Recycling / Compost

Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The "Dumpcano" as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic

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German Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

German Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Tired of fast fashion filling up the landfills? Freitag - the company known for repurposing truck tarps into bags - is making apparel that can be tossed into the compost when you are done with it. Made

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly

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How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

  In our quest for a better aquaponics, we each face our challenges. Here in Wisconsin, we average five feet of snow in wintertime along with temperatures below -20°F, and often go two solid

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of rubble that often head straight for the landfill. Omer

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

It can be hard to resist upgrading your gadget for the latest shiny device, but have you ever wondered what becomes of old electronics once they get replaced? This infographic from eCycle Best shows why

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DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a

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The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

In a furniture lineup, few chairs are be as recognizable as the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair. This design, by everyone's favorite Modernist design duo Charles and Ray Eames, has become one of the most

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Should Human Remains be Composted as a Soil-Building Project?

Should Human Remains be Composted as a Soil-Building Project?

Everything that lives will eventually die: it's the one absolute that can be counted on. One question that comes to everyone's mind eventually is what to do with their body after they've passed away; some

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

By now most people know how important it is to recycle bottles and cans - but do you know what happens to your used containers once you toss them in the blue bin? I Want to Be Recycled has launched a

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three

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Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

The Windy City is turning into a hotbed of sustainable urban agriculture. Entrepreneur John Edel is transforming The Plant, a 1920s era meatpacking facility in Chicago's industrial Back of the Yards

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Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Dutch designer Richard Hutten just unveiled his new Layers Cloud Chair, which is set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair. The chair is made entirely from Kvadrat's multicolored Divina fabric, and it

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Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

You wouldn't expect cardboard to be strong enough to build load-bearing infrastructure, but that's exactly what ingenious architect Shigeru Ban used to build a bridge across the Gardon River in France.

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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This Recyclable Cardboard Standing Desk Costs Just $65

This Recyclable Cardboard Standing Desk Costs Just $65

Instead of paying upwards of $500 for a standing desk, it might be time to consider a more affordable, and eco-friendly version that costs just $65. The Cardboard Standing Desk from Chairigami doesn't

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Plastic bags / Shutterstock  A group of scientists in India have developed a process to transform disused plastic bags into usable fuel. Researchers at the National Institute of Technology and the

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Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Last year, artist Michael Neff rescued more than a handful of Christmas trees from a sad, dried out, sidewalk fate by installing them as a pine-scented installation beneath the Brooklyn Queens

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The Great Green Fate of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree After the Holidays Are Over

The Great Green Fate of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree After the Holidays Are Over

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is the star of holidays in NYC, but what happens to it when the festivities are over? The awesome answer might surprise you. Read on to find out what it is. READ MORE

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Looking for an eco-friendly way to dine out that's good for both your health and your wallet? Check out BIOMAT, a temporary concept restaurant that lets diners exchange compost for discounts on their

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Vancouver Launches the World’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program!

Vancouver Launches the World’s First Cigarette Butt Recycling Program!

The Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project began this week in Vancouver, Canada as part of the city's efforts to become the greenest on the globe by 2020. The program's first step was to install 110

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Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Composting toilets present a very green way of disposing and reusing your poop as a natural fertilizer, but they haven't been widely implemented. Most people don’t want to sit on top of a box of poop or

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Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

Scientists from Loughborough University have made great strides in the effort to recycle old footwear. Their process will soon make it possible to put a sizable dent in the billions of shoes tossed into

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Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Photo via Shutterstock Increasingly cities have become wise to the need for wide-scale recycling of plastics, glass, paper and even electronics and paints. In the meantime, in many areas,

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Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

British designer Jess Shaw enjoys making imaginative, emotional lighting from all sorts of unusual materials. On past designs she has included goose and cock feathers, wire and rubber, in addition to a

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