Waste Not Why Not

Waste Not Why Not

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This is a podcast about how NOT to save the environment. In every episode, we look at some of the misinformed ways people try to protect the planet, and what we should be doing instead. Hosted by Nature N8 (Nate Maynard), an environmental researcher working on energy, ocean, and waste issues.


14. Live Episode! Trash, fashion, EV conversion, feat. Lidbot, ViaSweat, Xing Mobility
Oct 29 • 59 min
How do you start a “green” company? How do you make it scale? How do you make sure it’s financially and environmentally sustainable? These are some of the questions we covered on WNWN’s first live show! Held in Taipei on August 31st, we talked with…
13. Garbage Gab 3: Global trash trade
Oct 14 • 12 min
The US and Europe are dumping trash on developing countries, right? China broke recycling, right? Wrong! Since China stopped taking in foreign recyclable waste, people have been freaking out, but, things are a bit more complicated than you think. In this…
12. (Bonus) N8’s takes from Climate Week 2019
Oct 7 • 2 min
Climate Week, some call it the most important week of the year, and best of all, Nature N8 was there this time. Each year NGOs, lobbyists, government officials, spies, flock to NYC to call for greater climate action. In this special bonus episode, hear…
11. Garbage Gab 2: How America failed at waste
Sep 10 • 37 min
Ever wonder why recycling was better when you were a kid in America? Well, it was. This episode, a trash wizard named Alex Danovitch joins N8 to talk trash in the US. The steady corporate growth of trash has tracked Alex’s career closely as he co-founded…
10. Garbage Gab 1: How Taiwan solved waste
Aug 26 • 21 min
This week N8 goes on “Taiwan Insider” to explain how Taiwan turned a 70% waste collection rate into a 60% recycling rate in less than a generation. Starting with an explanation in 60 seconds of how Taiwan fixed its trash problem, N8 and “Taiwan Insider”…
09. Does bio-plastic really biodegrade?
Aug 12 • 19 min
From bio-bags that survive landfills for years to bio-plastics that are actually just polyester, we are awash in confusing disposal messaging. The world is rejecting plastics, but in the quest for an alternative are we actually making things worse? Join…
08. Commitment to 100% renewable electricity - interview with Sam Kimmins, head of RE100
Jul 29 • 38 min
In 2014, IKEA was among the founding members of a global campaign to get the world’s most influential businesses to use 100% renewable power. Known as the RE100, today it’s a consortium of 186 (and counting) companies, including H&M, Nestle, Apple,…
07. Air pollution hurts our brains?
Jul 15 • 27 min
Scientists have seen our brains shrink from long-term exposure to dirty air. In this episode we think through air pollution in a different way. What’s the newest science saying about the health impact of smog? How is new technology changing this field of…
06. Engineering an EV battery system and infrastructure with Daniel Vickery from Gogoro
Jul 1 • 41 min
In part 2 of our series on electric vehicles, we focus on light EV and its battery infrastructure. We continue our conversation with Daniel Vickery, head of engineering of batteries and energy systems at Gogoro, the electric scooter company. We nerd out…
05. Are electric vehicles environmental?
Jun 17 • 18 min
Electric vehicles (EV) have made a comeback since the great EV failures of the 1990’s. Today, ten countries and a handful of cities around the world have planned total ban on combustion engines. The hope is that EV’s would help reduce air pollution and…
04. The Last Straw
Jun 4 • 19 min
Plastic straws are everywhere. Governments and corporations are beginning to enact straw bans. That’s good, right? But does banning plastic straws really help the worst of plastic pollution? In this episode we look at the real damage from straws, and why…
03. Crying Coral Club
May 20 • 22 min
Corals are dying. By 2050 we probably won’t have any corals left in our oceans. But a really cool thing about coral is that it regenerates if we give it the opportunity to. So scientists around the world are trying to figure out how to regrow coral reefs,…
02. Do beach cleanups clean up?
May 5 • 11 min
In 2017, 20-million pounds of litter was collected around the world on International Coastal Cleanup day. Do beach clean ups actually work? And if not, why do we even do beach cleanups? Are we just wasting our time? Should we be doing something else? This…
01. Welcome to the show
Apr 9 • 17 min
For this maiden voyage episode, we give you a sampling of the greatest viral hits of green-wash, to let you know what to expect on this journey into the heart of greenness. This is the first episode of Waste Not Why Not, a podcast about how NOT to save…