Liter of Light – Bringing solar energy solutions for everyone

Let’s change the way our world is powered by new solar energy solutions

Liter of Light is a special program managed by 4 travelers who are visiting different states of the US to increase awareness about sustainable development and introduce different soar light plants. They have successfully covered more of the area and hoping to take their project at a nationwide level. Here we have a little insight that will help you understand the Liter of Light properly.

Key facts

Here are a few facts related to consumption of light around the world.

  • 75% of the electricity generated around the world comes from the coal.
  • The rate of wholesale electricity is rapidly increasing.
  • In the last 5 years, the usage of solar hot water has trebled.
  • 5% of the energy consumption comes from the renewable resources. The utilization of renewable energy is growing but there is still a need for more awareness.

The problem

The increased rate of production and usage of electricity is the reason that fossil fuels are rapidly depleting. Most of the turbines and hydropower plants are running on the engines that use coal as the source of energy. This is the reason there are chances that in the coming year all the reserves of coal will be depleted from the world that will make it hard to produce electricity. This is the reason authorities are increasing the rates of electricity to assure that it can help reduce consumption and save some of the fossil fuels for the future generation.

 

Liter of Light has installed more than 350,000 bottle lights in more than 15 countries

 

The Solution

Increasing the rate of electricity is not the solution because the energy is still produced at the same rate that will create problems in the future. The only solution to this problem is the sustainable solar lighting. If we will start using the solar energy plants we will not have to worry about any issues related to depletion of sunlight because it is a renewable resource. As well as the energy produced can be stored and it will help to save the fossil fuels. Liter of light has made the mission to aware the public about the sustainable solar light, so they can move towards this reliable source of energy.

Helping people

There are many different ways in which the solar energy solutions will help the society. First of all, it will help reduce the cost of electricity. The energy produced by solar plants will be much cheaper as compared to the energy that we are using in the present age. As well as it will help with the continuous supply of energy. You will not have to deal with any kind of shortage. The availability of sunlight will not stop, which means that you will not have to worry about saving the resources.

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www.literoflightusa.org | Photo: Kit Reyes

The planet

The sustainable energy is it so important, not only helpful for the society but also for the plant. The residual waste produced by the fossil fuels and coal is dangerous for our environment. When fossil fuels will not be used for the production of energy, no waste products will be produced that will help save the plant.

It is significant for us to participate in solar power solutions projects. It can help us protect our future and save our plant from the harmful effects of the fossil fuels.

Sea Level Rise – Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

This is a two-part project: Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting and Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches for Sea Level Rise.

Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting. 

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to global environmental issues arising as a result of a changing climate. The UConn CIRCA faculty are partnering with researchers from across New England to advance the development and implementation of a comprehensive, regional, coastal and riverine inundation observation and modeling system. This project will result in the creation of a real-time inundation forecast system and 100-year return interval (1% annual chance) online maps that will be housed with the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches.

UConn CIRCA, working in conjunction with five New England states and several regional organizations, will collaboratively analyze living shorelines applications in Connecticut and the Northeast region. New England has a varied coastline and dually varied utilization rates for living shorelines projects. Under this cooperative effort, UConn CIRCA will assist the region as it develops a ‘state-of-the-science’ analysis of living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure, identify barriers and potential solutions to increase the deployment of living shorelines, and develop and disseminate educational materials and workshops for the public regarding living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure in order to fight sea level rise.

 

“Natural ecosystems provide multiple benefits to people, including food and water production, improved air and water quality, and recreation and spiritual inspiration”

 

CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training. Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.

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The Practice of Green Infrastructure. Image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

You can find the full PDF presentation about the project sea level rise here.

 

Click on the map to see how much flooding could happen in your coastal area:

Olioex – The Food Sharing Revolution

Amazing initiative to take action against food waste…

Olioex is the food sharing platform that will connect you to your neighbors and nearby restaurants to help prevent wastage of food. You can easily share your food with those who want it and avoid food waste. It is the perfect food waste solution that will allow us to protect our environment and deserving individuals will never sleep on an empty stomach.

Key facts

  • Food waste is the 3rd largest cause of the production of greenhouse gases in the world.
  • About 1/3 of the food items goes to waste every year because no one wants to eat them.
  • Half of the food waste comes from the house in all the developed countries.

