The project for the restoration of used furniture and other materials in Malta amalgamated the environmental concern with a social context. People at risk of social exclusion received training in furniture renovation and in recycled creative crafts until they were able to carry out this activity independently. The idea was to assist people who encountered difficulty with securing employment given their particular personal circumstances. At the same time, this project extended the lifetime of furniture and other unwanted material which would otherwise have been disposed of....

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The Re-use Park was started in 2007. First all visitors pass by the three specialised (building material, second hand and repaired goods) shops within the area, after that they enter the re-use station under roof, with three lanes for cars. There they are asked if they have something to donate to second-hand sales. Products that are in good condition could then be sold for re-use in the thrift shops located at the entrance. The rest is sorted into different waste fractions for materials recycling or energy recovery. The park means that 5,5 % of materials that otherw...

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16/07/2012 - Unwanted clothing has become one of the disadvantages of the global "fast fashion" movement, where supply chains are moving at increasingly higher speed to deliver trendy, affordable fashion to consumers of all ages – and force virtually new garments into landfills almost immediately. According to a poll released by British retailer Marks & Spencer, one in five British consumers have dumped clothing worn only a single time into landfills, amounting to an annual €114 million wasted.

The research caps a busy three months of environmental news from...

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