The process of recycling is familiar to nearly all of us, as a foundation of the sustainable movement. Recyclable items have been a huge focus of urban growth in the most advanced countries. At this point it is almost laughable to some people that others do not recycle their leftover products and resources. While the revolution began with red, blue, and green bins alongside trash can every week, the recycling revolution has grown into a new monster of its own.
People are coming up with weird and wonderful ways to reuse their waste; from garden beds made of old tyres to houses made from recycled bottles. This evolving creature is changing the world for good in unforeseeable ways. The real teacher in this environment has been time and distant communication. By using these two resources over the last 20 years we have been introduced to an obvious truth. Hand me downs are global.
It seems that the modern worlds run almost a decade ahead of the under developed second world nations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia. Visiting these regions is like stepping into a time machine and heading back to the 80’s or 90’s. It’s a little odd at first how consistent it is while at the same time how jarring it can be. It is not uncommon to find 80’s t-shirts being worn by kids listening to Britney spears and talking on flip cell phones. The clash of cultures is indicative of an obvious truth. Recycling doesn’t just keep our modern world cleaner and our environment healthier. It also helps facilitate the transfer of goods from the controlling consumers to the eager less fortunate. This recognition has now added a new philanthropic and sustainable culture type approach to recycling not only plastic and paper but electronics, clothing, and other accessories.
Companies like TechPayout help people sell a cell phone at incredible prices because they know that they can sell it in another country where the demand will always be high. Modern factories are designed for the modern world. To supply the rest of the world we’ll need a larger infrastructure for manufacturing. This will most likely be a lot of distributed 3D printing factories than our current model. The moral of the story is that there are philanthropic entrepreneurs who are finding these eco-sweetspots in business and raking in the money as they make the world a better place without overcharging or underselling.
Thousands upon thousands of worn and used tyres are scrapped and dumped illegally each year. These tyres end up as a health hazard and cause untold amounts of environmental damage. In Australia alone, 500 000 tonnes of tyres are replaced every single year, but all the used tyres need to go somewhere right?
Working within the industry, DTL have been encouraging all of their customers to be responsible with their tyre waste. As a wholesale exporter of Chinese tyres, they realize the impact their end product can have on the planet if they are not properly disposed of and recycled.
Companies like Tyrecycle are taking things a step further. They are partnering with industries that have a lot of old rubber waste and giving them a new life. From athletics tracks to brake pads, insulation to alternative fuels; recycled rubber has a plethora of uses.
Life is full of these recycling type solutions to our global expansion and limited resources. In order to have more ideas for good we have to get everyone in the world the basic resources they need in order to be able to liberate their minds to focus on the goals, not the needs. By donating or selling at a discounted price, your old goods you can not only make some spare cash to cover new purchases, but you can also change someones life forever halfway around the world. Not a bad way to get a new iPhone.