The problem

Food waste is the biggest issue of the present age. In the developed countries we are wasting a reasonable amount of food that can be used to serve hundreds of individuals in the underdeveloped countries. We know that the food in our house cannot reach the poor of the underdeveloped countries. However, there are several homeless individuals around us who have to sleep on an empty stomach because they did not find a job today or the owner did not pay them. There is a lot of food in our fridge that we know will go into the dustbin because no one is interested in having it.

Healthy and nutritious food that is wasted can feed some 2 billion people, more than twice the number of undernourished people in the world, according to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Losses occur throughout the production chain: discarded in production and harvest, also during processing and packaging, destroyed during transport, thrown away by supermarkets, restaurants and then the consumer.

The Solution

Olioex has introduced the perfect food waste solution. It is the technological application that will help the individuals to connect with each other and nearby food cafes and restaurants. There are many families who do not have food and they will try to visit the nearby dustbin to find any wasted food items. Olioex is providing all the homeless and poor families a facility to have a decent dinner. It will connect you with your neighbors and cafes who have some extra food available that they will throw in the waste. Do not let them waste it and go get the perfect meal before it reaches the dustbin.

 

81% of us would be happy to receive food from a neighbour

– Hubbub

 

Helping people

Olioex will help the individuals to have a healthy meal every night. There are many children and adults who are malnutrition because they do not get a proper meal. This is the reason they suffer from deadly diseases. However, the Olioex will help you have a proper meal so that you will not have to deal with any dangerous diseases. It will reduce the rate of individuals getting sick. In this way, the lifespan of the individuals will increase. It will help mothers to assure that they will give their children a proper meal. As well as the families giving away food will have the peace of mind that their food items are serving someone instead of going into the dustbin.

The planet

Olioex will not only help the poor individuals but also the planet. It will help in the reduction of food waste that happens because of the house and restaurant food waste. In this way, the harmful gases and chemicals produced by wasted food will be reduced. Insects like flies and mosquitoes lay eggs on wasted food. They will not find waste to lay their eggs on and it will protect the society for dangerous diseases.

Olioex food waste solutions will help protect the environment in the best way. It is important for us to engage in this healthy activity and protect ourselves and our planet.

Tipa-corp Sustainable Packaging / Bio-Base Sources

Sustainable Packaging

Tipa-crop is a recently introduced company that which has launched its latest collection of Sustainable packaging. They claim that their packaging is more sustainable and will help protect the environment for the plastic waste and the damage done with it. Here we have everything you need to know about the compostable packaging.

Key facts

  1. Flexible packaging uses lest plastic but 95% of the packages available cannot be recycled due to which they are added to the plastic waste
  2. With the help of compostable packaging, we can easily reduce the plastic waste and protect our environment.

The problem

Plastic pollution is the biggest issue in the present age. 311 billion kilos of plastic waste is produced every year due to which the plastic pollution has reached an alarming condition. If we are not able to stop the increasing pollution, the extinction rate of the wildlife and aquatic life will increase. It has been estimated that if we will not control the condition by 2025 there will 20 times more plastic in the oceans and landfills. You will be surprised to know that only 9% of the plastic waste is recycled.

The Solution

Tipa-corp has the perfect solution in the form of Sustainable packaging. It is a beneficial product because it will allow us to control the rapidly increasing plastic waste. The packaging is flexible that will allow us to use the item several times as well as it can be disposed of in the food grade waste which means that it is easy to recycle. The packaging is manufactured with the compostable material that will allow you to protect the environment and animals. The compostable packaging looks and feels like plastic but the only difference is that it is completely compostable, which means there will be no waste.

“Sustainability is not only absolutely necessary, given the health of the planet, companies are behind schedule to take responsibility”, we cannot wait for governments. Companies have to lead the way.twitter

Helping people

The food you will keep in the Sustainable packaging will remain fresh. It means that you can easily prepare and store the food items for as long as you like. You can use the items packed in Tipa packing for cook because there is no BPA in the plastic. You can easily discard the packages in the curbside because it will not be included in the plastic waste. The best thing about the compostable packaging is that they are lightweight and easy to transport. It will give you the peace of mind that you are playing your part to protect the environment.

