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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.    

GrowUpBox: A shipping container farm that grows tilapia and salad greens

June 28th, 2013 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

GrowUp’s Kickstarter-funded aquaponic farm is a circular ecosystem with 150 fish, all self-contained in a box. At the Marlborough Playground in London this summer you’ll see a modified, upcycled shipping container with a greenhouse on top–dubbed the GrowUpBox.  It is producing both fresh vegetables and fresh fish, all in one compact set-up.    

Electronics recycling has risen sharply in the past 3 years

April 24th, 2013 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

According to a recent online survey, electronics recycling has sharply risen in the past three years. General recycling is at all-time high levels, with 84 percent of U.S. residents recycling their trash – helped no doubt by the widespread availability ofcurbside recycling programs in many communities.    

New bricks fabricated out of junk we aren’t using

January 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Millions of tons of waste from factories, building sites, and processing facilities are being turned into something besides landfill with a technology that has led researchers to fabricate bricks out of TVs, computers, paper waste, incinerator ash, rubble and other materials that were conventionally considered useless.    

New twist on trash pickup in Portland, Ore.

June 28th, 2012 at 8:27 am » Comments (0)

Portland’s new policy encourages composting. Forty years ago, Portland, the largest city in Oregon, pioneered five-cent deposits on beverage container.  Now they are advocating a new approach to garbage collection that has some U.S. communities taking notice.

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