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Olympics 2020 Beds and Medals Made of Recycled Materials

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is one of the much-awaited events of this year. It is the time where athletes around the world will come together to showcase and compete for their skills with the aim of honour and camaraderie.

But this year of competition is quite different from the previous years. The Olympics organising committee came up with a brilliant idea of using recycled materials. This idea truly deserves an appreciation, knowing that they will able to help preserve the environment.

It is exciting to know what materials and how they were able to produce to achieve such an aim of using recycled materials.

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Well, one of the main topics on the news is the Olympics organising committee shared that the medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics will be made from recycled electronics. Most of the electronics contain copper, silver, and gold-which are essential in making medals for the Olympics. Last 2017, the Olympics organisers requested the Japanese residents to donate their old smartphones and other electronic devices to produce medals for this year’s Summer Olympics.

The Japanese residents were very supportive; the Olympics Organisers were able to collect 78,985 tons of donated electronics, and from that, they were able to bring out approximately 4,850 pounds of bronze, 7,716 pounds of silver, and 70 pounds of gold. Amazingly enough to provide medals for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Not just medals made from recycled materials will be used for this event. The bed frames for athletes will be made of recycled cardboard as well. Even if it is recycled, the Olympics Organisers assures that it’s durable where it will be able to support a weight of about 200kg. The mattress for the beds will be from polyethylene materials, which will be reuse for plastic products after the event. A perfect combination to achieve environmentally friendly materials.

The Olympics Organisers extended their effort to embrace environmentally friendly materials. The Olympic Torch is made from aluminium waste and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste.

Stable electricity must be required for this big event. Thus, the Power source will come from renewable sources to attain an eco-friendly goal.

570,000 hermit crabs die from plastic rubbish

Over half a million tiny hermit crabs have been trapped and killed by the massive amounts of plastic debris on two remote island chains in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The tragic mass mortality event has researchers fearing the worst on a global scale.

The discovery of 570,000 dead hermit crabs in the Indian Ocean’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Pacific Ocean’s Henderson Island is just the latest sign of the growing crisis of plastic waste polluting our oceans, posing a grave threat to wildlife.

hermit crab plastic Other heart wrenching casualties include scenes of straws stuck in the nostrils of turtles, sperm whales found with pounds of plastic garbage in their guts and now the latest to join the casualty because of the nonchalance exhibited by humans are hermit crabs, unable to get out of the plastic bottles once they find their way inside, hoping for a tasty treat.

Hermit crabs are not born with their own shells, searching for new shells each time they outgrow one. When one of them dies in a plastic container, it emits a smell to tell others that a shell is available, unknowingly luring more creatures to their untimely deaths, creating a “gruesome chain reaction.”

How Does This Affect Us?

The blow to hermit crabs could be the start of a nasty chain reaction impacting marine life.

Crabs play crucial roles in tropical ecosystems, aiding in forest growth and development through the soil. Reductions in crabs may significantly impact plant expansion, scientists said.

In addition to forming an important part of maritime food chains, the scavengers also help clean island beaches and tropical forests while breaking down organic matter, spreading nutrients by aerating and fertilizing the soil, and dispersing seeds.

Grow your own sponges to cut down on plastic waste

You’ve probably used a loofah sponge at some point your life, whether in the bath or for cleaning around the house but did you know it was made from a vegetable? A new campaign from the National Trust wants to promote home grow sponges to cut down on plastic waste.

At North Waste Waste household waste is an issue we campaign to reduce so we wanted to find out more about a potential solution that every home can implement.

