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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

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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

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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!

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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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Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the Plastiki, a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that will be embarking on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney this spring. Built by Adventure

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La Casa de Botellas: Argentinian Home Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

La Casa de Botellas: Argentinian Home Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

La Casa de Botellas, created by the Alfredo Santa Cruz family in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, was constructed from thousands of PET plastic bottles, and was designed as “a tool for promoting ecological and

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New Sugar-Based Plastics Could Be Composted Right At Home

New Sugar-Based Plastics Could Be Composted Right At Home

New research from scientists at the Imperial College of London has led to a breakthrough in plastics that could be composted right at home! Even though there are already plastics made from corn that do

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IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

Chinese designer Xuan Yu’s Rethink hanger caught our attention as a clever concept for storing your threads, but we’re not casting our vote just yet for this “eco” product. Touted as a

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Recycled Plastic Wrap Art!

Recycled Plastic Wrap Art!

If you’ve ever lamented having to throw away a piece of saran wrap, this might cheer you up. This rather striking piece of outdoor eco-art is made out of 10,000 feet of recycled plastic-wrap

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Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Nearly 1.6 billion servings of Coca-Cola-branded beverages are served each day. Now some of them will be just a little bit greener now that Coke has announced the global rollout of its PlantBottle, a

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re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

One of the main principles of permaculture is that “the problem is the solution.” Problem: tons of waste cups created by attendees of the OutsideLands concert in San Francisco. Solution: a

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Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket Made From Recycled Plastic

Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket Made From Recycled Plastic

With fall here and winter on the horizon we're bundling up for brisk weather, and fortunately Zegna is heating things up with their brand new solar-powered Ecotech Jacket. This sharp technical shell is

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Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Recent RPI Masters of Architecture graduate Henry Miller has devised a way to reuse waste plastic as an aggregate in cement, circumventing the energy-intensive process of plastic recycling. By grinding up

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New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

What if we could turn all the plastic waste we create on a daily basis into fuel to power our cars? A Washington, DC-based company called Envion claims it can do just that with a process that turns

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Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has found a new way to rescue our Earth from discarded plastic bottles. In a series called “Found” the designer has cleverly produced a range of super-light

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