Recycling initiatives

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

The Floripa cabin is located on the north of the island, overlooking rough but crystal clear waters and a fine white sand beach. Jaime settled in the island 30 years ago, where he decided to base his

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The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

Many people call themselves (and are) urban homesteaders, but these folks are The Urban Homesteader. Urban dwellers with an interest in adding some sustainable practices to their own homes can learn

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video, titled "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic", uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed light on the

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do you know how bad the litter crisis in Europe is?

INFOGRAPHIC: Do you know how bad the litter crisis in Europe is?

Did you know that the total cost of cleaning up litter throughout Europe is estimated at €10 to 13 billion a year? That hefty cleanup cost isn’t just unsightly; it also puts a huge dent in the average

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

https://vimeo.com/93551810 Alchemy of Waste is all about "building a waste-not wonderland". It's a collaborative, multi-media project that integrates upcycled materials into an interdisciplinary

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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

2. Hiriya Park, Tel-Aviv, Isreal Hiriya's horrifying mountain of garbage hit its limit in 1998 after reaching 25 million TONS of waste. After that the facility was finally shut down and an

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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

Waste Recycling Point for a Village School; Hunan, China 
 Waste disposal in villages throughout China is a visible, yet neglected issue. As urban influences have spread to rural areas, old habits of

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy

Philadelphia sends old dollar bills up in smoke for energy

Old, worn-out paper money still has some value in Philadelphia, where it’s being burned for electricity. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve is making great strides in an effort to keep old dollar bills

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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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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

Seattle-based startup WISErg puts its founders' software development backgrounds to innovative use, addressing the massive issue of food waste with the production of the Harvester. A commercial-grade,

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Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Cambodia has had nearly 3 million tons of bombs dropped on it in the past century, and most of their remains still lie scattered across the country, maiming and killing hundreds of people every year. The

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it's startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one

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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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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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NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

News from the septic tank appears to be all the rage as of late, and it seems as though NASA is also on board. This Friday, their innovative design to recycle human urine into a "sugary drink" will

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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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