Buy Seedbombs in Bubble Gum Machines
Created 9/18/2010 10:58:17 AM 
†A dilemma recently faced Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud of Los Angelesís Commonstudio design firm. ďA family member had a vending machine hobby for years, and we we're lucky enough to inherit a handful of them,Ē Phillips says. ď[But] it didnít feel right to just fill them up with candy.Ē Then they lit upon a new version of an old idea: seedbombs.
Recycle Chewing Gum into Toys and Tires
Created 9/1/2010 9:05:02 AM 
†Cleaning gum off pavement takes money and energy. Itís usually done with high pressure steam, which can end up eroding the surface and shortening its lifecycle, taking up more money and energy in repairs and replacement. A new chewing gum recycling campaign has started and if it takes off perhaps it will mean the end of those unsightly gum spots on paved surfaces.
Turn E-waste into Clean Electricity
Created 5/19/2010 8:51:46 AM 
You know how all that plastic crap is piling up in our landfills and polluting our oceans? When you think of recycling electronics, no doubt you imagine the old PC or mobile phone being disassembled, and itís metal and plastic parts melted down to be repurposed. But for some people, it means reusing the parts to generate energy.
Staple-Free Eco Stapler
Created 3/26/2010 7:40:20 AM 
You know this gadget, ever present in every office. A stapler is a mechanical device that joins sheets of paper or similar material by driving a thin metal staple through the sheets and folding the ends. If each one of the UK's ten million office workers used one less staple every day, 120 tons of steel would be saved each year. For comparison, the construction of the Staples Center in downtown LA used 2,500 tons.
Find Riches in Recycling Carpets
Created 2/5/2010 8:41:58 AM 
According to the EPA, about four billion pounds of carpet go into the waste stream every year in the USA alone - much of it is used, some is new carpet left over from building construction. A lot of that carpet (and carpet backing) is made of cheap, durable polypropylene fiber, which makes up about 80% of the sales for commercial carpet.
The New Tire Recycling Business
Created 1/29/2010 8:54:11 AM 
Itís like finding money on the street: the average tire contains the same energy as seven gallons of oil, and it has a heat content up to 16% higher than coal. Thatís one reason why tire recycling is starting to catch on in a big way. Itís finally starting to put a dent in the notorious tire dumps in the U.S., many which are illegal.
Upcycle your Broken Windshield
Created 12/9/2009 8:08:59 AM 
Windshields take a lot of landfill space. And new glass manufacturing contributes to global warming. New glass requires energy and transportation-intensive mining. Manufacturing new glass uses intense heat in an already warming climate. Recycling windshields saves valuable and declining landfill space, releases zero CO2 and cuts the carbon footprint.
†Recycle Fishing Nets for Profit
Created 8/17/2009 8:15:49 AM 
The The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified marine debris as a significant problem, contributing to stress on fisheries and even interfering with navigation. The Pacific Garbage patch is only the surface manifestation of a marine debris problem that extends to the ocean floor.
Does your Waste Smell like Money?
Created 7/29/2009 9:16:38 AM 
The Suwa Basin, in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan is home to mineral springs as well as to precision machining companies and metal plating facilities. All of these are thought to contribute to the high concentration of gold in their wastewater sludge. The sewage treatment plant is a modern day urban mine extracting more than 4 pounds of gold from each ton of the fly ash that it produces from processing wastewater!
Save BIG with the Self-Recharging Battery
Created 7/22/2009 9:01:10 AM 
As we all know, batteries don't last forever. And when the flashlight dims you may be left with a double handful of toxic heavy metals to get rid of somehow. Until very recently mercury has been the main villain, but in addition to mercury, other hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, and silver lurk in those little cylinders.


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