yeonsu-gu Youth Center International Design Competition for its innovative and sustainable design.

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Mining company adopts electric trains that never need recharging
17 June

Hard rock mining company Fortescue Williams has adopted electric trains that can generate enough power to never need recharging. The company recently explained that four of its trains can generate enough electricity to power their operations through a regenerative braking system. The system relies on gravity, in which the trains generate sufficient power as they go downhill just to use it when climbing uphill.

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Seaweed additives in animal feed to curb livestock emissions
17 June

Recent studies have found that using seaweed to feed livestock could significantly reduce the amount of methane cows produce. One of the weeds that has been fronted for this purpose is the red seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis. The weed has been used to develop a cow feed additive known as Brominata.

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A superfood made from ancient Incan crops
17 June

The mysteries of the Incan empire are legendary. To this day, modern archaeologists marvel in wonder at 100-ton stones used to build their earthquake-proof structures. But one thing scientists figured out is what these ancient people once ate. And AWA Nutrition made it possible for you to eat it too.

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"Building sculpture" has air-cleaning ceramic material
17 June

Ilot Queyries is a cutting edge residential complex in Bordeaux, France, which features an innovative ceramic skin. Designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, Ilot Queyries is a "building sculpture." It is located to the east of the River Garonne, opposite France's largest cathedral.

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This is what sports tourism looks like in the future
17 June

Designed by Scott Brownrigg, this new sports tourism destination at Turtle Bay is located in southern Morocco. The plan includes agri-business spaces, community facilities and sustainable design. Above all, this is a spot for active people who love nature, athletics and adventure. All of these things are a way to enjoy the natural world. Doesn't it make sense that sustainable design is the best way to enjoy them?

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Yellowstone National Park closes after major flooding
16 June

Major flooding is never convenient, but Yellowstone has really been hit hard as it geared up for a summer season full of 150th birthday events. Instead of the anticipated celebration, floodwaters have destroyed bridges and roads, carried away houses, threaten the drinking water supplies of nearby cities and forced 10,000 visitors to evacuate the park. When will Yellowstone be back to normal? Probably never. The enormous floods may permanently alter the face of the park.

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Startup hunts down invasive lionfish to save the ecosystem
16 June

Inversa, a startup that processes lionfish into fish leather, was recognized on Wednesday during World Ocean Day as one of the innovative ocean protection entities. The brand was among the finalists for the Global Ocean Resilience Innovation Challenge, which recognizes solutions that cater to the marine ecosystem.

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Check out these incredible high-rise designs of the future
16 June

eVolo crowned winners of its 2022 Skyscraper Competition, and they are spectacular. Three winners and 20 honorable mentions were chosen by a jury. In total, 427 projects were submitted, imagining innovative ways to push vertical architecture to address the world's most pressing problems. Started back in 2006, this annual award recognizes visionary ideas through the use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations. It also hopes to challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

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This feng shui plant expert is making houseplants fun again
16 June

Environmentalists know that plants are the key to solving many of the catastrophic problems of the planet. Plants and trees have always had the ability to produce oxygen, filter the air and make the world healthier and happier for all life forms living on it. One entrepreneur and plantfluencer is bringing the fun to houseplants and making a big impact on green-based interior design.

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Beautiful plant-based Leukeather rivals exotic leather
16 June

Although exotic leather has been around for thousands of years, its production causes substantial harm to animals, humans and the environment. The leather industry produces a high carbon footprint and its chemical waste often pollutes freshwater systems. In light of these factors, Nuhayr Zein, an Egyptian architect based in the UAE, was inspired to create a plant-based leather alternative called Leukeather. It is currently the only vegetal leather on the market that is both 100% plant-based and naturally patterned.

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Is recycled wastewater the answer to Californias drought?
15 June

Right now, recycled water only fulfills about 3% of California’s needs. But with the drought going on and on, recycling sewer water into drinking water may be what saves the state. And already, Orange County has the world’s largest wastewater recycling plant.

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Artificial lighting at night affects plant seasons and human life
15 June

Research led by Iowa State University has established that artificial lighting at night (ALAN) affects natural seasons for urban plants and consequently impacts human life in the United States. The findings now underpin the impacts of urbanization on the natural world on both humans and plants.

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CURA offers complete plant care anywhere in your home
15 June

After several successful product launches, the Altifarm team proudly introduced its newest plant care system, CURA, to Kickstarter. It was quickly rewarded with 1,055 backers pledging over $188,000, surpassing the original $25,000 goal.

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Tree planting programs are actually greenwashing in disguise
15 June

Many of us have had the opportunity at some point to click a link on our phone or computer and offset our carbon footprint by planting a few trees. It’s so much easier than picking up litter, taking a shorter shower or planting trees ourselves. However, after Venmoing a few bucks, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see these trees. Often, they’re in a remote spot on the other side of the world. Or maybe they’re not there at all.

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Unique storage bin is over 90% wood-based renewable materials
15 June

Treston, a supplier of ergonomic industrial workstations and storage solutions, launched the industry's first wood-based bioplastic bins for industrial use. It's a way for industrial customers to make sustainable choices for storage and reduce their use of nonrenewable resources and carbon footprint.

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New technology in Beko dishwashers save energy and water
14 June

Dishwashers have basically functioned in the same way for the past 93 years. Since the invention of the modern dishwasher in 1929, the spinning arm inside has sprayed with the same circular performance. But recently, Beko released a new line of dishwashers that feature a contemporary look combined with new innovations to increase function and energy-efficiency.

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World of Volvo is a spectacular timber Henning Larsen design
14 June

Henning Larsen designed a timber structure called World of Volvo, a meeting place for Swedish brands Volvo Cars and Volvo Group in Gothenburg. The building features a Scandinavian style that draws from the landscape, environment and traditions.

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A condo project in Canada is sustainable and beautiful
14 June

Currently, a plot of land in Toronto, Ontario is a gas station and garage. But soon it will become Courcelette Condos, a gorgeous mid-rise development that's all about bicycles.

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Green building design was inspired by the Amazon rainforest
14 June

French-Brazilian Triptyque Architecture designed a tropical building in Paris, France, bringing the Amazon rainforest to France. The designers say the sustainable building, called Villa M, "aims to create a new pact between cities, nature and health."

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This nonprofit helps people in the meat alternative industry
14 June

Current meat and dairy production practices are resource consumptive and unsustainable. We’re teetering on the tipping point for what the planet can handle. The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a non-profit organization with an aim to support the production, integration and acceptance of alternative proteins.

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