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4 Recycling Lessons from Around the World

Countries around the world have different recycling practices. Which are the best?Recycle. Easier said than done.  For the most part, we try to do our best to recycle, but are we doing enough? Is there something else that we can do to improve our recycling efforts?

Perhaps learning about how people recycle around the globe could provide a few important lessons. Here are a few: 

China and Waste Processing

China has developed sophisticated processes to handle waste while importing waste from other countries to recycle. Its technologies and processes are still highly regarded globally. The “National Sword” policy has been one of the waste management programs in China since January 2018. It bans all import of plastic products and other materials from other countries. This policy is an effort to halt a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities. 

Swedish Success Story

While the whole of Europe has a great history of recycling and environmental protection, Sweden leads the pack. The Scandinavian country has one of the greatest recycling traditions in the world.

Sweden’s success is based mainly on how its citizens have been made aware of the need to separate their wastes. Swedes separate their waste by category and use different colored bags. Once done, the recycling plants separate materials based on what they can and cannot recycle. The materials that cannot be recycled are then burned as fuel in plants that provide electricity.

They get so few non-recyclable materials that they are forced to import them from neighboring countries.

Japan Aims for Zero Waste

Japan is another success story when it comes to dealing with waste and recycling. The country does have a reputation for cleanliness and discipline, so it isn’t surprising that they have been able to achieve so much.

When you consider the large, highly urbanized cities of Japan, you might expect them to have a hard time dealing with all the garbage, but the characteristics of their culture have helped them to deal with it.

The Japanese have proven to be highly efficient when it comes to recycling and segregating their waste. The government and the Japanese people are doing an excellent job of controlling their waste.

One of the shining examples of the success of Japanese recycling efforts is the town of Kamikatsu. Nestled high in the mountains, it is not easily accessible, so recycling there might be more difficult. However, the residents of the town have taken it upon themselves to organize and separate their wastes. They are also the ones who bring the waste materials to the recycling center.

It is said that they recycle 90% of their waste now, but they aim to recycle it 100%.

The Netherlands, a Model of Sustainability

The Netherlands is another European country that has achieved notable success when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps the best proof of their sustainability in action is the opening of a bike path in the country that is made from recycled plastic. Using recycled plastic in roads has been done in other parts of the world, but the Netherlands was the first country to build a bike path entirely out of the material.

Canadian Tradition

While Canada does not have a very high recycling rate when compared with other countries of the world, the Canadian people have a tradition of donating or giving away things they no longer need. That means things that might end up as waste in other countries are still usable in Canada.

Canada also recycles tires for use in building roads by mixing them with asphalt. They also have started a massive effort to recycle cigarette butts.

Conclusion

These are just some of the recycling lessons from different parts of the world that could help us. Stories like these have inspired us to do our part, which is why we came up with the Bidi™ Cares initiative to promote sustainable vaping.

Thinking of more recycling programs that can help proper waste disposal? We’d love to hear it from you. Contact us now! 

 

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What is Environmental Sustainability?

From theory to practice, Environmental Sustainability is the goal of Bidi™ Cares.

As technological advancements offer society greater convenience and ease, the downside is the potential environmental effects of modernization that may affect future generations.

Improper waste disposal and climate change are starting to show. Amidst the towering buildings and breathtaking innovations, pollution has become a normal occurrence. Seeing murky waters and inhaling unclean air around them are unfortunate side effects of modern life.

Moreover, as the weather becomes even more unpredictable, rising temperatures are slowly melting ice caps and causing droughts. 

The future is bleak for the planet if these problems persist. However, a concept that appeared first in 1987 is slowly gaining popularity and could become the answer to the environmental apathy that humanity has shown for decades: Environmental Sustainability.

What is Environmental Sustainability?

According to the University of Maryland, sustainability is “the ability to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” It is an extensive and elaborate concept that encompasses the economy, the ecology, and human life and health.  

From a sustainability perspective, resources are to be viewed as limited and finite. Thus, it is crucial to keep in mind a long-term view of how we interact with nature and how we utilize our environment. It proposes that if we continue to abuse our resources for the present without finding ways to replenish or take care of them, the future generations–our children and grandchildren–will bear the harmful consequences.

Environmental sustainability dictates that even though we have to supply our own needs, we also have to ensure that the environment is not compromised and that our resources are replaced or are renewable. Clean air, clean water, and fertile land can be considered vital factors to ensure that the economy and society can flourish. However, these are all dependent on the current actions we take and the choices we make.

Unfortunately, our demands do not support sustainability.

The garbage volume and pollution problem, the rising temperatures, and the growing number of extinct species are not good indicators of a promising future. All these are consequences brought about by human disregard and selfishness driven by personal convenience.

If we want our race to survive, the “living in the present” mindset needs to be replaced for good.

