Used tire recycling facilities help reduce landfill waste by turning waste rubber into mulch, fuel, and crumb rubber – all useful to other businesses. Luckily other businesses are also harvesting would-be waste to create eco-friendly products. Keep reading to learn about these businesses and how they are helping the environment.
Used Tires Transformed into Durable Rubber Footwear
One brand that is doing a great job at recycling and repurposing waste would be Indosole. Indosole is a California-based footwear brand whose manufacturing arm is located in Indonesia. What this certified B corporation brand does is collect waste tires in stockyards and illegal dumping sites and recycle them into durable rubber footwear. Indosole’s commitment to saving a million tires from damaging the environment through the creation of sustainable footwear is worthy of recognition.
Selling Whey to Dairy Farmers
As a chemical engineer, my first job was with a company that designs, builds, and starts up food processing plants. I worked on a project for a plant expansion at a Greek yogurt facility. On this project, I learned that there is a by-product that is separated during the yogurt-making process called whey. The whey is waste to the yogurt company, but instead of throwing it away, it was sold to local dairy farmers to use on their farms.
Jeanne Visser owner of HaveTwinsFirst. She also has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and has worked in both food and chemical manufacturing.
Used Coffee Grounds Become Furniture
Re-Worked is a UK-based company that has used old coffee grounds collected from baristas and coffee shops to make eco-friendly recycled furniture.
Wendy’s Chili Meat
A great example is Wendy’s chili. It is hamburger meat that can’t be served as hamburgers, so they chop it up and add it into their chili. Wendy’s burgers are not stored like Burger King’s are. They continuously cook the meat patties. Once it reaches a point where the quality is less than optimal as a hamburger, i.e. overdone, it becomes “chili meat.”
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