Meet the Incredible People Who Are Turning Plastic Bags Into Mats to Help the Homeless

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by

Karen Lower has found a way to make crocheting cool – and waterproof! She always loved to crochet but when she saw people crocheting with old plastic bags on Facebook, she had a brilliant idea. Why not make mats for the homeless out of plastic bags? She immediately reached out to Buffalo’s Good Neighbors, a […]

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Repurposed MATERIALS

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by

First off, what is “repurposing”?  Here is a 2 minute video, from Founder and President Damon Carson, explaining what the excitement is all about! What is repurposing?  It is taking a byproduct or waste stream such as a retired street sweeper brush and giving it a 2nd life as a backscratcher for horses or […]

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Grandmas Use Discarded Plastic Bags To Make Beds For The Homeless

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by

You might not think much of those plastic shopping bags you’ve been hoarding in the kitchen, but a group of resourceful older women in Tennessee are putting this item to good use by helping the homeless. Meet “The Bag Ladies.” These women from Union City found each other around two years ago at church and […]

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Coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by

As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of […]

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India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by

The environmentally conscious approach to road construction was developed in India around 15 years ago in response to the growing problem of plastic litter. As time wore on, polymer roads proved to be surprisingly durable, winning support among scientists and policymakers in India as well as neighboring countries like Bhutan. “The plastic tar roads have […]

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Levi Strauss & Co: Bring Us Your Old Jeans

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by

You’ll wear them. Live in them. Love them. Make them your own. And after a few years with that perfect fit, you’ll probably toss them. That’s it. The life of a pair of Levi’s. On average, that life lasts a little over three years (although they’ll last for decades if you take care […]

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Freight Farms

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by

i Jon Friedman (left) and Brad McNamara (right) are the co-founders of Freight Farms. Courtesy of Freight Farms The United States imports more than $100 billion of food every year from farms across the globe, often in the big metal shipping containers you see on cargo ships. Now, entrepreneurs are using those shipping containers […]

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New Zealand company has developed a way to recycle worn-out carpets into children’s bicycles

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

For the past several months, carpets have found a highly unconventional second life as bikes. Jenny McIver and her husband Rich – New Zealanders who have recently returned home after several years in New York City – run Wishbone Design, a product design company. Together they have […]

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London’s red phone boxes go green

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by

The iconic red phone box of London has been painted green, and will act instead as a solar-powered phone charging station. London’s red telephone boxes of yore are largely disused, although recent initiatives have seen some converted into miniature libraries or equipped with emergency medical equipment. […]

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The house made from 4,000 video cassettes and two tonnes of jeans

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 by

The Brighton Waste House is Britain’s first house made almost entirely from rubbish, including chalk, coffee cups and lights en route to Bangladesh Toothbrushes, along with video cassettes are being tested for their insulation qualities. Chalk is also being tested after a lorry-load of it heading for landfill […]

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