Upcycling – An Alternative to Recycling


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Upcycling is different from Recycling. Recycling is the process of changing discarded materials into new products to prevent waste.  Upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials or usele…

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

reatment of aluminum cans is the closest to a true upcycling model. These containers can be melted down and made into brand new cans, and in the process save over 90% of the energy required to make brand new cans from scratch. This cycle can be repeated forever, reducing energy consumption and effectively removing aluminum from the waste stream.

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Recycling of EPS Foam


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EPS foam is a highly popular plastic packaging material which finds wide application in packaging of food items, electronic goods, electrical appliances, furniture etc due to its excellent insulating and protective properties.

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

The cost of transporting bulky polystyrene waste discourages recyclers from recycling it.  Organizations that receive a large amount of EPS foam (especially in packaging) can invest in a compactor that will reduce the volume of the products. Recyclers will pay more for the compacted product so the investment can be recovered relatively easier.

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Food for thought


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The next time you are going to waste food, think of that homeless child that will be looking for it in the trash in the cold, harsh winter…

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Salaam and greetings everyone!

This Friday I am looking forward to being in Cambridge and praying behind Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad for my Friday prayers in sha Allah (excitement personified!!) :-D

I hope you all are doing very well and making plans to enjoying your upcoming weekend. Last night, I was thinking, weekends are also a blessing in disguise right? : ) A rest, a break from the norm, spending quality time with family, elongating your ibadah too perhaps?

So there are so many topics that I have thought of putting forward in the coming weeks but feel like I am drowning in my own inspirations. Today I was like even if I send something out just before midnight, I must, otherwise I would just lose out on not sending out anything at all.

Recently I have been having issues controlling my diet and discipline towards over eating (think – nafs/sloth/gluttony desires).

Last night, I was watching a YouTube video about the slums in India and kids digging in to trash dumps to find…

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A Glance at Upcycling


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Upcycling is different from Recycling. Recycling is the process of changing discarded materials into new products to prevent waste.  Upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials or usele…

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Treatment of aluminum cans is the closest to a true upcycling model. These containers can be melted down and made into brand new cans, and in the process save over 90% of the energy required to make brand new cans from scratch. This cycle can be repeated forever, reducing energy consumption and effectively removing aluminum from the waste stream.

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Solid Waste Management in Iraq


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Iraq is estimated to produce 31,000 tons of solid waste every day with per capita waste generation exceeding 1.4 kg per day. Baghdad alone produces more than 1.5 million tons of solid wastes each year.

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Rapid increase in waste generation production is putting tremendous strain on Iraqi waste handling infrastructure which have heavily damaged after decades of conflict and mismanagement. In the absence of modern and efficient waste handling and disposal infrastructure most of the wastes are disposed in unregulated landfills across Iraq, with little or no concern for both human health and environment.

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Waste-Free Growth Model


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Growth from trashing the planet was never a clever idea and linear economics has now reached the end of the line. The ‘more is better’ economy does not need to be stimulated to grow nor…

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

A switch towards waste-free growth would preserve and regenerate material value and natural capital instead of losing it, so growth would work to build the physical basis for more growth. 

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Beneficial Uses of Yard Wastes


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Some towns have started requiring special disposal bags that carry stiff price tags for residents who wish to have their yard waste just go away.  As an alternative to disposing of your yard waste, converting it into mulch or compost can save you money as well as provide valuable nutrients for your lawn and garden.

Salman Zafar‘s insight:

Composting allows you to accomplish multiple goals. Just as with creating mulch, composting allows you to dispose of yard waste in an environmentally responsible manner.

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