Waste is Wealth!  Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!

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Small Business Owner!
Is it difficult for you to discover how you can get on-board the Circular Economy? Do you worry about GHGs and the heat?

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A clear picture of how important “waste” is, is a good place to start.

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Landfills emit one of the most dangerous GHG gases – Methane!
Muck, Trash, Emissions are all Waste!

Waste is Wealth- Waste is Wealth! Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!

This WASTE issue has been around for some time and only now are people beginning to work it out!
WASTE is valuable!
WASTE is far more valuable than we think!

2011, was a buyers’ market for WASTE and a clear example of what the recycling struggle has been. It is easy to understand why this article by Mr. Henry Grabar, is entitled:

Recycling Isn’t About the Planet. It’s About Profit.

I have pulled a little from this article to give you a taste. But if you have the time, go to Slate Magazine online and read the whole article.

Mr. Grabar’s story is about the USA, but, of course, the whole world is involved. Waste supply chains are going to become much more important to the things we produce and use – the circular part from a business point of view: Technical Supply Chain Loops

Back in 2011, if you wanted to recycle a plastic Coke bottle, it was a great time to do it. That spring, every plastic soda bottle was worth about x8 what it was just 2½ years earlier, and x4 what it would be five years later.
Your 2011-era empty Coke bottle was not only worth a lot because of high oil prices—it was worth a lot because Pakistan had suffered devastating monsoons in the summer of 2010. Flooding in the Indus River was one of the events that sent cotton, in April 2011, to its highest price since records began in 1870. Jeans were going to be more expensive, Levi’s announced. And so, it turned out, was recycled PET plastic, because polyester fibers made from used plastic bottles were a cost-effective replacement for cotton. Cotton was up; plastic was up; recycled PET prices went up. The scramble was on for old bottles. Which you, American reader, the world’s leading consumer of soda and bottled water, have plenty of.”

Waste that is not exportable- Waste is Wealth! Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!

“Is American recycling still functioning after all the exports to China, etc. dried up? ““Functioning may be a little optimistic,”” says Analiese Smith, who runs the recycling program in Waukesha County outside Milwaukee. ““But we’re keeping the lights on.””

“Let’s get one thing out of the way: Recycling isn’t going anywhere. It’s an ancient practice. (200 years ago, the Chinese still had a thriving market in human manure.) It is motivated by profit. It’s also much bigger than your bottles. There are grease buyers and ship strippers and copper wire thieves. The single greatest recycled material in the United States, by weight, is ferrous scrap—primarily iron and steel from old cars. No one exports more ferrous scrap than the US. (The three biggest buyers are Turkey, Mexico, and Taiwan.)”

Waste is Wealth! 

Small Business Owner!
Do you know what happened atCOP 26?

COP 26 stated, for the first time, that countries need to reduce their reliance on coal and roll back fossil fuel subsidies. The basis of the GHGs that are the primary drivers of man-made climate change.

How did planet Earth keep GHGs under control in the past?
1. Unlike humans who pull them up, the planet kept GHGs underground.
2. Unlike humans, the planet did not burn them.
3.Unlike humans who pile up waste, the natural process of decomposition and degradation broke down the sources of GHGs into their useful parts.

Take a look !!!!!

Look at the TAG lists from this blog

(look at the bottom of each post. There are lots of links to more information…)

We need lots of recycling superstars!

Scientist Dr. Veena Sahajwalla is a recycling superstar whose “can-do attitude” shapes her engineering career and sowed the seeds for some ground-breaking ideas, including using car tyres and plastic bottles to cut down on “the cost of making steel” and keeping some mountains of waste out of the landfill.

The video below is 29:01 minutes, but if you look at the first 5 minutes, you will feel the enthusiasm that Dr. Veena Sahajwalla has for the Value of Waste.  If you go on, you will see the background of an average person, like you and me, who does what we all need to do – VALUE WASTE. Take a look at the first 5 minutes.

29:01 minutes – A Recycling revolutionary shows how you can turn old clothes into kitchen tiles | Australian Story

Read the latest news from Dr. Veena Sahajwalla’s (SMaRT) the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology

So, what could you do?

