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San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

In a sweeping 10-1 verdict, the San Jose City Council has officially banned all single use plastic shopping bags and barred retailers from giving away paper bags yesterday. The ban will take effect on

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War Bowl Made Out of Little Plastic Army Men

War Bowl Made Out of Little Plastic Army Men

If you're a grownup who still secretly loves having toys around (don't worry, you're not alone), this awesome bowl might be just the way for you to do it without breaking your sophisticated adult facade.

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Lovely Luxe Jewelry Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Lovely Luxe Jewelry Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Another design which caught our attention earlier this year at the London Design Festival was this incredible design by Florie Salnot at RCA's Sustain show. Salnot spent time working in Saharawi refugee

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Each year nearly 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US -- any only 7 percent of them are recycled. The plastic scourge clogs waterways and takes hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic

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Plastic Film Bends in Sun to Passively Ventilate Homes

Plastic Film Bends in Sun to Passively Ventilate Homes

Inhabitat recently posted a story about a new photosensitive material that bends in sunlight. An alternative film, called c))motion, is already in production but has a slightly different application. In

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BOTTLES UP! Fiji’s First Recycled Plastic Bottle Boat

BOTTLES UP! Fiji’s First Recycled Plastic Bottle Boat

A clever play on words, Bottles Up is a cute, little plastic bottle boat crafted by the owner and employees of the Rain Tree Lodge - an eco backpacker's hotel on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The boat

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Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

The plastic waste found in our oceans and landfills doesn't have to be a blight on the landscape - it can be beautiful too. The Convergence Exhibition, which opened last month at the Lumenhouse in

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Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

The site for the music studio is located near a water purification plant that was considered far too noisy for residential housing to be constructed around. However the site was also part of a large urban

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Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami on November 19th - not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they're an installation by the Cracking Art Group and Galleria Ca’

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Electrolux Unveils “Vacs From the Sea” Made From Plastic Waste

Electrolux Unveils “Vacs From the Sea” Made From Plastic Waste

Electrolux is a home appliance manufacturer and a large consumer of plastics, many of which are not recycled -- but they'd like to change that. They claim that there is not enough quality recycled plastic

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Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

If you’ve been on the hunt for non-toxic cleaner that also boasts a long-lasting reusable bottle, then Replenish may be just the thing you're looking for. This household cleaner is shipped in small pods

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Cambridge University Produces Cheap Plastic Organic Solar Cell

Cambridge University Produces Cheap Plastic Organic Solar Cell

The University of Cambridge has developed a low cost organic solar cell that has the potential to transform solar production. This new material is made of organic plastic and could be used on awnings,

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American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

With California's proposed statewide ban on plastic bags swept aside as collateral damage of the state's broken political system, American Samoa emerged as the first U.S. state or territory to ban plastic

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Oil Fence Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Oil Fence Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

YankoDesign pointed us to a pretty smart (and timely) way to reuse plastic bottles to clean up oil spills. Designed by Min A Namgung, it's basically a series of rubber caps that screw onto the tops and

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Green Street Cooking Tools Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Green Street Cooking Tools Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

You can't call yourself a cook if you don't have a sauce spoon and spatula at your disposal. Go green with these super-affordable Green Street Cooking Tools by Robinson Home Products. Available in simple

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Plastic Bag Monsters Invade San Francisco to Support Bag Ban!

Plastic Bag Monsters Invade San Francisco to Support Bag Ban!

This week, California lawmakers are meeting to discuss monumental legislation that could banish plastic bags once and for all from The Golden State. To raise awareness for this landmark move, a hundred

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Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

If you're moving or renovating, you may find yourself in the market for new furniture. In the past, shopping for furniture mainly meant comparing colors, price and style, but these days many conscious

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Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Clay: it's good for more than just pottery. A report in the American Chemical Society's Macromolecules journal claims that natural clay could be used to produce a cheap, flame-retardant substance that

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California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Take a good look at that plastic supermarket bag sitting in your kitchen. If you live in California, it might soon be a relic of the past. The state Assembly voted 41 to 27 yesterday to to ban plastic

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Stunning Chandelier Made from Recycled Plastic Hangers

Stunning Chandelier Made from Recycled Plastic Hangers

Taking some plastic hangers in one hand and a pendant light in another, Luis Teixeira turned this unlikely combination of materials into an incredible crystalline masterpiece. But it doesn’t stop there

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LOTO Chandeliers Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

LOTO Chandeliers Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

These stunning sculptural chandeliers are far from what they appear to be. Modeled after the precious lotus flowers that emerge from murky swampland, Eugenio Menjivar’s LOTO Lamps transform oceans of

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Waste Combustor Turns Plastic into Clean Energy

Waste Combustor Turns Plastic into Clean Energy

Just think about all the plastic people use every single day--bottles, Tupperware, packaging--the list goes on and on. Now imagine if all that plastic were diverted from the recycling plant or landfill

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Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Peak oil signifies disaster for plastics producers -- ethene, one of the raw materials used to make plastics, relies on abundant supplies of oil for production. But Dutch researcher Tymen Tiemersma thinks

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EcoARK Pavilion made from 1.5 Million Plastic Bottles

EcoARK Pavilion made from 1.5 Million Plastic Bottles

Here at Inhabitat we've showcased a host of amazing structures made from repurposed bottles, but we've never a project as polished and sleek as this. The Far Eastern Group sponsored this three story

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Architects Envision Hawaii-Sized Island Made of Recycled Plastic

Architects Envision Hawaii-Sized Island Made of Recycled Plastic

There are millions of pounds of plastic swirling out in the ocean and the best way to take care of it would be to collect it all and recycle it. Whim Architecture, from the Netherlands, is proposing to do

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Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, plastic bags, plastic bags. Since they don't seem to be vanishing any time soon, designers keep coming up with ways to reuse them. The most recent and fascinating of these developments is

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Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

While a party guest suggests to Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate that "There's a great future in plastics," nobody could have predicted that they'd one day be used to make houses! Plastic waste

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IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a method of creating highly recyclable plastics from one of the most eco-friendly materials around - plants. Not only are the material's components

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Nike Unveils World Cup Soccer Jerseys Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Nike Unveils World Cup Soccer Jerseys Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

ATTENTION GREEN SOCCER FANS Nike recently unveiled its new team jerseys for the upcoming World Cup and here's the kicker (pun intended) - they're made from discarded plastic bottles! That's right, the

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Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Osaka University recently unveiled a recycling robot that uses lasers to sort out different types of plastics. The robot, designed by IDEC, the Photonics Advanced Research Center, and Mitsubishi Electric

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