Recycling initiatives

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food.

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its

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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

Proving that there's life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the

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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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Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Your daily cup of coffee to go may get you amped for the day, but the countless paper cups are taking a toll on our landfills. Good to Go wants you to think of your coffee routine like a bike sharing

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State of E-Waste

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of E-Waste

E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste sources in the world, and on average only 25% of household electronics are actually collected and recycled. That's a staggering statistic - especially when you

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South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic

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TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

You've probably heard of "Freecycling" by now, but if you haven't, it's a system through which one person's used/unloved items become another person's treasure. As the idea has gained in popularity,

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Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos is facing a major waste management crisis that threatens to crush its skyrocketing population under a heap of health and environmental problems. The overburdened

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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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San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

Clothing donation bins are nothing new but San Francisco wants to encourage more drop offs to eliminate unneeded waste in its landfills. In a mission to entice more residents to donate clothes the

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‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the green house "We're not ready for Christmas yet!" the whole family groused They'd all been too busy working and living Seems like only a day had

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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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London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London Underground photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has taken a ride on the London Underground knows that it can be a sweltering experience - even in the dead of winter. Right now, all of that sweaty

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Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Not too long ago your TV and computer monitor used CRT technology to project moving images. This glass is extremely thick and shatter-resistant, which makes it durable - but it also makes it hard to

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IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

Big box retailers like IKEA profit from selling new furniture, so many were surprised to see the Swedish home furnishings giant encourage people to buy used furniture during a recent ad campaign. Created

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Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Dave Hakkens learned that only ten percent of discarded plastic is actually recycled, he decided to create "Precious Plastic," an open-source collection of

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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

Photo via Shutterstock To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn't mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a social media

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Fifth Grade California Class Give Grownups a Lesson in Plastic Pollution Prevention

Fifth Grade California Class Give Grownups a Lesson in Plastic Pollution Prevention

Even at their young age, students in Michael Terwilliger’s fifth grade class are experts in plastic pollution prevention. The Northern California students are on a mission to educate their community

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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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Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Two million plastic bottles are used in the UK every day, and over 50% of them are recycled. To help ensure the sustainability of its cleaning products, Ecover introduced a new plastic made from sugarcane

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Infographic: The Environmental Benefits of Proper Waste Disposal

Infographic: The Environmental Benefits of Proper Waste Disposal

Did you know that North America alone produces 50% of the world's garbage? TheJunkGuys recently created an eye-opening infographic on the ‘Benefits of Trash Removal’ that shows the big picture of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

Today Apple launched two shiny new cellphones - the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c - which means that thousands of old phones are set to fall into disuse as consumers around the world cash in their upgrades.

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America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

10. University of California, Santa Barbara Forty-four of the buildings on campus at UC Santa Barbara are LEED certified and 47% of academic departments offer a class about sustainability, totaling 321

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of our readers

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Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

The walls consist of glass panel to allow direct sunlight to penetrate deep into the plan. The upper floors of the extension are clad with a skin of Douglas fir battens, which run both inside and out as

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Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

It is easy to see the impact recycling can make on the environment and your bank account after unloading several large bags of bottles and cans at a center. Yet it is much more difficult to observe what

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