New research and processes are redefining waste as a valuable resource rather than something to be thrown into a landfill.
Emerging techniques are taking leftover components from industrial manufacturing and food processing and converting them into new energy sources and raw materials for a wide range of uses.
- Reimagining production waste as a valuable resource enables companies to capitalize on materials traditionally deemed valueless.
- Upcycling resources diverts waste from landfills while contributing to new innovations within the marketplace.
- Disposing of waste can be costly for companies, and harnessing that untapped resource offers financial benefits.
75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but only 35% of it is recycled.
19.2% of global energy consumption in 2014 consisted of renewable energy.
60 million metric tons of food are wasted in the US each year for an estimated value of $162 billion.
5% 2015 produced a 5% rise of investments in renewable energy to $285.9 billion.
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Data-driven approach transforms food waste into renewable energy
Blemished or misshapen watermelons that are otherwise discarded are now repurposed for a nutritious and healthy drink
Inner city communications network build freely-available high-speed Wi-Fi by repurposing old telephone booths in NYC
Natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from pineapple leaf fibers