Recycling initiatives

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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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption. The

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The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot

The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot

Taking stock of your belongings, you will undoubtedly come across a hodge-podge of old or broken electronics that need to be recycled. Determining where or how to safely dispose of devices can take a

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How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint

How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint

This weekend, the sixth installment of the ever-popular Fast and Furious franchise roared into US cinemas with its box office-winning combination of fast cars, big biceps and simmering homo-eroticism.

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DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

The Free Things Box (FTB) is a freebie box that's placed in front of the house as a friendly means for recycling small, still useful objects. Many people have a lot of stuff that's still in good order

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Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

The waste material was collected by 18 postgraduate students who worked with engineers to design the basic elements of the café. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

"Atlas Recycled" is a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders that doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. In addition to serving

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The Solecan Combination Waste Bin Makes Recycling a Breeze

The Solecan Combination Waste Bin Makes Recycling a Breeze

Can a simple redesign of the trash can make recycling so easy that everyone will do it? That is what husband and wife team Jeff and Liz Helfrich, asked when they invented the Solecan, a trash/recycling

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PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is one of the world's biggest oil exporters and also has one of the highest per capita emissions rates. But the Emirate's leadership is also keenly concerned to reduce their energy consumption

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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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UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

Cars accounted for a whopping 21% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2009, but a creative new program from Giveacar and Trees for Cities aims to repair some of the damage caused by cars

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Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

Vodafone’s Nearly New Program Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Pre-Loved Smartphones

For pay-as-you-go cell phone users, using high-end smartphones can be a pricey investment. Vodafone, a UK cell phone service, has a nifty solution to the cost problem that also happens to be great for the

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How To Recycle This Year’s Holiday Cards Into Next Year’s Gift Tags

How To Recycle This Year’s Holiday Cards Into Next Year’s Gift Tags

It happens every year: After the holidays are over, you're left with a huge stack of holiday cards and packaging. But instead of throwing them in the recycling bin, you can reuse both your holiday cards

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1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has deployed 1.9 million worms to turn a boatload of organic waste into fertilizer. Every day the airport housekeeping department headed by

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H&M To Launch Clothing Recycling Initiative in Stores Worldwide

H&M To Launch Clothing Recycling Initiative in Stores Worldwide

Fast-fashion retailer H&M is ramping up its sustainability efforts with a major new recycling initiative. This week, H&M announced that it will launch the world's first global clothes recycling

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EcoBot III is a Human Waste-Powered Robot that Cleans Wastewater!

EcoBot III is a Human Waste-Powered Robot that Cleans Wastewater!

EcoBot III is a lightweight self-sustaining robot designed to clean wastewater! Powered by Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), the robot runs off human waste, using it to produce electricity necessary for

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12-Year-Old Boy Saves 4,000 Pairs of Shoes from the Landfill

12-Year-Old Boy Saves 4,000 Pairs of Shoes from the Landfill

Each year over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown into United States landfills, and 12-year-old “Eco” Erek Hansen has made it his personal mission to make sure more of those shoes are recycled.

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UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

Photo by Shutterstock To help deliver power to the more than 3,000 families living far from Bosnia’s power grid, the United Nations is offering a $20,000 prize to whoever invents a relatively cheap

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