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  • CVRD Opts for Railroad Ties of Recycled Plastic

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Brazil’s largest logistics operator and owner of three of its railroads, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), has decided to start using ties made of recycled plastic and rubber rather than the traditional wood.  CVRD owns the railroads Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas (EFVM) and Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica (FCA), and […]

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    Using Crafts to Promote Recycling and Employment

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Last week I introduced you to some cool purses made in Rio de Janeiro and Maranhão from recycled materials, such as banana fiber and PET from drink bottles.
    Here’s more, this time from Curitiba, the capital of Paraná.  Curitiba has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for promoting recycling through environmental education.
    Thus it is not really a […]

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    Trash Photos XIII: Cool Purses

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

    Last year while discussing what I like to call "creative recycling," I introduced you to a purse made of used drink can tabs liberated from the waste stream, plus thread and a thin chain.  At the time, I invited readers to alert me to any more examples of "an interesting or ingenious product made of […]

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    Street Signs from Recycled Plastic

    Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

    The next time you’re in the city of Rio de Janeiro, take a closer look at that street, metro or park sign you’re passing. Chances are good that you’ll discover that it’s made of recycled plastic, rather than metal like traditional signs are.
    In August the city mayor issued a decree ordering all organs associated […]

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    ANVISA Proposes Criteria for Recycling PET / Anvisa propõe critérios para reciclagem de plásticos PET

    Friday, August 17th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) has published for public comment a proposal for a technical regulation setting out criteria for the recycling of packaging and equipment containing the plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET). In essence, the proposal would replace a 1998 regulation not allowing recycled post-consumer PET to enter into contact […]

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