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DIY Father’s Day Gift: How to Make Recycled Plastic Bag Placemats for Your Dad

DIY Father’s Day Gift: How to Make Recycled Plastic Bag Placemats for Your Dad

If your dad is the chef of your family, show him how much you appreciate his meals by making him a set of cool and quirky recycled plastic bag placemats for Father's Day. We got this DIY gift idea from

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Hawaii Officially Becomes the First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Bags!

Hawaii Officially Becomes the First U.S. State to Ban Plastic Bags!

Plastic Bag photo from Shutterstock Los Angeles may have recently become the largest city to ban plastic bags, but Hawaii just knocked it out of the park by banning plastic bags statewide! Honolulu

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Los Angeles Becomes the Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes the Largest US City to Ban Plastic Bags

Yesterday, the City of Los Angeles made eco-history, by enacting a citywide ban on plastic bags. The vote, which passed through the L.A. City Council, made Los Angeles the largest city in the U.S. to ban

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Coca-Cola Opens £15m Plant To Meet Plastic Recycling Targets

Coca-Cola Opens £15m Plant To Meet Plastic Recycling Targets

Drinks giant Coca-Cola Enterprises has opened a £15 million facility in the UK, in the hope of meeting their goal of making 25% of their products recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) by the end of

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Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Researchers at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have released a study that claims plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased by 100 times the amount of what was found in the

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Colorful HádeHaver Bags Are Made from Recycled Plastic Lids

Colorful HádeHaver Bags Are Made from Recycled Plastic Lids

HádeHaver, a collaboration between young designers Sandra Paulo and Bruno Barbosa, is a new company from Portugal that produces unique handmade bags made of plastic lids. The lids lend the bags an

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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Ghigos and LOGh Build a Bizarre Home Extension in Italy Using Recycled Plastic Bags

Ghigos and LOGh Build a Bizarre Home Extension in Italy Using Recycled Plastic Bags

All of the interiors have been made from trash, including a black sack-covered sofa, a plastic hanging light, and striped curtains that add a slight tint to the dirt-proof table and chairs. A

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Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Robson collects her own PET bottles or creates job opportunities for street people who collect bottles in shopping carts. Sometimes she even uses waste collected at the various firms that commission her

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Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

For years, scientists have been working to develop artificial skin for wounded patients and bio-medical research. Now a team from the University of Southern Mississippi has taken the effort one step

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Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Plastics represent one of the biggest waste problems in the world because they take a really, really long time to break down. But a recent discovery by a group of Yale students could help speed the

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New California Plant Will Recycle 2 Billion Plastic Bottles a Year

New California Plant Will Recycle 2 Billion Plastic Bottles a Year

A recycling plant that will recycle up to 2 billion PET bottles a year recently opened this month in Riverside, California. Governor Jerry Brown attended the opening ceremony for the carbonLITE facility

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Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

In order to make wheelchairs more accessible to people in developing countries, two designers are revamping common plastic chairs with a little bit of creative common sense. By affixing the widely

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Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Thatch roofs are a traditional building technology in Ecuador for good reason - they keep a home cool and the reeds can be sourced locally. Unfortunately, thatch has become much harder to acquire as

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NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

Elma, WA-based NewWood Manufacturing has developed an innovative line of composite building panels that are made of 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled wood. In the process, they’ve breathed new life

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Scientists Use Fungus Found in Blue Cheese to Make Self-Cleaning Plastic

Scientists Use Fungus Found in Blue Cheese to Make Self-Cleaning Plastic

Dish soap and sponges could be endangered species if a group of Swiss scientists have their way. Scientists have figured out a way to develop a self-cleaning plastic that, with the help of some special

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NUBE Lights Turns Plastic Bags into Illuminated Modern Art

NUBE Lights Turns Plastic Bags into Illuminated Modern Art

NUBE lights may look like modern art at first glance but they're actually made out of everyday, discarded materials. Each one is made from anywhere from 10 to nearly 100 reclaimed plastic bags depending

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Mind the Plant Garden Planters Are Made from Recycled Plastic from Local Construction Sites

Mind the Plant Garden Planters Are Made from Recycled Plastic from Local Construction Sites

Mind the Plant makes its garden planters from recycled plastic from local construction sites. The woven baskets are manufactured locally by the work integrating social co-op YallaTrappan in Malmo, Sweden.

