Can airplanes be recycled?

Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by

As a kid, I remember seeing striking pictures of massive jets, tiny turbo props and other aircraft seemingly abandoned in the arid desert. Across the southwestern United States, there are seven major airplane boneyards filled with planes. I always wondered if this was, in fact, where airplanes went to die. It seemed an odd […]

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Artist Gives New Life to Flint’s Empty Water Bottles by Turning Them Into Clothing

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by

  Flint, Michigan doesn’t just have a water problem—it has a water bottle problem. Ever since the 2014 lead contamination crisis, city residents have had no choice but to turn to bottled water for their daily H2O needs. The state is required to give each Flint resident 14 bottles daily, and when you multiply that with its […]

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LA Sets An Example Of Environmental Resistance With recycLA

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 by

Vintage King Audio in Echo Park increased its recycling rate to 90% and its trash bill was cut in half. 2017 has reminded us in stark terms, whether through devastating hurricanes, fires, floods, or record heat waves, that we cannot ignore climate change and that we must take action in every way possible to […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by

Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a […]

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DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around […]

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Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. They found […]

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Columbia Sportswear expands clothing recycling program

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 by

Columbia Sportswear, Portland, Oregon, has announced the roll out of its ReThreads clothing recycling program in more than 100 Columbia stores across the United States to help people recycle used clothing and footwear. From Aug. 9 to Sept. 10, 2017, Columbia says it will make a $1 contribution to a nonprofit organization for every pound of clothing that […]

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What Stuff Do We Throw Away That Takes Forever to Decay?

Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017 by

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everyone has heard this call ad infinitum, but do we really take heed? Yes, sorting your trash is a good start, but that still only ticks one box. Maybe you’re a stellar glass and plastic recycler, never go to the shops without your canvas bag, yet still find yourself struggling to reduce […]

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Non-Profit is Turning Plastic Bottles Into Boats to Help the Community

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by

Recycling and repurposing used plastic waste needs to be at the forefront of the fight against pollution. With millions of tons of plastic getting dumped into the world’s oceans every year, we need to do something to make a positive impact – and luckily, there are many creative people doing just that. Madiba&Nature, a non-governmental organization from […]

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With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by

  Olaff Alejo’s salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them. In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household goods say the absence of wholesale stores […]

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