Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?


Recycling used to be a money maker but now it’s costing us, and growing our landfills… With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and … More Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?

Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit


When you drop a bottle in a blue bin, you’re joining the unruly transglobal trash trade. If you wanted to recycle a Coke bottle, the spring of 2011 was a great time to do it. That spring, every soda bottle you dropped into the translucent blue bag in your kitchen was worth about eight times … More Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit

Under China’s New Rules, U.S. Recycling Suffers


Some cities are closing recycling plants. Others are ending curbside pickup. For recycling to be sustainable, consumers must learn to sort their trash better. Ever since cities began offering curbside recycling programs, skeptics have joked about how it all ends up going to the same place as the garbage. In Franklin, N.H., that’s actually true. … More Under China’s New Rules, U.S. Recycling Suffers

23 Survival Skills that Our Great Grandparents Knew (That Most of Us Have Forgotten)


When you look at the technology boom of the last century, you could say that we’ve come a long way. We’ve eradicated diseases, made international travel and communication possible, and come up with all sorts of gadgets to make our lives “easier.” ​While all of this technology may seem like a good thing, it is … More 23 Survival Skills that Our Great Grandparents Knew (That Most of Us Have Forgotten)