Would You Eat Food Made With “Trash”?

Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017 by

Would you eat ketchup made from tossed-out tomatoes? Drink beer made with stale scraps of bread?  If so, join the club. A growing number of companies are making food and drink products out of ingredients traditionally considered waste. And, according to new research, consumers increasingly accept—and even prefer—such products. “Consumers are actually willing to […]

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London’s “Bottletop” Store Recycles 60.000 Bottles for 3D Printed Interior

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by

A new store called Bottletop is opening on Regent Street in London. It has a 3D printed interior made from 60,000 upcycled plastic bottles. If you get swept up in the mania of Regent Street, London this winter, then make sure you stop to visit Bottletop. The store has a 3D printed, up-cycled interior. […]

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Metal recyclers prepare for electric car revolution

Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 by

Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric cars take off. An employee sorts used primary non-rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries before being recycled by the German recycling firm Accurec in […]

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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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