- On 2022/6/16
The past month was full of opportunities to meet new people! We visited various people and places to widen our circular economy knowledge.
What did we find out? Take a look!
Could Glass be Reformed into the Sand?
It is 2022. Happy UN International Year of Glass!
The UN General Council approved 2022 as a United Nations International Year of Glass on 18th May 2021.
We visited the AGC’s glass exhibition to celebrate the year of glass.
From the view of the circular economy, glass could be regarded as an eco-friendly material since glass is originally made from the sand. However, when it comes to the end of the lifecycle, we usually collect the sand, manufacture glass, use it, and waste it. Then the glass ends up being buried in the ground.
Believe it or not, AGC Inc. has been working on reforming waste glass into sand and creating an artificial beach.
It looks as if stepping into a new segment of glass circulation. We cannot wait to see how AGC will contribute to the circular economy with the artificial glass sand!
This is How You See the Whole Process of Plastic Recycling
Today’s linear economy has been formed with plastic. Plastic has provided countless profits to our life.
On the other hand, several years have past since plastic pollution became a serious issue that prevents sustainability, but we still see the ocean filled with plastic waste.
That is true.
Even so, it is time to change our behavior and stop allowing the plastic to go on a one-way journey.
Shonan Trading Co., Ltd is a company in Yokohama that is engaged in the recycling business and imports and exports soft materials and equipment. We walked through the journey of plastic transformation. It was very entertaining!
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With the bike, you can crash PET bottle caps into debris. Then, you can melt them with a manual injection molding machine and create new products such as plant pots, buttons, and tokens.
The whole experience process makes us realize that recycling is not as complicated as we think.
We hope many people will get a chance to experience it and learn what plastic recycling looks like!
Seya Youths’ Attempt to Save Their Hometown with Bees
Have you ever thought that bees can save the earth? As we say “Butterfly Effect,” bees also pollinate and maintain the ecological cycle.
Seyamitsu Lab began apiculture in Seya-ward, Yokohama.
The International Horticultural Expo will take place in Seya-ward in 2027. Towards the expo, Seyamitsu Lab began an apiculture project in Seya-ward.
The project team consists of local youths. They aim for the Seya honey to become a new local culture and a symbol of the area.
We will keep our eyes on the project and support them!
[Reference]International Year Of Glass 2022
[Reference]the International Horticultural Expo 202
[Reference]Shonan Trading Co., Ltd
[Reference]Seyamitsu Lab is operating Honey Living Lab in Yokohama (Japanese)