Hands On reports on how a new breed of entrepreneurs are seeing riches in rubbish. On average, Europeans throw out over 300 kg of rubbish per person per year and Europe is running out of land in which to dump it – not to mention the health hazards posed by the toxic chemicals in old batteries, electronic goods, plastics and industrial waste. And, as the consumer lifestyle continues to spread around the world, waste disposal is becoming a global problem. Recycling schemes for glass, paper, metal and plastic have been around for a while. But Hands On uncovers a new breed of waste entrepreneurs: reappraising the most versatile of weeds – hemp; the Dutch sisters who create rubber fashion from old bicycle tyres; the Thai scientists who have developed the eco-friendly fast food container made from cassava; a Pakistan tannery that is recovering the toxic chemicals used to treat leather; and a rubbish collection scheme in one of Africa’s poorest countries.
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