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How to turn spent lemon rinds into a classic tart – recipe

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While digging through the compost bins at our restaurant, Poco, in Bristol, spent lemon rinds were one of the first food-waste products that we identified as a potential new ingredient. Later, at Slow Food’s Terra Mad...

Two more elephants die after eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

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Conservationists and veterinarians have warned that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants, after two more were found dead at the site. About 20 elephants have died over the last e...

‘An easy solution for our waste’: DIY worm farming hits UK homes

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It used to be that the early bird would get the worm, but households, schools and even prisons can now have the invertebrates delivered free to their door – if they get a wriggle on. A Nottingham-based initiative, the...

How to make your freezer your friend when it comes to food waste

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Frostbitten faggots, a tub of mystery white sauce and a big lump of blue cheese sit on my counter defrosting: is this food still even edible, I ask myself, and if so, how should I cook it? I haven’t had time to check ...

How to turn leftover alcohol into vinegar – recipe

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“Vinegar can be made from any fermented alcohol or solution of fermentable sugars,” says the fermentation expert and author Sandor Katz, whose recipe in his book The Art of Fermentation I have adapted here. “The word ...

‘Waste colonialism’: world grapples with west’s unwanted plastic

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One hundred and 41 containers filled with rotting plastic waste have been on a journey for more than a year. Scattered between Turkey, Greece and Vietnam, far from their origins in Germany, the containers’ voyage shed...

Latin America urges US to reduce plastic waste exports to region

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Environmental organisations across Latin America have called on the United States to reduce plastic waste exports to the region, after a report found the US had doubled exports to some countries in the region during t...

Britain through the looking glass: my dead goldfish is now a registered waste disposer

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It’s a tragic story, with a happy ending. Until I was seven, I had a goldfish called Algernon. He wasn’t the most exciting pet, but I was quite upset when I found him floating one morning on the surface of his little ...

The person who got me through 2021: Huey Morgan comforted me amid a deluge of human waste

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It was spring, and human excrement was pumping into our garden. I watched through the window as a perplexed young plumber with a long metal pole excavated the dark, gurgling drain. As if lockdown hadn’t been bad enoug...

How to turn fish cheeks into a festive skewer

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Conscious consumption is on the rise, with 43% of consumers who buy seafood now saying that sustainability is a key consideration in what they buy, according to recent YouGov research. But until seafood businesses tra...

Amazon’s plastic waste soars by a third amid pandemic, report finds

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Amazon’s plastic packaging waste soared by almost a third, to 270,000 tonnes, during the pandemic last year, according to a report from marine conservation group Oceana. Oceana estimates up to 10,700 tonnes of this pl...

‘Colossal waste’: Nobel laureates call for 2% cut to military spending worldwide

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More than 50 Nobel laureates have signed an open letter calling for all countries to cut their military spending by 2% a year for the next five years, and put half the saved money in a UN fund to combat pandemics, the...

How to make the most of sprout tops – recipe

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Brussels sprouts grow in nodules attached to the side of a tall stem with a cluster of leaves perched on top. The stem and tops are usually left to compost in the field or fed to farm animals, but both are edible. The...

Fashion must stick to climate pledges to prevent waste crisis, says UK economist

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The fashion industry is facing a waste and overproduction crisis if it continues on its current trajectory, one of the UK’s leading economic experts has warned. Dame Vivian Hunt, a managing partner at the consulting f...

‘Deluge of plastic waste’: US is world’s biggest plastic polluter

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The US is the world’s biggest culprit in generating plastic waste and the country urgently needs a new strategy to curb the vast amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans, a new report submitted to the federal gove...

Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

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When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disast...

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