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Now, today and every day there are new solutions to the problems we face:
Edible Plastic for food bags,
Plastic made from Rubbish,
Fuel made from Rubbish,
Leather made from Mushrooms,
Meat made from Mushrooms,
Printing & Packaging; First industry to achieve total Circular!,
Cleaning up the ‘non-recyclable’ Waste Plastic,
Companies making money from Biomimicry: They Asked Nature.

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We need to start buying these new technologies to bring down their costs , USE them to bring down the GHGs and lower the Global Temperature. Governments, need to give the economy incentive! Private finance needs to get clearly on track!

Waste is Wealth! 

Your eco-business concerns are the motive for my blog.
If you have questions about how you and the Circular Economy are going to work together, Feel Free to Contact me ! Tell me what concerns YOU.  Maybe, I can help you find a solution.  Lesley

I’d be thrilled to assist you, too:

Hi, Thx a lot for your information. I will try go contact indonesia. Thank you so much. Regards,

15 November, 2019 – Katerine Teoh, Malaysia

Dear Lesley, Thank you for the Launch link. They seem nice, wrote them a letter. Will inform you. Have a good day

13 December, 2019 – Attila Keresztessy, Budapest, Hungary

hi! Thank you for your fast reply and the info!  Love your dedication to your site and the blog 🙂 Cheers  

8 January, 2020 – Lorien Duch, Belgium

Dear Ms Woodfin, Thank you so much for your email and yes you have stated my surname correctly! I appreciate your taking the time out to do this and to understand my requirements in greater detail.  Have a nice day! Regards,

20 March, 2020 – Balaji Rajagopalan, India

Super helpful thanks Lesley and no I didn’t see that NZ reference Best Regards,

16 December, 2020 – Patrick Bryson, australia | uk | usa

Hi there, Thanks for the quick response. We also thought it would be very contradictory to their mission and vision for them to cancel out the whole mycelium market because they patented the process. If you come across any more information, feel free to reach out. We’ll be in touch! Warm regards!

Apr 30, 2022 – Kobe Wastiels, Belgium

What I want to do here

Are you suffering from some kind of “eco-anxiety“?

What I want to do- Waste is Wealth! Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!
“We told them to study HISTORY. Then we se their future on FIRE.”

Having a hard time deciding if you can do something to reverse climate change?
Did you join your teenage kids at a climate protest – recently?

What I want to do- Waste is Wealth! Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!
“the greatest
Threat to our
planet is the belief
that someone else
will save it.”

I want to help, if I can….

Instead of suffering from eco-anxiety, I am searching out the stuff that is working to fix it!
There is a lot!

For 1st time, human-made mass now outweighs life on planet Earth

December 2020 – For the first time in history human-made materials now likely outweigh all life on Earth, scientists say in research detailing the “crossover point” at which humanity’s footprint is heavier than that of the natural world.

The weight of roads, buildings and other constructed or manufactured materials is doubling roughly every 20 years, and authors of the research say it currently weighs 1.1 teratonnes (1.1 trillion tonnes).

Re-defining Value – The
Manufacturing Re-volution

Re-furbishment, Re-pair
and Direct Re-use
in the Circular Economy

This UN report, says the adoption of “value-retention processes” could slow down our digging up new raw material by 80-99% and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 79 to 99%.

“We are using the planet’s resources at a faster rate than the planet can replenish them. ” Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said. “The report shows us how we can maintain economic growth and preserve our environment by changing our habits at the industrial level.”

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Muck re-clamation, Waste Separation, Trash Trade, Emissions Capture……all have value…….someone needs what you don’t want – “value-retention process” – it will keep the economy moving and reduce the amount of new material we dig up.

And it works that way! It is working that way! The Circular Economy works. It is a Waste Rush and a Waste Re-think! The Big Boys have started!

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Do you “take care” of any waste at the end of your production line?

DON’T DUMP your waste! 
Say NO to Linear: Take, Make, Waste

SELL your waste !!  
>>Go Circular, close-the-loop !!
Harvest >> Make >>Harvest again

We need to plan for the “value-retention process” in the life-cycle of everything we use; our products, our production systems, and our business plans.
Even the financial guys want this.

