In a time when our planet is drowning in plastic garbage, a lot of people work on ideas that can bring us closer to a solution to this crisis.
One of them, if not the oldest, is recycling, and while many people are fiercely dedicated to traditional recycling, others are fond of reusing these materials for various creative and surprisingly useful purposes.
Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, The Mall of America is one of the greenest malls in the nation that recycles more than 60% of its waste. They have thousands of plants and trees inside, as well as water-efficient toilets, and recycle more than 2400 tons of food waste annually.
Another great example is Matter of Trust, which along with the ecological charity Clean Wave has a rather unusual but effective way to help our planet. They collect hair and fur donations to create oil-absorbent mats that are used to clean up oil spills.
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a shopping center in Sweden where you can buy recycled, upcycled or eco-friendly, sustainable merchandise. You can leave something that you no longer use or want at a recycling depot, and then it will get repaired or re-sold.
Check out the inspiring stories of these businesses and perhaps innovate your own original way of leading a zero waste life!