The planet

The Compostable packaging will not only help the people but also the environment. The Sustainable packaging will be sent directly to the local urban compositing facility that will make easier to recycle waste material. After a few months, the Sustainable packaging will grow into a new plant from the 100% pure compost that has been used in its manufacturing. It means that by using the Tipa-corp packaging you will help to increase the greenery in the world. When the plastic waste in the oceans and landfills will be controlled it will help to save the life of millions of animals, fish, and birds.

There are thousands of birds and fish killed every year because of the plastic they consume from the waste. We need to take the important step and start using Sustainable packaging to protect our planet and our self.  

 

Google Project Sunroof

As the price of installing solar has gotten less expensive, more homeowners are turning to it as a possible option for decreasing their energy bill. We want to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone.

Project Sunroof puts Google’s expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.

When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis. Don’t worry, Project Sunroof doesn’t give the address to anybody else.

Access: http://google.com/get/sunroof

Comment from SEN: However, many places aren’t reached yet.

Le prospettive integranti dell’educazione alla sostenibilità

Governance senza Governo/I diritti come requisiti di sistema /Disegno strategico e coerenza di obiettivi /Per non escludersi dal “gioco delle regole”/La qualità come ambiente di integrazione/Il Decennio UN dell’educazione allo sviluppo sostenibile /Le reti italiane del sistema educativo/L’integrazione delle educazioni

Dai temi legati alla dimensione sociale ed economica della sostenibilità emergono prospettive in chiave sistemica e relazionale che richiedono una forte integrazione nella componente culturale ed educativa della “cittadinanza terrestre in una comunità planetaria”. Fondamentali le modalità organizzative/relazionali adottate dagli attori chiamati alla elaborazione e alla gestione delle politiche e degli obiettivi di sviluppo nella loro dimensione locale e globale.

Ai singoli governi spetta il compito di avviare i processi di partecipazione pubblica non solo per migliorare la qualità delle loro decisioni, ma per risolvere i conflitti tra i vari interessi in gioco, e per accrescere la fiducia nelle istituzioni. Compito delle istituzioni territoriali diventa quello di garantire infrastrutture e condizioni che consentano a tutti gli attori di crescere e prosperare. Tutti i portatori di interesse possono essere invitati a definire obiettivi prioritari e ad assumersi responsabilità nell’applicare la Strategia e seguirne gli sviluppi.

Cittadini informati e consumatori consapevoli sono essenziali nel rendere possibile misure di sostenibilità attraverso le loro scelte ed azioni e le istituzioni dovrebbero supportare i processi di apprendimento e di responsabilizzazione in tutte le loro forme. L’educazione informale e non formale dovrebbero puntare a fornire maggiore comprensione dei legami tra questioni sociali, economiche e ambientali in contesti locali e globali. Nell’economia della conoscenza, la geometria variabile del modo di impiego delle conoscenze disponibili diventa una delle principali caratteristiche del modello di sviluppo rendendo decisiva la capacità di attrarre e implementare le innovazioni tecnologiche. A

rgomenti chiave della sostenibilità diventano: l’integrazione dei prodotti/servizi nei sistemi di gestione, l’integrazione di organizzazioni, l’integrazione dei modelli cognitivi e la costruzione di un sistema integrato di controlli. “Prospettive integranti” che aprono il campo ad una concezione della qualità in termini di “ambiente di integrazione”. Nel contesto del Decennio delle Nazioni Unite dell’educazione allo sviluppo sostenibile (DESS) è inserita la Strategia UNECE per l’Educazione allo Sviluppo Sostenibile, che si pone come quadro di riferimento e di orientamento per le politiche dei vari Paesi aderenti. Nonostante la maggior parte di tali Paesi disponga di un sistema educativo evoluto esistono ancora sfide da raccogliere per attuare concretamente l’ESS.  La Strategia UNECE precisa che l’ESS rafforza quell’approccio integrato che mette in relazione diverse tematiche da affrontare sia a livello locale che globale, come la cittadinanza attiva, la pace, la democrazia, i diritti umani, lo sviluppo equo e solidale, la tutela della salute, quella delle pari opportunità e quella culturale, la protezione dell’ambiente e la gestione sostenibile delle risorse naturali.

