The Story of Cap & Trade
is a short movie that provides a look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis.
We chose to publish here this video because it highlights the importance of ethical practises for the environment, such as recycling.
Source: The Story of Stuff Project & Free Range Studios

In nature substances circulate, are transformed and, in the end, everything is reabsorbed and reutilised. We should learn how to reduce the quantity of rubbish we produce and favour the reutilisation and recycling of materials in every possible way, also because the resources we have are limited. Recycling is probably the cheapest way to save the planet: reducing emissions through recycling is 30% cheaper than through energy efficiency and 90% cheaper than through wind power.
The potential of recycling, composting, biogas, and other waste prevention techniques to reduce emissions is enormous. Please sign a letter to be delivered to climate negotiators in Copenhagen. We hope the new climate treaty, discussed in these days in Copenhagen (7-18 devember 09) will increase recycling through the informal sector, instead of funding landfills or incinerators.
Valcucine has devised the simplest and most complete recyclability of its products by designing them so that the elements of which they are composed can be easily identified and separated when discarded. The plastic parts are marked so that they can be easily identified at the end of their life cycle. To promote recycling of its products, Valcucine is working on having them picked up in the future and on the total recovery of the materials of which they are composed. An example is Invitrum, the new base units, entirely made of glass and aluminium, so completely recyclable and with no toxic emissions.