Giorgia Marino

Giorgia Marino – Chief editor of Materia Rinnovabile | Renewable Matter. Freelance journalist and web editor, her writing is focused around the environment and innovation. She has been the editor-in-chief of Greenews.info and now writes for various magazines, including the Italian national newspaper La Stampa.

Architects of Ecosystems: Will Fungi Shape Our Sustainable Future?

Using fungi and their extraordinary characteristics to “grow” construction materials and degrade pollutants: this is the vision underpinning many studies that soon may lead to real...

Climate: will plastic be the new coal?

“If plastic were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter." Thus begins Judith Enck, president of the American NGO Beyond Plastics, in presenting a r...

Plastic waste from Covid-19: over 8 million tons generated worldwide

The fight against single-use plastic consumption has never been harder than in the past two years. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the (human) world's hunger for plastic ...

Reusable packaging: the Loop system conquers supermarkets all over the world

The Loop system is a great idea, and it was clear from the start. Large retailers are finally starting to understand it now. The platform for reusable packaging invented by Tom Sz...

The Slum Economy: an alliance between circular and informal

According to the United Nations, today, over a billion and a half people live in informal settlements and by 2030 that figure could soar to 3 billion. So, the issue of future circu...

Sustainability in two dimensions: it’s time for graphene and 2D materials

The future may be two-dimensional. At least, the future of materials. Since 2004, when the two Russian physicists Gejm and Novosëlov succeeded in isolating the first monoatomic la...

How a holistic waste management system could cut CO2 emissions

The optimization of the waste management system worldwide could cut down 2.76 billion tons of CO2 per year, or 5% of total global emissions. It’d basically be as effective as groun...

Circular cities and the informal economy: Africa is now hungry for data

The spread of circular economy practices and principles in developing countries often runs up against the obstacle of a lack of data. The problem grows even bigger when working in ...

World Environment Day: conservation is no longer enough, it’s time for restoration

The year 2021 started with some news that mostly went unnoticed, as, after all, did many other things in a pandemic-dominated year-long news cycle. A study published in Nature esti...

WEEE: illegal trade of electronic waste must be stopped to achieve EU goals

Countries in the European Union collect and recover more end-of-life electrical and electronic devices than the rest of the world. This work, however, is still not sufficient to ac...

Turkey like China: stop to the import of plastic waste

It’s Turkey’s turn to be tired of accepting plastic waste from Europe. With an amendment published on May 18th in the Official Gazette, the Turkish Ministry of Commerce has banned ...

What We Waste: 41 billion bottles and cans are littered every year in Europe

There are over 41 billion plastic and glass bottles and beverage cans that every year, in Europe, escape the recycling circuit and end up in landfills, incinerators or, worse, in r...

To face complexity, we need to rediscover awareness of the limitations

Embracing complexity implies widening one's field of vision and learning to understand and consider the interconnections between phenomena, even those that seem too distant to matt...

Clothing recycling: the first automated plant for textile waste is in Sweden

Textile and fashion industry have a huge circular potential that has yet to be developed. One of the main issues currently holding back the application of the circular economy in t...

International Atomic Energy Agency: this is how nuclear decommissioning becomes circular

We’re back on the topic of nuclear power. 2021 may mark the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, which on March 11th, 2011 rekindled the fear of the risks of atomic energy ...

The Right to Repair comes into force, but only for certain products

Spring brings a lot of news for the household appliance sector in Europe. Starting from March 1st, new energy labels have been introduced and, above all, the long-awaited and much-...

How to recycle a nuclear power plant

From Italy’s point of view – a country that stopped the production of nuclear energy in its territory after the 1987 referendum – nuclear decommissioning is an old story that is st...

In Sydney, the harbor pavilion will be made of recycled oyster shells

New frontiers for circular architecture: in Australia oyster shells become building materials.The new Sydney Harbor Pavilion, designed by architects Jessica Spresser and Peter Besl...

Bioplastics: Novamont Acquires Norway-Based Biobag

From Novara to Norway, and then to the whole world. Novamont, the Italian bioplastics giant, has taken an important new step in its international expansion with the acquisition of ...

Enough Is Enough: Overpackaging in the Food System

In Europe alone, the demand for plastic is close to 50 million tonnes a year, 40% of which is packaging. And almost entirely single-use. This is too much. Examples of overpackaging...