Obiettivo strategico della ESS è quello di porsi al centro dei processi di cambiamento, diffondersi nel territorio, creare nuova cittadinanza, essere anticipatrice, sperimentatrice, palestra per praticare futuri sostenibili. La natura partecipata dei percorsi di sviluppo (come quelli di Agenda 21 Locale) richiede la condivisione dei diritti e tra questi quello alla conoscenza. Le incertezze associate alla conoscenza tecnica attuale inducono a parlare di “epistemologia civica” per descrivere i modi in cui il pubblico partecipa alla costruzione della conoscenza, riconoscendo così il carattere culturale e politico di questo processo.  In ogni società esistono visioni condivise su ciò che rende credibile o meno un’affermazione (anche scientifica) ed i criteri per la riflessione nel merito delle singole questioni vengono affrontati e discussi nell’ambito della cosiddetta “etica applicata” che costituisce un contesto epistemologico strategico per il raccordo tra i contenuti teorici dei percorsi di educazione alla convivenza civile in materia di vita, salute, ambiente. In Italia, nella “scuola dell’autonomia e dei Piani dell’Offerta Formativa (POF) l’ESS – intesa nella sua accezione piena (non limitata unicamente alla dimensione ambientale) diventa non solo il punto di snodo nel rapporto con il territorio ma anche potenziale strumento di orientamento e di integrazione delle altre discipline.

Sustainable Living and Co-Housing Alicante

Project of cooperative housing creation, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact. It is a community designed and created by its own residents, in which cooperation between them is encouraged, with an understanding of well-being.

Currently, the current community property system does not allow for cooperation between residents, especially if they have some kind of reduced mobility, which means that these people are very lonely. As we age, we become sedentary and lonely, causing depression, premature aging, and other illnesses caused by this cause.

In the 80’s a group of young people in Denmark get together to decide the community in which they want to live, from there co-housing is created, where a group of people plan their future from buying the land together, plotting it and creating basic and affordable housing, where they encourage co-living and solidarity.

Eco-housing Alicante is a housing cooperative project, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact.

It is a type of collaborative housing that tries to overcome the alignment produced by the compartmentalization of current housing, in which no one knows their neighbors and in which there is no sense of community.

Its values are aligned with those of Christian Felber’s well-known Economics of the Common Good, and these are a foundation of basic principles that represent human values: trust, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, solidarity, generosity and compassion, among others.

These are modular single-family houses, of the passive solar type, using resources of the bio-climatic architecture combined with a much higher energy efficiency than traditional construction. These houses have very low energy consumption and offer a comfortable atmosphere all year round without the use of conventional heating. They would be designed as smart-houses, taking advantage of digital technologies at the service of the above-mentioned values.

There would be a specific common area for waste management, composting and a workshop for the re-use/recycling of various equipment. There is also a common laundry area, social club or living area. Playground, accessible children’s playground and adapted sports area.

This project is designed to be carried out, between the sea and the mountains, somewhere in the so-called region of Alacantí (Busot, El Campello, Aigues, Alicante, Agost, Jijona, Mutxamel, San Juan de Alicante, San vicente or Torremanzanas), accessible and with all the public services needed, from the circular economy, self-sufficiency, and the least environmental impact and the lowest environmental impact.

All this is seen from a social perspective of intergenerational coexistence, mutual support, accessibility for people with disabilities and/or dependency and solidarity, respecting the private spaces of each unit of coexistence.

Sustainable develpment goals reached

Susceptibility map of mass movements in the southern slope of Avila

The mass movements that originate on the southwestern flank of the Avila, as observed in the analysis of the risk carried out in this work, cause numerous economic losses since many neighborhoods in the area are very susceptible to this threat, in view of the urban expansion of the city that has caused many settlements

Constraints, triggers and erosive factors affecting mass movements in the mountainous south area of Ávila in Venezuela, are spatially analyzed through ArcGIS software 10.0 a synthetic methodology that performs the analysis of these factors in each movement type (rock falls, landslides, road slope and flows) and then synthesize on a single map areas with increased susceptibility.

The main cause of mass movements in this area relates to geological conditions which are reactivated by active seismicity, heavy rainfall, and artificial changes to the ground. Only in Caracas city has registered more than 500 landslides with important effects in the last 60 years.

While the study of the risk of mass movements is elaborate, (a dispersed event in space-time and with low intensity) is one of the most costly threats at a socio-economic level.

Most of the movements studied are mainly controlled by the slope and lithology, observing that most of the most frequent instabilities occur in the metamorphic rock of the San Julián and Esquistos las Brisas Complex type and in alluvial quaternary.

