Facing Mexico’s zero-waste challenge
Grassroots organizers urge shared responsibility
The work of civil organizations and citizen efforts as a driving force towards a zero waste economy
Throwaway people or valued environmental service providers?
Mexico's pepenadores seek to dignify a long-neglected role
Saúl started his career as a trash picker, known in Mexico as a pepenador, when he was six years old. Now 60, he makes an independent living by sorting and repurposing materials that the state’s 11 municipalities dump at the San Nicolás Landfill.
Turning trash into groceries in Oaxaca
Mexican student's innovative plastic waste initiative cleans up rural town
A “pet” is a PET-type plastic bottle. Its worth is equivalent to about a penny, and gathering together several of them you can purchase some basic food items through a project developed by a university student and implemented by his local government.
Striking Back Against Femicide in Costa Rica
Aude Mulliez on Femicide, Empowerment Self-Defense, and Turning Garbage into Houses
Aude Mulliez is a woman for the new millennium. At 33, she has launched her own green social enterprise, become a continental ambassador for female empowerment and impacted lives in half a dozen countries – including her own. She’s tackled some of the thorniest issues of our time – migration, environmental degradation, extreme poverty, and […]
The Last Straw
If Plastic Is Out, What's Next? A New Generation Of Innovators Rise To The Occasion
For some, it was the baby albatross whose autopsy revealed a belly full of bottle caps and other plastic debris. For others, it was the video of the sea turtle with the plastic straw stuck in its nostril, a team of marine biologists trying to remove it with a pair of pliers as it struggled […]