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Charlie Chaplin in
“The Gold Rush”

Is this difficult?
Will it cause disruption?
Mind boggling for many?
Yes, it requires a

What I want to do- Waste is Wealth! Trash is Cash! Muck is Money!

It is really very exciting!
A positive eye opener, when you see your own way forward!

No matter how small the issue or how large, I would be happy to try and help you find what you need to know…..so you can join the Circular Economy.
Feel Free to contact me! Let us learn together!

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

R. Buckminster Fuller

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faq??? … What the heck is this blog about?
This blog was set up to encourage and help small and medium size businesses join the Circular Economy, the “waste rush”.  The posts that I have published so far, may give light to some of the new opportunities in closed-loop industrial and commercial thinking. “Waste” and how it relates to the whole question of climate change and resource reclamation.

I am retired. This is my next career. I have the time, interest, energy, technical network and background to help look for the kinds of information you might need to get started or you have come up against a snag/problem you need to solve. All you have to do is ask me. The best that can happen is that you will get answers that help you move forward.

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OH Really? They are set up for the viewer to review the headlines quickly, get the essence of what the post is about and then go back if something looks useful to dig in deeper.
And be sure to go to the end of each post… I include links to other posts for further investigation.

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YES, my service is FREE.  OK, I know what you are thinking.  People do not value something when they get it for free.  So, tell me, what would you want me to charge?

This site is Open re-Source …. give it a try !
“networking” is today = collaborate = share
The content of my blog is “Open Resource”,  open – to encourage – to help you move into the Circular Economy, to collaborate. If I can solve small but real problems for you….why not ask me.

(Maybe: If the subject is something that I think others would like to know about, I will ask you, negotiate with you to write a post about it. A post that does not disturb your privacy. )

faq???… If you want us to ask questions, what kind of questions can I ask?
Almost anything. Ask something like:

  • 1. I don’t have time ” to see what changes are creeping in to my industry”. Could you look for me?
  • 2. Give me an example in my industry of “Don’t Dump, Sell my (name a waste).
  • 3. I run a pawn shop in my town and I get all these appliances that could use a little re-manufacturing. Do you know where I could get the information to set up a re-manufacturing operation?
  • 4. I have an idea for …….  I would like to find organizations that may be interested in helping me with a project like mine; advice, support and funding?
  • 5. Mycelium/Mushrooms – what would be a good business from mushrooms in my city/country?
  • 6. Do you know how I can contact the people who are collecting the plastic in the Ocean Cleanup?
  • >>>or, ask questions about:
    *The biggest Environmental problem you want to solve? *The biggest Circular Economy challenge you are trying to overcome, right now?

faq???… If I ask a question, is my request confidential?
YES! COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL! I have no intention of broadcasting you information. If I find someone who can help you, it will be your responsibility to make contact with that person.faq???… Would you publish your findings on what I ask?

ONLY IF I believe that your question / solution would help others. ONLY IF you give me permission to write a post about it.
WITHOUT YOUR COMPLETE AGREEMENT, it will not happen.faq???… How do I contact you to ask my question?

Just fill in the “contact me” form or send me a message: [email protected]

faq???… Why do you think you can help me answer my question?
I have lots of experience searching the web and I have a technical network of experienced persons in engineering, etc. with whom to help search.
After almost 50 years of concern and dealing* with different aspects of these environmental issues, my 20 years of searching the internet and 15 years of working for an industrial B2B multinational company deeply involved with industrial production, I think I can at least try. My last boss had me do this kind of work all the time. I am retired and this is what I want to do with my time!

It all started in the 70’s, when my husband started reading the Whole Earth Catalog. Do you know that it was President R. Nixon who set up the EPA in the USA in 1970?

* About 45 years ago in the small outer-NY state town that I lived in, I set up something called the “Junk Exchange”with my friends.  Back then there was no internet, no computers. We decided to invite people to one place and set up something that looked like the Stock Exchange.  If you listed one thing that you wanted to give away….you could look over the other items listed and arrange to contact the owner of anything that was listed on the Junk Exchange.  No monetary value was given to anything. Our intent was to find new homes for things people would have thrown in the landfill. Those of us that put the concept together were very impressed and grateful to see that over 100 people showed up at our first event.

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