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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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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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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Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like […]

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The Worlds First Mall For Recycled Goods

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is a mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. It combines a traditional municipal recycling centre with a shopping centre, so that people can drop off goods that they no longer need, and then browse for something new – perhaps stopping off at the cafe in between. It’s the first mall of […]

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When is composting better than recycling ?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Madeleine Somerville June 9, 2016 It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting, repurposing and upcycling all come to mind.  Batteries, bottles, orange peels — […]

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Tips for Starting a Home Composting System

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

What Is Composting? Composting is the process of taking natural organic material, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, grass trimmings, and banana peels, and placing it in a bin, then encouraging it to break down over time into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used on your lawn and garden. Composting at Home State of Composting […]

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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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