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Plastics recycled for use on roads

December 11th, 2018 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

As plastic increasingly chokes the world’s landfills, and China announced last year it didn’t want to buy recycled plastic anymore, the what to do with it all has become a pressing question. Why not recycle it and use it to build roads? Bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt will be cheaper and last longer […]



Ocean plastic is a huge problem. Blockchain could be part of the solution.

October 26th, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

It’s all about stopping the flow of plastic into the marine environment. Plastic Bank uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to give people living in impoverished areas an incentive to recycle. The world’s oceans are awash in plastic, and the problem is only getting worse. Each year, 8 million metric tons of plastic debris ends up […]



Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

March 25th, 2016 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender - the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.



Is the Era of Recycling Over?

October 20th, 2015 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

You probably do some form of recycling if you live in the U.S. You probably separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that […]



3Dom releases first-of-its-kind coffee 3D printed filament

September 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

The burning of fossil fuels and plastic waste are devastating to the planet.  3D printing has the opportunity to move away from non-toxic, non-petroleum-based plastics from the get-go and 3Dom is on a mission to produce environmentally friendly filament.  Their latest is called “Wound Up” and, to put the third ‘r’ in “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, the material […]



Canadian scientists are developing a system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel

July 30th, 2015 at 8:02 pm » Comments Off

An industrial carbon dioxide recycling plant is being developed by Canadian scientists that could one day suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it into a zero-carbon e-diesel fuel. Developed by tech start-up Carbon Engineering and partly funded by Bill Gates, the system will essentially do the job of trees, but in places unable to host them, […]



Grow your ashes into a tree with the Bios Urn

January 27th, 2015 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

How would you, your loved ones, or even your pet like to grow into a tree after death?  It is now possible with the Bios Urn.



Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its garbage

September 12th, 2014 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

Sweden burns half its rubbish to generate energy. People in Sweden generally waste as much as people in other countries, around 461 kilograms per person each year.  But only one percent of that waste is ending up in landfills, thanks to the country’s innovative “recycling” program. (Video)    



New recyclable plastics discovered ‘by accident’

June 27th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

The discovery includes stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn. A collection of new plastics that are recyclable and adaptable have been developed by researchers – and the discovery began with a laboratory mistake. They include strong, stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn.    



Japanese inventor finds solution to global trash problem by converting plastic to oil

November 4th, 2013 at 2:30 pm » Comments Off

This YouTube video about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views. This shows that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.    



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