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We have often heard the objection: "Shouldn't one care for graver issues than waste?" The decision of why natchoo deliberately focusses on the wasteproblem is explained in detail in "the concept" and "at a glance". Everybody can be concerned with waste: waste can be experienced with all senses and can therefore not be declared untrue. Above all it can sensitize the awareness to less perceivable environmental problems.
And what ist more: the problem is often underestimated. Because outside of our affluent societies the world still looks different. Maybe the following contributions can convince some skeptics of the explosiveness of the waste topic.

Addicted to plastic

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 19:38

Moviemaker Ian Connacher's team made research in twelve countries on five continents for over three years. The price for the multifacetted use of plasic is mountains of garbage and toxic areas all around the world. How can we curtail this abundant pollution? Are there sustainable solutions for handling or avoiding plastic? Interviews with scientists and experts show ways into a hopeful future - hopeful for earth as well as for plastic.    
> Addicted to plastic
   

About dealing with resources

Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:38

Less pollution, less climate damage and last but not least less waste: a more efficient use of the global resources is long overdue. Information and contributions regarding an ever-growing, important topic.  
> Environmental resource management
> The UNEP program of resource efficiency
> Sustainable production and consumption policy of the EC
> What does it mean to be a sustainable consumer?
> The Living Planet Report
   

Avoiding and reducing waste at X-Mas and New Year's Eve

Monday, 19 December 2011 10:40

How can we avoid waste at X-Mas? Avoid plastic bags when buying presents. Complex packaging and decoration produce piles of rubbish. One should't use foils and coated wrapping paper - prefer recycling wrapping paper or even newspaper. You can also reduce waste and plastic in your christmas tree decoration: stars made of straw, untreated wooden figurines, pastry, fir cones and nutshells are quite popular. Experts advise not to use chemical colour or snow sprays. And on New Year's Eve? No firework! Here you can find more inspiration:
> More fun with less waste (website in German)
> My Zero Waste
> Christmas without plastic (website in German)
   

Pharmaceutical discharges contaminate rivers and harm fish

Sunday, 09 October 2011 18:12

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and France do not have regulations limiting the concentration of pharmaceuticals released into the aquatic environment. Discharges from pharmaceutical factories contaminate rivers on three continents:
> Drug waste harms fish
> Pharmaceutical discharges contaminate rivers

   

News from the waste scandal in Naples

Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:12

Waste collection has been a problem in Naples for years, because of political foot-dragging and a mafia-run system of illegal industrial dumping in Italy's impoverished south:
> Naples: the stink of greed (with fotos)
> Waste scandal in Naples: is the mess being cleaned up now? (article in German)

   

Planned obsolescence: the secret mechanism of our consumer society

Monday, 25 April 2011 20:18

Planned obsolescence: the technical term that describes the planned reduction of a product's lifetime. It is the industry standing behind this idea in order to avoid market saturation. Examples and information regarding the secret mechanism of our consumer society:
> Definition: Planned obsolescence
> Cosima Dannoritzer's documentary on Youtube

   

Food for the waste bin?

Monday, 28 February 2011 16:49

Up to 50 percent of the globally produced food end up as waste - even before the food ever reaches the consumer. A scandal with catastrophic consequences for the global food situation and the world climate. Food has become an industrialized bulk good, the discounters outbid each other with variety and underbid each other with the price. But we can all do something in order to stop the exuberant throw-away mentality.
> Everything for the trash can? (Website in German)
> Love Food Hate Waste

   

And the winner is...

Monday, 24 January 2011 13:52

natchoo has applied for the SucessForFuture Award and you can help us to win: visit the homepage SuccessForFuture Award and click on "gefällt mir" (I like)  - the more people vote for us, the more likely it is that natchoo will win the award. Every click counts!

   

Internet-petition for more eco-friendly packages

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

For eco-friendly products, especially wrappings! The pollution of the Mediterranean cannot be undone but in order to prevent the sea from becoming a soup of plastic crumbs you have to fight the source of it: The Internet-Petition "1 MILLION SIGNATURES to save the Mediterranean" wants to change regulations throughout the EU. Sign and spread the word!
> The Mediterranean plastic soup (Website in German)
> 1 MILLION SIGNATURES to save the Mediterranean
> Programme and expedition to save the Mediterranean (PDF)

   

The Dominican Republic is drowning in waste

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:00

The dirtiest country in the Caribbean? The big cities of the Dominican Republic are overflowing with waste, they lack in the necessary disposal systems, germs boom:
> Thousands of tons of waste in streets and public places (webpage in German)
> Missing disposal system causes problems all over (webpage in German)
> Waste, sewage problems and poverty in the Dominican Republic

   

The European Week for Waste Reduction

Monday, 22 November 2010 15:43

From Portugal to Estonia, from Ireland to Malta - for one week the whole of Europe participates in reducing waste. For the purposes of the European Week for Waste Reduction project which aims to address as wide an audience as possible the wider term “waste reduction” is used synonymously with the term “waste prevention”.
> Official website of the EWWR

   

Trash City Naples

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:43

The Italian region of Campania has been experiencing a garbage crisis for almost 14 years. The waste crisis again and again leaves piles of garbage rotting on the streets around the southern city of Naples. The involvement of local organized crime, which has long controlled the region's lucrative waste-disposal business, has complicated government efforts to find a solution. But Campania needs an effective management system that addresses the collection, treatment, and disposal of waste.
> A threat to the environment and to human health
> The Mafia's waste business
> Political pressure to finally clean up the trash

   