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlè named the world’s top plastic polluters for the third year

Coca-Cola has conquered, for the third year in a row, the unenviable podium of the top plastic polluter in the world. This was stated in the latest report by the Break Free From Pl...

Contaminated Earth. FAO: no more pristine soil on the planet

Food security, water, monitoring the greenhouse gas cycle, maintaining biodiversity: all these ecosystem services depend on the health of the soil. And yet, there is no land on the...

Europe: another step toward the right to repair

The war is not yet won, but there has been another successful battle. With a vote in the European Parliament on 25th November, the campaign for the right to repair scored an import...

The Stakeholder Conference: a place to discuss the future of the European circular economy

“It’s all about you”. With these words, on 3rd November, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans inaugurated the 2020 Circular Economy Stakeholder Con...

Plastic packaging: in the EU, Covid boosts the single-use and pushes recycling targets away

Europe is far from the plastic packaging recycling targets it set for itself. Take this step forward, and it will not reach those of 2025 nor those of 2030. This is the conclusion,...

The responsible return of trade fairs. Ecomondo in the time of Covid

The purpose of travel is not just leisure and exploration. People also move around for business and work, and the business travel sector took a heavy hit due to the Covid-19 pandem...

The Atlantic Ocean contains more plastic than we thought

Plastic, or rather microplastic is added to plastic. And the Atlantic Ocean is even more contaminated than we feared. This is demonstrated by a new study by Katsiaryna Pabortsava a...

Germany wants to charge suppliers of throwaway items for abandoned waste

Packaging, cigarette butts, plastic cups and all sorts of throwaway items carelessly abandoned on the street or in parks. How much does it cost to collect and dispose of them corre...

Desertification: Is Europe on the Brink of a Soil Crisis?

Desertification, spurred by soil exploitation and climate change, is today an increasing threat also in Europe. Measures to prevent it are not enough. A coordinated strategy is lac...

Future Water. Evolution and Revolution of the Water Service

Over half a billion euros for the next five years. Gruppo Cap, the 100% publicly-funded company managing the integrated water service in the Metropolitan City of Milan and currentl...

The Museum of the Non-discarded

Some define it as the Sistine Chapel of the poor, a humble Louvre, a Divine Comedy of work tools, of waste and worn out shoes. Famous critics regard it as an extraordinary and uniq...

Oil and bicycle: in Siena the recovery starts from sustainability

The post-Covid recovery will have to start from the territories, from the communities and from sustainability. The initiative launched by Sienambiente for a green recovery of the P...

Amazon, Do not destroy

The first law in the world banning the destruction of returned or unsold products has been passed in France. This happened following the wave of indignation unleashed after the rel...

Rethinking the Chinese Economy

  When was the circular economy idea first introduced in China? “As far as I know the idea of circular economy (CE) was first introduced in China in the late 1990s, by research...

The Circular Republic of China

In Shanghai, the city’s administration excels in its commitment to electronic waste recycling, an ongoing ordeal that emerged from China’s digital boom. Urban mining potential is b...

There's Good in CO2 (If You Know How to Find It)

  The area of Turin known as “Innovation Mile”, between the Po and Dora Riparia rivers, is home to a large number of innovative companies and technological institutes. The newes...

The Right to Repair

A washing machine is not forever, there’s little doubt about this. But, if buying an appliance used to be a long-term investment, nowadays this is no longer true. Whether obsolesce...

A Tyre's Sense in Music

Music is born out of silence. And silence can stem from a discarded tyre, after years spent squealing on tarmac. The project for the acoustic improvement of Parma’s Toscanini Audit...

Power to Imagination. The Radical Green Future of Ecotopia 2121

  Radical, visionary, eccentric, ironic, and firmly outside the box. Shamelessly, boldly and irreverently utopian. You can love it or hate it, but you can surely not remain indi...

REbuild: To Decarbonise Construction We Need to Close the Loop

We need a paradigm shift, even in the construction sector. Deep, fast and pervasive. In one word, ground-breaking: or better “disruptive,” as the innovator’s jargon calls it. Innov...

An (Almost) Perfect Circle: Paper Recycling in Italy

Making a virtue of necessity. This has always been the mantra in the Italian paper industry. A Country of “poor” forests that are not particularly productive in terms of biomass, t...

The Plastic Route no Longer Leads East

A little girl plays among heaps of packaging and plastic waste coming from every corner of the world. She “fishes” for dead fish in a polluted stream, whilst sheep graze on bubblew...