Bidi™ Vapor: Supporting a Sustainable Mindset

Many companies mass-produce their product to reach a broader market. The waste production arising from the manufacture of these goods or products will have an impact on the environment.

One of the things we can do on a personal level is to support companies that adopt a sustainable mindset. These organizations create products with the environment in mind and ensure that they find ways to reduce waste.

Bidi™ Vapor is a company that strives for sustainability. Knowing that their vape product, Bidi™ Stick is non-biodegradable, the company created the Bidi™ Cares Program.l.

Ten used Bidi™ Sticks in exchange for a FREE one.  

This incentive is a “thank you gift” that Bidi™ Vapor promises its users for demonstrating a more responsible vaping lifestyle. As Bidi™ Vapor heads toward the future, they join other stakeholders in providing a sustainable future for the coming generations.

For more information, visit www.bidicares.com.

 

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Paper Bags? Grab a Tote Bag Instead

The common eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags is paper bags.  However, the ‘dark side’ of the paper industry suggests another option–the tote bag.

With the recycling movement having become more mainstream, about 60 countries have already enforced a partial or complete ban against single-use plastic bags. Generally, plastics are hard to break down and often litter the oceans, beaches, and forests, endangering wildlife and the environment.  

The gradual ban on using single-use plastics has forced people to find eco-friendly alternatives.  Many establishments opted for paper bags. Paper is biodegradable and would not pollute water and soil, as plastic does. However, as harmless as paper bags may be, there is a dark side to this solution–the paper industry.

The Paper Industry

Industries, especially those of food and retail, adapted to the growing number of single-use plastic bans by switching to paper bags. According to Zion Market Research, the market for paper bags is set to reach 6.35 billion USD by 2025. It started gaining vast popularity in 2018 due to lifestyle changes and the world’s increasing affinity to pair their eco-friendly views with their shopping habits.   

This rising demand for paper bags, however, takes a toll on trees.  About 11 million acres of trees are cut down each year to create paper. On top of that, the pulp and paper industry is the third-largest industrial polluter in the United States, releasing over 100 million kg [what is the equivalent in tons?] of toxic pollution annually into the environment.

Despite the unpleasant side of the paper industry, there is still something you can do. You may opt to use recycled paper instead of virgin paper. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycled paper has 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution.

Yet, there is still another option. Why not try the tote bag?

Reusable Tote Bags

Paper bags are flimsy and cannot withstand heavier loads, aside from their inability to hold wet items for long periods. Thus, tote bags came into the scene and provided a sturdier and more reusable alternative to plastic or even paper bags.

The more we reuse them, the less need we have for both paper and plastic. To further put things into perspective, the UK Environmental Agency states that we need to use a canvas tote bag at least 330 times to counter the environmental impact of a plastic bag used only once!

Before you grab a tote bag, make sure to use one that is made of hemp. A cotton bag has to be reused at least 173 times to compensate for the waste that it produces from production to packaging to disposal. On the other hand, factories can process hemp using fewer resources because they can be produced faster in larger quantities. Its stiffness can also add to the strength it offers when carrying heavier loads.

Conclusion

Next time you shop or do the groceries, opt to bring your own tote bag. They come in various sizes, can be folded and neatly tucked in your bag. 

And for those of you who vape, you can also contribute to a sustainable environment by choosing the Bidi™ Stick, which is manufactured by Bidi™ Vapor. It is made with premium quality materials that allow them to be recyclable.

Bidi™ Vapor, through Bidi™ Cares, its environmental platform, urges Bidi™ users to return their empty Bidi™ Sticks. For every 10 empty Bidi™ Sticks returned, a Bidi™ user receives one free Bidi™ Stick on his or her next purchase.

For more information, visit www.bidicares.com.  

 

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Here is Why World Soil Day is Important

Soil erosion has become an increasing problem, threatening global food security. World Soil Day aims to raise awareness of this important issue.

Often taken for granted, the dirt beneath our feet, helps sustain the food that we need to survive. Nutrients in soil sustain crops, fruit-bearing plants, and trees, therefore all the raw ingredients needed to nourish the human body. Soil is vital for our food security and for the survival of humanity.

The Effects of Soil Erosion on our Environment

In science, we learned that soil erosion is one of the main reasons for natural resource reduction. It happens when wind, tillage, or waterflow weathers away topsoil. Natural disasters like mudslides and floods happen due to soil erosion.

Moreover, harmful activities like abusive farming methods can degrade nutrients for the soil. These adversely affect the quality of the soil. When this happens, the soil becomes less suitable for planting crops and vegetable production.

The loss of fertile land also leads to more pollution and clogs rivers and streams affecting the fish population.

Here are a few reasons why we should take care of the soil and prevent erosion:

Population Growth Increases Soil Erosion

As the world population increases, so does the demand for food. Hence, healthy soil is essential. According to the United Nations, a soccer field of land is subject to soil erosion every five seconds. 

