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Plastic packaging becomes a bike path

The first bike path in the world to be built with plastic recycled from bottles, plastic cups and various packaging materials has been created in Zwolle, Holland. The 30-metre long plastic bike path contains recycled plastic equivalent to over 218,000…

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Bioplastic made in Italy from waste frying oil

Waste frying oil can be turned into a raw material to produce a 100% biodegradable bioplastic with the same thermo-mechanical properties as conventional plastics. This is an entirely Italian research project developed at the laboratories of Bio-on, a Bologna company…

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How much hotter is your hometown, than when you were born?

Have you ever asked yourself how much hotter your hometown is now than when you were born? This is the idea that prompted the New York Time to create an on-line simulator (How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When…

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Goodbye to halogen lamps, LED lamps are mandatory all over Europe

From 1 September 2018, halogen light bulbs are being switched off and LED lighting are becoming mandatory throughout Europe. As from 1 September 2018, halogen light bulbs will be banned on European scale, in implementation of Directive 244/2009.  Halogen lamps,…

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Fishing for waste along the River Po

The operation against marine debris begins with the longest river in Italy, thanks to an initiative called “Il Po d’AMare”, the first experimental project to prevent marine litter presented yesterday (18 July) at the Castello Estense in Ferrara. The project,…

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Paper and cardboard: separate waste collection is increasing in Italy

In 2017, Italian municipalities collected about 3.3 million tons of paper and cardboard (52,600 tons more than in the previous year), over 54 kg per inhabitant. Separate collection of waste cellulose material in Italy increased by 1.6% over 2016. These…

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Pollution by microfibres can be reduced in washing machines

Everyone now knows just how harmful microplastics and microfibres are, since they make their way into the oceans and enter food chains. Luckily, ways of fighting this kind of pollution are beginning to arrive on the market. Given that microfibres…

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New lithium batteries that are immune to cold

Lithium batteries, by their very “nature”, are not easy to charge at temperatures lower than 10°C. Indeed, cold increases their internal resistance and the voltage declines, decreasing the charging capacity of the battery and thus shortening its life. Thanks to…

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Waste-Free Municipalities 2018

Legambiente Waste-Free Municipalities are increasing and now exceed 500. In these municipalities, separate waste collection operates correctly and individual citizens produce no more than 75 kilos of unsorted waste. Their number has gone from 486 in 2017 to 505 in…

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