Slope, altitude and orientation vary depending on the type of movement. Observed for rock falls and slopes that go from 20º to 35º and altitudes from 740 m.a.s.l. to 1110 m.a.s.l. Northeast facing mostly for landslides and southeast to the southwest of rock falls.

On the other hand, for edge faults and debris flows it is very variable, with a much lower slope and altitude for flows (0 to 10º) and a higher one for landslides, with slopes of up to 40º of dip being observed. They coincide in the maximum orientation that goes from southeast to southwest and in the fact that they are movements controlled by the adjacent hydrographic networks.

It is recommended that Venezuelan authorities take a forecast of the most frequent climatic threats and keep a forecast and control of dry vs. wet periods as these are the most frequent triggers that cause mass movements. This can be done by expanding the meteorological stations since there is currently the Maiquetía airport station, whose climatic variation contrasts with that of the southern flank of Avila, and the Caracas Valley.

As far as vegetation control is concerned, a good spatial analysis is recommended to determine the current vegetation type and thus to take vegetation as a conditioning factor. It is known that from the end of 2015 to March 2016 the ENSO has hit the Ávila mountain range causing major droughts and fires, which are triggering factors for mass movements but due to a lack of spatial information could not be included in the present work.

In addition, if urban expansion were to be controlled, the most vulnerable communities could be organized and warned of the danger that exists in this study. The most susceptible neighbourhoods are Plan de Manzano, Macayapa, Blandín, Araguaney and La Cortada.

Periodic awareness campaigns and visits to such communities can maintain areas potentially susceptible to threats from movements of evicted or prevented masses depending on the level of probability.

Arrecife Energy Systems & the Wave’s Power

Wаvе Enеrgу аlѕо iѕ knоwn as ocean wave роwеr, iѕ аnоthеr tуре оf осеаn-bаѕеd rеnеwаblе еnеrgу ѕоurсе thаt uѕеѕ thе роwеr of thе wаvеѕ tо gеnеrаtе еlесtriсitу.

Thе Eаrth hаѕ nоt bееn саllеd the “Bluе Plаnt” without a gооd rеаѕоn. Nеаrlу thrее-ԛuаrtеrѕ оf thе рlаnt соvеrеd in wаtеr, ѕо it iѕ оnlу nаturаl thаt the search for a сlеаn, rеnеwаblе ѕоurсе оf еnеrgу ѕhоuld lеаd uѕ tо thе осеаnѕ аrоund uѕ. Using thе роtеntiаl еnеrgу ѕtоrеd in thе oceans аnd ѕеаѕ tо gеnеrаtе еlесtriсitу еnѕurеѕ thаt роwеr being рrоduсеd will bе роllutiоn frее.

We would like to introduce you Arrecife Energy Systems, they capture the wave’s power and transform it into electricity.

The Arrecife Project was born thanks to the research of the PhD Professor José Javier Doria in the field of fluid mechanics for more than 25 years.

What began as a study, finally became a long research that has had great results in other fields. Prof. Doria observed that the small living corals occupy vast expanses, forming a reef capable of absorbing much of the energy of the waves in an efficient way. This led to the idea of creating serially placed direct-action turbines, composed of many blades that simulate a coral reef.

Key Facts:

• First operating system through turbines.
• Obtains energy from waves, currents and tidal flows.
• It is a completely free source of energy. As long as we have waves we can capture their energy
• According to estimations, the benefits coming from the use of wave energy can be way higher than the ones derived from wind and sun.
• Waves concentrate a greater power compared to other renewable energy sources. Also, their power density is higher than the one coming from wind.

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Testing the prototype. Photo by The Arrecife Project

The problem

Fossil fuel, biomass, and waste burning power plants
In the United States, about 67% of total electricity generation in 2016 was produced from: fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), materials that come from plants (biomass), and municipal and industrial wastes.

Emissions that result from combustion of these fuels include:

• Carbon dioxide (CO2)
• Carbon monoxide (CO)
• Sulfur dioxide (SO2)
• Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
• Particulate matter (PM)
• Heavy metals such as mercury

Nearly all combustion byproducts have negative effects on the environment and human health:

• CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and it contributes to the greenhouse effect.
• SO2 causes acid rain, which is harmful to plants and to animals that live in water. SO2 also worsens respiratory illnesses and heart diseases, particularly in children and the elderly.

