upcycling

E-waste piles up in China

(Shanzhai Archeology - Research Database/Flickr)

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While e-waste constitutes a small portion of the waste that is ultimately found in landfills, it is responsible for the majority of hazardous waste.
gown made out of children's books

This is a gown that fashion designer Ryan Jude Novelline made out of children's books in a demonstration of sustainable fashion's potential on the runway. However, the same concept of sustainable, fashionable clothing can also be found in your local thrift stores. (Wikimedia)

The George Washington University
Sustainable fashion isn't just about organically grown cotton and hand-me-downs, but also the avoidance of "fast fashion" or supporting sweatshops. A sustainable shoe designer offers his insight into the industry.

In January, Berkeley, Calif., passed a 25-cent tax on disposable cups. (Miriam Gordon)

George Washington University
Recycling is not the answer — not anymore. Here's how a circular economy can both reduce waste and lessen the climate crisis — and why we need to change our mindset now.
Dumpsters

Three large Dumpsters sit outside of University of Mississippi residence hall. (Bryce Johnson/University of Mississippi)

University of Mississippi
Many campuses across America are striving to achieve zero waste during move out.
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Maryland-based organization Bikes for the World diverts thousands of bicycles annually from the U.S. waste stream. 
Boutique owner designs clothing with sustainable materials.
Boutique owner designs clothing with sustainable materials.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Oakland resident Trinity Cross has turned her love of designing clothes into her own boutique, Field Day and Friends. The boutique sells Cross' own collection of women’s clothing made of reused and sustainable fabrics.
The George Washington University
Around the globe, green leaders, students, professors, workers in government, and everyday citizens alike united for a one-day conference to develop and evolve inventive solutions to pressing environmental issues.