How To Transform Plastic “Waste” into a Bottle Brick

Read the full post at Shareable.

Bottle Bricks are a simple and accessible technology that can transform everyday plastic materials into a useful building material – plastic bottles stuffed full of trash until they are as compact as bricks. Bottle Bricks are known widely as “EcoBricks” or “EcoLadrillos” in Spanish and have also been called “Portable Landfill Devices.” Bottle Bricks have been used to build houses, school buildings, and other structures for well over a decade in Latin America and they are now increasingly being used around the world as a viable way to clean up the environment; prevent plastic pollution; and create a much needed building material.

Minnesota library loans gently used prom dresses

Read the full case study at Programming Librarian.

16 Tips to Crowdfund a Tool Library In Your Town

Read the full post at Shareable.

Tool libraries are much-loved community resources, and for good reason: they expand access to tools, save members money, and strengthen relationships between neighbors.

However, they aren’t easy to start, but that’s changing. New fundraising, social media, and inventory management tools are making it easier to start, promote, and manage them. Crowdfunding is emerging as a powerful way to start or expand a tool library.

In addition to raising money, crowdfunding can help spread the word about a new tool library. As Gene Homicki, co-founder of myTurn explains, “people who may not have the time or tools to donate, but do have the financial resources to invest in their community, can become invested in the lending library’s success.”

These Lego-Like Roads Are Made From Plastic Trash

Read the full story in Fast Company.

We may soon be driving on last year’s plastic bags and bottles, fished out of the ocean. A new project in the Netherlands is turning plastic waste—especially scraps that couldn’t be used for anything else—into new roads.

How Your Old Jeans Are Warming Houses

Read the full story at TakePart. Learn more about recycling your denim at Blue Jeans Go Green.

Cotton Incorporated is working with Bonded Logic, Inc, manufacturers of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, to give beat-up (not in a trendy way) jeans a second life, and one that is impactful to boot.


Seed Sharing Movement Wins Big with New Legislation

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Since the crackdown on seed libraries by some U.S. states last year, organizers (including Shareable) around the country have been working to protect seed sharing. In both Minnesota and Nebraska, bills that specifically exempt non-commercial seed sharing from commercial seed laws were recently signed into law.

The three biggest circular economy myths holding back businesses

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The circular economy is gaining ground. The European Commission has announced it will present an ambitious circular economy strategy in late 2015, China has set up government-backed association CACE to encourage circular growth, and Japan has been practicing it for decades.

But progress towards a circular or even half-circular economy has been halting. Indeed, when I explain the premise of the circular economy to people, they are less stunned by the opportunity than by our collective disregard for it. Why? The power of inertia is important, of course, but I have also come across a number of myths on the subject. Here are the three most common ones.