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San Francisco To Expand Ban on Plastic Bags

San Francisco To Expand Ban on Plastic Bags

Almost five years ago, San Francisco became the first American city to ban plastic shopping bags from supermarkets and chain pharmacies. Now the city is poised to expand that ban to all retail stores and

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“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

2400 of the Rationell Variera IKEA pieces were used to create the Frozen Trees installation. The plastic pieces were connected to a lightweight metal frame and white monochromatic LED lights were

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Rodrigo Alonso Creates Precious Diamond-shaped Seats from 100% Recycled Plastic

Rodrigo Alonso Creates Precious Diamond-shaped Seats from 100% Recycled Plastic

Electronic devices, toys and even stadium seats have been given a second chance, taking the shape of these fantastic diamond seats dubbed '100%'. Made with a low-energy rotomolding technique, these

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Pawel Grunert’s SIE43 Chair is Made from a Cascade of Clear Blue Plastic Bottles

Pawel Grunert’s SIE43 Chair is Made from a Cascade of Clear Blue Plastic Bottles

This watery blue chair by Pawel Grunert is as refreshing as the liquid that was once contained in the plastic bottles it's made from. Called the SIE43 Chair, the piece was constructed for the ‘Eco Trans

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Temporary BLUETUBE BAR is Wrapped With Bright Blue Corrugated Plastic Tubes

Temporary BLUETUBE BAR is Wrapped With Bright Blue Corrugated Plastic Tubes

Unveiled for Queima das Fitas do Porto festival in Portugal, the BLUETUBE BAR uses TUBE-IT, a construction system that uses standard corrugated plastic tubes and plastic clamps. Designed by Dose

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Kids, Parents and Teachers Join Forces to Create a Colorful Installation with 2,100 Plastic Bottles

Kids, Parents and Teachers Join Forces to Create a Colorful Installation with 2,100 Plastic Bottles

Argallios by Kollektivemind was created as an interactive, public installation on the island of Crete in Greece. With the help of students, teachers, parents and locals, over 2,100 used plastic water

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Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

In the run-up to this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Ford announced a plan to recycle around 2 million used plastic bottles for use in its Focus Electric vehicle. The plastic will

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Artists Recycle Washed Up Toys on California Seashore into Beach Plastic Artwork

Artists Recycle Washed Up Toys on California Seashore into Beach Plastic Artwork

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang scour one remote beach in Northern California looking for debris to turn into their poppy and artistic 'Beach Plastic' pieces. Combs, toys, disposable lighters -

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Easy Garbage Transforms and Reuses Eco-Unfriendly Plastic Bags as Trash Bags

Easy Garbage Transforms and Reuses Eco-Unfriendly Plastic Bags as Trash Bags

If you've been looking for an easy and effective way to reuse those eco-unfriendly plastic bags, look no further than Easy Garbage. Created by Spanish design duo Javier Taberner Gomez-Ferrer and Nacho

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Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

Keeping our national parks beautiful should be a nation-wide effort, and the Grand Canyon National Park is hoping to take a step in the new year that would make that easier for everyone by banning the

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Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Eco Lala's recycled bags, clutches, bike accessories, dustbins and even seats will cheer up any person or abode in direct need of some color. Based in Buenos Aires, the brand by Agustina Rozenwasser

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The Eco-Bin Lets You Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags as Trash and Recycling Bags

The Eco-Bin Lets You Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags as Trash and Recycling Bags

Despite our best efforts, sometimes we find ourselves with a few plastic grocery bags in hand. While some toss them carelessly out into the trash, the Eco-Bin gives you the option of reusing them as

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