The Solution

ARRECIFE´S TECHNOLOGY, aims to simulate the natural behaviour of a coral reef, an ecosystem that functions as a natural barrier against waves.

Following the example of other successful systems such as hydraulic energy or wind energy, Arrecife works with turbines too. It is provided with cross flow turbines that get activated by the waves. The system opposes the strength of the waves creating resistance and absorbing large part of its energy.

Arrecife Energy Systems Team. Photo by The Arrecife Project

Helping people

The study, entitled “Health and Climate Benefits of Choosing Different Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Options“, demonstrates that energy efficiency and renewable energies can have important benefits for both climate and public health. Jonathan Buonocore, an associate researcher at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, added that this research shows that climate benefits and health benefits are on a par with others.

The implementation of wave energy aspires to contribute to the welfare of society, providing clean-energy jobs to millions of people and helping the world becoming a greener, more sustainable place.

The planet

Environmentally friendly: Once the system is manufactured and the wave energy devices are installed, no polluting emissions are produced.

No danger of pollution: There is no risk of polluting the surroundings in case of a disaster, unlike it occurs when using fossil fuel plants.

Minimal visual pollution: Wave energy converters are installed either on the surface of the water or submerged in the water, minimising alterations in the landscape as much as possible.

Lazaro Project Association. An Eco-Friendly Option For Textile Waste

Circular economics is a recent economic model that has emerged as a response to the new needs of society and our planet.

These needs have arisen because of the continuous use of a linear economic model, which has been developing since the industrial revolution, with which it has reached a point where there are no longer enough resources to extract, and through which we are contaminating the planet more and more.

Circular  economy,  as  effective path and solution  to  these  problems,  proposes  a  series  of  changes, such  as  the  reuse  of  waste  to  manufacture  new  products  or  the  manufacture  of products  that  are  long  lasting  in  time  so  as  to generate  the  least  possible residues  in the slower and more moderate way.

Increasingly,  more  and  more  industries  are  getting  involved  with  the  cause  and are beginning to be involved in this change.

The Lazaro Project Association is a clear example of a circular economy model in the textile sector. This organization was founded in 1994 in Alicante, Spain. The objective of this initiative works through economic and social management, recycling and reuse of solid urban waste.

Key facts:

  • By 2017, the emission of almost 200,000 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere has been avoided.
  • Every kilogram of clothes that is reused and not incinerated avoids the emission of 3.17 kg of CO2.

The problem

European textile companies barely recycle a fifth of the clothing (20%) they generate. According to Greenpeace’s latest report, Fashion at the croos road, 80% of clothes consumed in the European Union have no outlet, either for a second life or to enter into recycling processes. The environmental consequences of this textile explosion cannot be resolved in the short term. This industry is the second most polluting in the world. Despite the fact that large companies have eliminated many hazardous chemical elements from their factories, their production accounts for 3% of the world’s carbon dioxide, some 850 million tons.

The Solution

4000 tons of textile waste turned into solidarity.

This activity is designed and managed as a production structure, whose process consists of the collection of textile waste, household goods and bulky items in different municipalities of the province of Alicante, for subsequent selection, reuse and sale in the various second-hand shops located in the cities of Alicante, Elche and Villajoyosa.

It is estimated that 12% is the one capable of taking to the end of the recovery cycle, 54% is the one that is recovered through other social entities, 18% is recycled with specialized entities and only 16% is disposed to incinerators.

From the outset, they have been clear that all the clothes people no longer wear could at all costs prevent them from ending up in a landfill. Not only that, but they also realized that textiles, along with other items destined for garbage, could become a way of promoting social projects.

Lázaro Project is framed in two fundamental axes: social and environmental work.

Helping people

The management of textile waste brings great social benefits. The Lazaro Project contributes to the creation of green jobs and the social economy by promoting the creation of inclusive, stable and quality jobs.

The planet

The reuse and recycling of textiles favours efficient use of resources, environmental protection and the fight against climate change. They reduce waste in controlled landfills and incineration plants, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases. Every kilogram of clothing that is reused and not incinerated prevents the emission of 3,169 kg of CO2, according to data from the European Commission.

The 18,281 tons collected in Spain in 2017 therefore represents a saving of 57,934 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere. They are equivalent to the annual emission of 21,760 cars (circulating 15,000 km annually) or the annual carbon dioxide uptake of 432,349 trees.