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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “Wings of

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Urban Harvest Series: Furniture for Growing, Storing and Composting Food All-In-One

Urban Harvest Series: Furniture for Growing, Storing and Composting Food All-In-One

The Urban Harvest Series (UHS) is a set artifacts and furniture that integrate nature's closed cycles and cultivation into our own daily routines. Created by Design Academy of Eindhoven’s Sebastiaan

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Cafe Kureon consist of an enclosed glass box surrounded by columns of piled blocks and topped with a corrugated metal roof. Kuma used local untreated wood and held the timber stacks together with thin

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap plastic for

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Flamingo Dai Lai Resort welcomes visitors with a path leading to a 260-foot curved wall made from locally-sourced stone. The cool, light-filled entrance gives a hint of the

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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the

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The Eco-Amp is a Low-Cost iPhone Speaker Made from Recycled Materials

The Eco-Amp is a Low-Cost iPhone Speaker Made from Recycled Materials

We've seen iPhone amplifiers made from bamboo cane, transformed vinyl records and sculptural ceramic. Now Eco-made has produced the Eco-amp - an affordable, pocket-sized speaker made from recycled

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How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

Okay, so you won't actually be composting in your freezer, but your freezer can provide a great space to store your compost scraps before you drop them off at your local green market or with someone

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The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

One of the great joys of living in the urban jungle is the daily discovery of treasures left out on the sidewalk. Sadly, the elements have a way of destroying the best finds before hunters have a chance

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‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

As a species, we waste an amazing amount of food. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, people chuck an incredible 40% of all food we produce. Dumpster divers have long sought to live off of the

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Pepe Heykoop’s Paper Vase Turns an Ordinary Bottle Into a Contemporary Flower Pot

Pepe Heykoop’s Paper Vase Turns an Ordinary Bottle Into a Contemporary Flower Pot

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has created a simple Paper Vase that turns any empty bottle into a contemporary object. Made from white coated paper that is both waterproof and strong, this flat-pack design

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Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Those of you who own an iPad will be familiar with one very annoying flaw: the less-than-optimal back-facing speaker. In order to bring the volume up without resorting to external speakers or headphones,

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Noor Nuyten Recycles Receipt Rolls Into Cute Desk Accessories

Noor Nuyten Recycles Receipt Rolls Into Cute Desk Accessories

Walking around this year’s Dutch Design Week, we almost missed these cute paper vessels made from recycled receipts by Noor Nuyten. Each paper cup is made from a used receipt roll that has been coated

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UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

Recycling electronics is a challenge, particularly as they become smaller and more tightly sealed. But the National Physical Laboratory in the UK looks to change that with a newly invented circuit board

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8 DIY Cardboard Costumes That Will Make Your Kid the Talk of the Town (In a Good Way)

8 DIY Cardboard Costumes That Will Make Your Kid the Talk of the Town (In a Good Way)

Kids often accuse their eco-minded parents of taking recycling and DIY projects to a level that is socially suicidal, especially during holidays like Halloween. So we put together a series of awesome

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Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year

Garbage photo from Shutterstock We’ve heard of importing goods and raw materials, but importing trash? That’s exactly what Sweden intends to do in order to compensate for its trash shortfall.

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The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

Three social-minded urban gardeners saw an unfortunate problem in their community of Nantes: gardening is pretty difficult for those in wheelchairs. So to help the wheelchair-bound flex their green thumbs

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Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance its mission of greening the planet one community at a time. The DC-based company specializes in recycling organic waste to produce green

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Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

A success story in times of crisis is always a pleasure, and this 22-acre Community Farm in Bristol has boosted for the local region in many ways. Landowner Luke Hasell teamed up with local food

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Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

One of our favorite finds, COLORS' Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!. Ground coffee was pretty big at

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With “Bio-Trimmings” Hoyan Ip Transforms Food Waste into Stylish Buttons and Buckles

With “Bio-Trimmings” Hoyan Ip Transforms Food Waste into Stylish Buttons and Buckles

Every day, millions of pounds of food are sent to landfills around the world, but one fashion designer has come up with a clever way to remove some of that uneaten food from the waste stream. London-based

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The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

The Unites States generates more electronic waste than any other nation on earth.  According to the EPA, more than 4.6 million tons entered domestic landfills in 2000, and 50-80% of our total e-waste is

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Humans Were Recycling at Least 13,000 Years Ago, Researchers Say

Humans Were Recycling at Least 13,000 Years Ago, Researchers Say

Stone hand axe photo from Shutterstock Recycling may seem like a relatively recent invention, but a recent discovery indicates that recycling has been around for over 13,000 years! A new find at the

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South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

Biodiesel is an excellent source of fuel: not only does it come from renewable sources, but it also burns cleaner, producing less pollution than fossil fuels. But it can be expensive to produce. That is

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National Resources Defense Council Study Finds 40% of the World’s Food Goes Uneaten

National Resources Defense Council Study Finds 40% of the World’s Food Goes Uneaten

It's not exactly breaking news that we humans waste a lot of our food, but a new study by the National Resources Defense Council puts a striking figure on the actual statistics, suggesting that we waste a

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

Photo via Shutterstock Americans may produce more municipal waste per capita than any other country in the world, but improving our recycling rate is one major way we can turn the tide and become a

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