As the population increases, pollution, chemical fertilizers, illegal logging, and deforestation contribute to soil erosion.

World Soil Day encourages every individual, community, organization, and government to be proactive in improving soil health. 

Our Food Supply Depends on Healthy Land

Human survival depends on food, so naturally, the health of the world’s soil is tied directly to the food supply and our very survival.  Soil damage can eventually lead to food shortages and decreases in food quality. Ultimately it will affect the health of the world’s population.

The Future Generations Need It, Too

We are the stewards of Earth’s natural resources. We are responsible for taking care of these natural resources to sustain the future generation. The growing degradation of the soil and the destruction of the environment mandate is calling for action.

Planting trees, adopting new and sustainable farming methods, and building dams to slow down the run-off water will all become necessary steps to mitigate the effects of soil erosion.

World Soil Day

To drum up awareness for the need for global food security, the United Nations (UN) observes  World Soil Day every December 5. Its history goes back to 2002 when the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) recommended commemorating such a basic resource..

In June 2013, the FAO conference officially endorsed it to the United Nations. Then finally, in December 2013, the first official World Soil Day occurred a year later, on December 5, 2014, as designated by the UN General Assembly.

Be a Responsible Recycler

Recycling goes hand in hand with combating soil erosion and other environmentally conscious movements. 

Bidi™ Cares is a program by Bidi™ Vapor, which advocates the recycling of its Bidi™ Stick vape devices. For every 10 used Bidi™ Sticks returned, a customer gets a FREE Bidi™ Stick on their next purchase.

Waste recycling is how Bidi™ Vapor observes World Soil Day. 

Do you have suggestions to lessen soil erosion? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us now! 

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Why We Need National Recycling Week to Last All Year

Recycling is one of the best methods of protecting the environment and to safeguard our health. Participate in National Recycling Week.

Waste, whether household or industrial, has been an increasing problem. It threatens the environment and our health.

The World Bank warned in 2018 that global waste production is estimated to increase by 70 percent by 2050. Two billion tons of waste are churned out by people every year. Unless urgent action is taken, we can expect this number to further increase, given the growing world population and human consumption levels. Complicating things is the gross mismanagement of waste.

The United States is the largest contributor of waste in the world as each citizen contributes an average of over 400 lbs. of garbage a year.

The worldwide campaign to manage waste and protect the environment has resulted in a brief, catchy slogan: Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

There are several ways to manage waste disposal, including landfills, incineration, recycling, and open dump. However, according to the Sensoneo Global Waste Index 2019,  recycling “is the best method for managing waste.” It defines recycling as the process of converting waste into new materials.

In our daily life, recycling becomes familiar to us when we see garbage bins labeled with “biodegradable waste” and “non-biodegradable waste.” These wastes go through different processes of recycling.

National Recycling Week

In Australia, the environmental foundation, Planet Ark, initiated National Recycling Week in 1996. The non-profit organization worked with the community and some business organizations to look for simple ways to take care of the environment. Planet Ark is the largest reuse and recycling information hub in Australia.

The foundation aims to create a sustainable environment through recycling. They help educate people on the importance of proper recycling. Promoting community and industrial recycling initiatives is one of their goals as well.

Additionally, National Recycling Week offers people the tools they would need in recycling at home and in the workplace. These tools are also necessary for minimizing plastic wastes and improper waste disposal in the oceans. Forum discussions on the benefits of recycling are also held during National Recycling Week.

Because of the urgent action needed to address the mounting waste problem, as the World Bank has announced, wouldn’t it be ideal to run the waste recycling campaign for the whole year?

Here are some reasons:

People Forget

Ideally, we should practice recycling the whole year-round. Every day, however, we seem to have a lot on our plate, and we tend to forget. Reminding people only occasionally won’t create a habit. This foundation aims to instill in people’s minds why recycling should be a part of our daily lives. 

We Can Learn a Lot About Recycling

Recycling can be a puzzle with many lessons to learn. Aside from the basics, there are concepts of recycling that the foundation focuses on, such as reusing old products. 

We Can Contribute to the Conservation of Our Natural Resources

In roughly ten years, we may experience a shortage of Earth’s natural resources. However, as soon as we start to conserve, we get to enjoy more of these resources.

Not only that, by actively engaging in the campaign to recycle, we also help mitigate health risks.

Bidi Cares and Recycling

Bidi™ Cares encourages people to take responsibility when we use our vape pens. If you return 10 used Bidi™ Sticks through your Bidi™ account, you are helping cut waste. If you turn in 10 sticks, you’ll receive one for free on your next purchase. Talk about proper waste disposal!

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. We should all strive to create a better place to live in for everyone. 

Recycling boosts sustainability and supports our environment.

Dispose of your Bidi™ Sticks the right way with our Bidi™ Cares recycling program. Save your Bidi™ Sticks, save our planet!