Knightshayes Estate

Over 80 volunteers at the Knightshayes estate in Devon decided to grow loofah plants in order to supply the kitchen with zero-waste cleaning utensils. The first crop has been successful and now being used by staff using the sponges to wash their mugs and dishes. While some sponges come from the sea, loofahs are grown from the Luffa cylindrica, a vine in the cucumber family. The team currently grow 30 fruit which once harvested and cut into pieces can produce around 50 sponges which will be sold by the team in the onsite shop. These are, the National Trust has said, very easy to grow and suitable for any garden, and are “the same as growing courgettes”. loofah sponge

How to grow your own sponge:

  • Sow seeds in April or May in a warm spot. A windowsill or frost-free greenhouse is the preferred solution.
  • Transfer to a large pot under cover (in a greenhouse or similar) for growing on. Fruit won’t achieve ripeness outdoors.
  • Once the fruit has matured and withered, squeeze to loosen the skin and then peel skin off completely to reveal the fibrous inner ‘skeleton’.
  • Wash the peeled fruit well to remove the seeds and flesh from the ‘skeleton’ and hang to dry.
  • Halloween Waste – The Living Nightmare

    Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, spooky costumes, trick-or-treating with the kids and overeating on chocolate and sweets until you feel the size of a pumpkin. But there’s a dark undertone to Halloween which is the excessive amount of waste that we produce.

    This year the UK alone will bin over 8 million pumpkins after the Halloween, a quantity which is equivalent to the entire nation having pumpkin pie to eat. This number would be even larger however a campaign #PumpkinRescue has an annual goal to reduce this number.


    Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a way to talk about the edible food we throw away and easy steps we can take to make the most of it instead.

    It’s a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has some fun along the way.

    More information on how you can join the campaign can be found here:


    12,500 tons of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill each year perhaps this year consider creating your own costume. From metal juice lids to milk jugs, you’ll be surprised what recycled materials can be used to creative, classy Halloween costumes.

    If you simply don’t have the time to create a eco friendly costume consider donating them to your local charity shop so they can be used again next year.

    Check The Label

    Halloween props such as broomsticks and masks can become plastic waste however not all props are non recycable so check the label and potentially reduce your plastic waste. However DIY is far greener and more fun to create, using eco friendly felt to create bats or painting a wreath black to create a eerie masterpiece the possibilities are endless.

    If you’re a business looking for help with your summer event waste management, don’t hesitate to get in touch with North West Waste to learn more about what we do.

    Do Christmas jumpers contain plastic?

    12 million novelty jumpers are set to be bought this year, despite 65 million festive jumpers sitting forgotten at the backs of our wardrobes. With one in three under 35s purchasing a new Christmas jumper every year we look into what negative impact this has the environment around us.

    Christmas jumpers contain plastic

    According to a survey by Hubbub only 29% of shoppers know that most Christmas jumpers contain plastic.

    The common plastic fibre has been linked to the issue of ocean plastic pollution, as it sheds masses of microfibres when washed. A study by Plymouth University discovered acrylic was far more ecologically damaging than polyester.

    Hubbub project co-ordinator Sarah Divall said: “We don’t want to stop people dressing up and having a great time at Christmas, but there are so many ways to do this without buying new.

    “Fast fashion is a major threat to the natural world and Christmas jumpers are particularly problematic as so many contain plastic.

    “We’d urge people to swap, buy second-hand or re-wear and remember a jumper is for life, not just for Christmas.”

    The charity also warned that our Christmas dinners are putting the planet at risk because of the amount of food waste, and urged households to consider how much they need to buy and whether it will all get eaten.

    According to their research, across the UK an estimated 2 million turkeys and 74 million mince pies will be binned, costing British people money and harming the environment.

    How can you be more eco-friendly this Christmas?

    • Many of us already have a jumper languishing in our wardrobes so why waste money on another.
    • Swap with family or friends – an easy way to get a new christmas jumper from last year with minimal effort.
    • Add a temporary festive touch to an ordinary jumper you can wear all year round.
    • With so many jumpers only worn once, it’s easy to find an almost new jumper in a local charity shop.

    If you require a waste disposal plan, North West Waste Consultants can ensure that you’re following the suitable procedure and have the correct documentation for the disposal of your hazardous waste.



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