Garbage carpet in the river Yangtse (China)

Monday, 16 August 2010 19:47

Nearly three tonnes of refuse are collected from the dam every day, but operators are struggling with inadequate manpower and equipment. In several nearby cities, household garbage is dumped directly into the river. The garbage is so thick in parts of the river that people can walk on the surface, reports said.
> Rubbish threatens Three Gorges dam
> Fotos of a waste phenomena (website in German)

   

The Plastiki: shipping against plastic waste

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:16

The Plastiki, a catamaran built of 12.500 plastic bottles and run by the electricity of solar cells, wind turbines and bike generators, has accomplished it's adventurous mission. After 4 months on the Pacific Ocean the Plastiki has arrived in Sidney, Australia, and reached what the crew wanted to reach: public attention for the oceanic waste problem.
> Homepage of the project
> The biggest message in a bottle (website in German)
> On the wave against plastic garbage (website in German)

   

Garbage on Sylt

Wednesday, 02 June 2010 00:00

Two tons of garbage are washed up daily on the island of Sylt. The Baltic resorts at the Bay of Lübeck are spending about 1 Mio. Euros per year for cleaning their beaches:
> Two tons of garbage per day: waste contamination on the island of Sylt (article only available in German)
   

Waste problems in the North Sea

Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:43

In the North Sea alone you can find approximately 600.000 cubic meters of garbage on and in the ocean bed. Most of the waste is coming from ships and fishery, but one part is also reaching the oceans via rivers and tourism. More than two thirds of the litter consists of plastic.
> Environmental Agency Germany (UBA): 600.000 cubic meters of garbage in the North Sea (article only available in German)
   

One third of the marine debris consists of cigarettes

Sunday, 04 April 2010 21:46

Cigarettes represent over one third of all marine debris, according to studies of the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup. Together with plastic remains they constitute half of all flotsam, not only in the Pacific Rim:
> The ocean: not only illegal waste dump but also ash tray

   

Project Kaisei: research in the plastic vortex

Friday, 12 March 2010 21:46

Established to increase the understanding and the scale of marine debris, Project Kaisei is also analysing its impact on our ocean environment, and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up:
> Marine debris research in the North Pacific Gyre

   

Cairo's waste problems

Monday, 22 February 2010 13:00

Approximately 50 000 waste collectors are living in about seven Cairo neighbourhoods. Despite the filth, the health risks and low-tech methods, the zabaleen recycle 85 percent of the trash they collect. They represent a model of recycling no foreign waste company was able to replace or improve yet:
> Notes from the other side of the throwaway society

   

Food waste in the throwaway society

Saturday, 13 February 2010 00:00

Food abundance, obesity and throwaway mentality: appearances (not only) of the American society. A scientific contribution regarding eating habits (vices) and food waste:
> The environmental impact of food waste

   

Polluting the world

Friday, 12 February 2010 09:14

Four years old and still explosively true: Ingeborg Waldmann's review on how we deal with garbage (homepage in German):
> Polluting the world

   

Waste disposal at Lake Baikal

Friday, 29 January 2010 11:17

A good example for international environmentalism: the German-Russian Program for the development and implementation of a sustainable communal Waste Management Concept for the Island of Olkhon in Lake Baikal (Eastern Russia), the largest fresh water reservoir in central Asia, shows how an institutional cooperation can raise environmental awareness with target-oriented measures, the right contact persons and a good concept.
> Development of a Waste Management Concept for the Tourist Regions of Lake Baikal

   

News from The Garbage Patch

Sunday, 17 January 2010 13:25

More and more effects of the Garbage Patch become public and are, by degrees, scientifically examined. On Plos1 you can read an article presenting the study of albatrosses ingesting plastic pieces, which leads to mechanical blockage of the digestive tract, reduced food consumption, satiation of hunger, and potential exposure to toxic compounds:
> Plastic Ingestion in Laysan Albatrosses

   

Cuban Sea: Filthy beaches instead of summer fun

Monday, 26 October 2009 19:00

Every summer in Cuba, the complaint is heard over and over again: "These beaches are filthy!" Acualina urges people to be "better global environmental citizens". More at:
> Waste and leftovers as far as the eye can see

   

Plastic as a new source of chemical pollution

Tuesday, 29 September 2009 12:10

Through the effect of sun and saltwater the plastic breaks down after all and fast. With all its potentially toxic components it enters the food chain: bad news for us as its final link. More at:
> Plastics actually decompose rapidly in the ocean

   

Maui County: News from the waste patch

Monday, 28 September 2009 16:15

Approximately every two years the garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean is doubling. To leave the plastic in the ocean is no solution, it must be retrieved and disposed of somehow. This is the opinion of Rich Owen who wants to clean up with the help of a Maui based environmental organisation. More at:
> Maui County: The great Garbage Vortex

   

The SEAPLEX Expedition

Saturday, 26 September 2009 13:05

Only few scientific facts have been known about the plastic garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean. A group of researchers from the Californian Scripps Institution of Oceanography is examining the composition, extent, and the potential of the debris to damage marine life and alter the biological environment. More at:
> The SEAPLEX Expedition and the Science of the Garbage Patch

   

News from the garbage patch

Friday, 25 September 2009 13:05

Capt. Charles Moore recently returned from his eighth trip to a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean: to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. More at:
> News from the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

   

Mankind's garbage patch

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 13:05

A garbage patch as huge as Western Europe is drifting in the North Pacific Ocean – the most observable token of a problem that increasingly threatens the oceans. More at:
> The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

   
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