Circularity | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 2
Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

Circularity

Understanding the value of a circular economy and identifying circular solutions are essential to changing our world for good. Circularity, or the zero-waste principle of keeping materials in a closed loop and away from landfills and incinerators, is the future. Find out about the latest innovations and solutions accelerating the transition towards a circular economy in the articles here from The Optimist Daily.

Solutions are brewing! Recycle

Solutions are brewing! Recycled beer yeast surprising solution for water pollution

Breweries are well-known for producing wonderful beer, but what if their waste could also be used to combat water pollution? Recent MIT research reveals an innovative way in which recycled beer yeast can help remove hazardous lead from water, providing a sustainable and cost-effective Read More...

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Volcanic ash may be a game changer in sustainable solar energy storage solutions

When calamity hits and volcanic ash blankets the land, it is commonly perceived negatively, for many obvious reasons. However, novel research from the University of Barcelona demonstrates that this seemingly gloomy substance has enormous promise as an energy storage medium, providing a Read More...

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Boosting solar power: reflectors under panels increase efficiency 

Researchers at the University of Ottawa, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced a ground-breaking innovation to improve solar panel efficiency. By incorporating reflective surfaces beneath solar panels, the researchers increased energy output by an impressive Read More...

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The rise of renewable energy: a tipping point in global electricity sources 

Renewable energy surpassed 30 percent of the global electricity supply for the first time, marking a milestone in the planet's energy shift. This spike in clean electricity, mostly from wind and solar power, represents a watershed point in the move to sustainable energy options. The ongoing Read More...

How to identify your personal

How to identify your personal style in your sustainable fashion journey

In a world of ever-changing trends and fast-fashion frenzy, developing a distinct style is more than simply an aesthetic choice; it's a significant step toward sustainable shopping. Understanding what actually resonates with you allows you to make thoughtful fashion decisions that transcend Read More...

The case for taxing big fossil

The case for taxing big fossil fuel firms: a solution for funding climate resilience 

A fresh report argues that imposing a tax on fossil fuel firms operating in the wealthiest countries may dramatically boost climate finance, delivering much-needed assistance to countries dealing with the effects of the climate catastrophe. The plan, presented in the Climate Damages Tax study, Read More...

Are we entering the era of air

Are we entering the era of airborne protein? Introducing a global revolution in food production

Finland has become the focus of a revolutionary shift in food production with the opening of the world's first large-scale factory for producing protein from air and renewable energy. This pioneering project by Solar Foods represents a paradigm change in sustainable nutrition solutions, as the firm Read More...

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The power of "solar balconies": Germany's solar revolution reaches more than just roofs

In Germany's busiest cities, a quiet shift is taking place on apartment balconies. While rooftop solar has long been seen as a key component of renewable energy, a new player has emerged: the solar balcony. With over 400,000 plug-in solar systems on balconies around the country, this unique Read More...

EU parliament passes sweeping

EU parliament passes sweeping measures to combat the growing problem of packaging waste

In a historic attempt to address the growing problem of packaging waste, the European Parliament has approved a comprehensive set of legislation aimed at reducing environmental damage and supporting sustainable practices. The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), which includes binding Read More...

How the Sounds Right project

How the Sounds Right project brings harmony to environmental protection and music 

In the realm of music, inspiration can strike from the most unexpected sources. From the soft rustle of leaves to the grand roar of a waterfall, nature's symphony has long served as the backdrop for many melodies. Take the hit "Blackbird" by The Beatles—halfway through the track the sweet sound Read More...