Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Recycling


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.



Hydrovolts tap canal currents for 12 kW of power apiece

June 7th, 2012 at 9:30 pm » Comments (0)

Powerful new power options. Irrigation canals are the blood vessels of agriculture, delivering water throughout America’s farmland. Pretty soon, they may well deliver a bit of electricity too, thanks to the Hydrovolt micro-generator. The Hydrovolt C2, designed and built by the same-named Washington state company, is a compact car-sized device that sits on a irrigation […]



Artist recycles stuffed toys to make stunning, psychedelic rugs

January 17th, 2012 at 4:31 pm » Comments (0)

Recycled stuffed animals never looked so good! Artist Agustina Woodgate makes her skin rugs out of recycled stuffed animals. Keep her away from your cherished teddy bear. Her Skin Rug series consists of a group of rugs made out of dissembled stuffed animals and turned into large quilt-like rugs that almost look like a kaleidoscope…



Solar heater made from can lids will boil a jar of water

January 6th, 2012 at 2:09 pm » Comments (0)

Recycling can lids can turn into a heated situation. It takes two hours on a sunny day, but this solar heater built by engineering students at Humboldt State University in California works. It’s made from waste materials, specifically can lids. These are held together by vines from Himalaya blackberry plants, which are an invasive species […]



Re-Wine is a clever recycling idea

December 25th, 2011 at 1:05 am » Comments (0)

The Re-Wine redesign reuse system in action. Re-Wine is a clever design that transforms from a reusable, biodegradable carrying case for your wine into a lamp shade that uses the empty bottle as the base. If you’re not looking for a new lamp, the case also has interlocking joints that allow it to be connected […]



Amazing 3D landscapes carved out of books

December 25th, 2011 at 12:45 am » Comments (0)

Books with a literal view. “So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes”, says interdisciplinary artist Guy Laramee who, in the course of his 30 years of practice, found his way through such varied and numerous disciplines as : stage writing, stage directing, contemporary music writing, musical instrument design and building, singing, […]



60 recycled shipping containers transformed into London’s Boxpark Shopping Mall

December 8th, 2011 at 4:11 pm » Comments (0)

Recycling takes on a new form at Boxpark. Boxpark is a new shopping mall built from standard-sized recycled shipping containers. Located in London’s ultra-hip east end, the shops are achingly trendy, with the majority selling tee-shirts, shoes and some jeans. All with attitude, of course. The container village is painted black and white and contains […]



Reused tires make a squid-like playground for refugee children

September 25th, 2011 at 7:23 pm » Comments (0)

When Go Play! announced a competition to design an innovative playground for 1,000 refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma, Dutch designer AnneMarie van Splunter thought of old car tires. To be specific, she thought of a playground made entirely out of reused tires on a bamboo frame, made in the shape of […]



Frii bicycle made of recycled plastic

July 25th, 2011 at 7:08 am » Comments (0)

Frii plastic bike The ultimate green machine will not only be human-powered, but will be made of recycled materials like the Frii prototype plastic bike, despite various takes on the perfect mode of eco-friendly city transport.    



Coworking 6