Recycling initiatives

BinCam Shows Your Facebook Friends Your Trash, Shames You into Recycling

BinCam Shows Your Facebook Friends Your Trash, Shames You into Recycling

If you, or your friends, are having trouble recycling, the folks over at BinCam have an answer for you. They've created a device -- that is actually a specially programmed cell phone -- that attaches to

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Boat Made 100% from Trash Sets Sail from Taiwan

Boat Made 100% from Trash Sets Sail from Taiwan

A boat made from 100% trash set sail from Taiwan this week with recycled plastic bottles keeping it afloat and old advertising sails pushing it along. The vessel, dubbed the Polli-Boat after its flotation

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Chevy Recycles Twice as Many Oil Booms from Gulf Spill for Use in Volt Production As Originally Planned

Chevy Recycles Twice as Many Oil Booms from Gulf Spill for Use in Volt Production As Originally Planned

Back in December of 2010, GM announced they'd be recycling 100 miles of oil booms from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for use in the Chevy Volt. The company has now announced they've more than doubled that

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Swooping Research Facility Perches Right Over Steel Recycling Plant It Studies

Swooping Research Facility Perches Right Over Steel Recycling Plant It Studies

By 2050, there will be one billion cars plying Americas roads, many of which will land up in the dump. This design gives students and the public an opportunity to learn more about recycling methods and

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Apple Surpasses Recycling Goals By Using Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

Apple Surpasses Recycling Goals By Using Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

By using aluminum to create the cases for its electronics, Apple has made a significant contribution to its environmental sustainability goals. Apple adopted the use of aircraft-grade aluminum back in

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Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

We whet the appetites of sports car enthusiasts everywhere when we first mentioned Porsche's Spyder 918, but now they can really start salivating because the super fast  hybrid sports car is finally

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Virginia Recycles Part of the I-81 Highway to Cut Emissions & Costs

Virginia Recycles Part of the I-81 Highway to Cut Emissions & Costs

Instead of using conventional road repair techniques, Virginia is recycling a 3.7 mile stretch of Interstate 81.

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Barcelona Promotes Kitchen Oil Recycling By Giving Out Free ‘Olipots’

Barcelona Promotes Kitchen Oil Recycling By Giving Out Free ‘Olipots’

In an effort to salvage all of the cooking oil used annually in Barcelona, city officials have begun handing out free “OliPots” oil pots in an attempt to get more citizens to deposit the

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Underwater Skyscrapers Recycle Waste From Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Underwater Skyscrapers Recycle Waste From Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The underwater skyscraper was inspired by the Eiffel Tower and flipped upside down in the water. The lower portion of the tower collects and stores plastic waste until it can be recycled in the middle

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Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Hello from south of the Equator! I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres mission, which will study plastic pollution (like the debris in Punta Arenas, Chile

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Greenhouse: Joost’s Garden-Wrapped Waste Free Shipping Container Restaurant Comes to Sydney

Greenhouse: Joost’s Garden-Wrapped Waste Free Shipping Container Restaurant Comes to Sydney

The eco restaurant was designed specifically to be a traveling show that could be packed up into shipping containers and includes the building structure, stairs for the rooftop access, kitchen, bathroom,

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Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles

The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a

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New Automated Technology Makes E-Waste Recycling More Efficient

New Automated Technology Makes E-Waste Recycling More Efficient

A new recycling plant recently opened by Sims Recycling Solutions just outside of Toronto is using a new automated technology to better separate and recycle the parts of old electronics.

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Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

The YPA is calling the site the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site, because it allows you to opt out of all books or choose to receive selected books. I clicked through through the

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New Machine Recycles Office Paper into Toilet Paper On-Site

New Machine Recycles Office Paper into Toilet Paper On-Site

Japanese company Oriental invented a machine that recycles office paper into toilet paper right in your office.

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Construction Company Keeps 60,000 Tons of Waste Out of Landfill

Construction Company Keeps 60,000 Tons of Waste Out of Landfill

Reno Contracting recently announced that they have recycled more than 60,000 tons of construction waste since the beginning of 2009. That's enough garbage to bury three football fields under 100 feet of

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‘Life Pscycle-ology’ Film Animates the Lifecycle of a Mobile Phone

‘Life Pscycle-ology’ Film Animates the Lifecycle of a Mobile Phone

Do you get excited when it comes time to get a new mobile phone? There is an almost overwhelming list of factors to weigh – functionality, technological advancements, style, price and much more. But

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Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Single use plastic bag bans and taxes are becoming increasingly popular with governments across the world (though unpopular with most store owners) and now Italy is gearing up to implement their own. In

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The Giving Effect Connects Our Extra Stuff With Charities

The Giving Effect Connects Our Extra Stuff With Charities

Founder Mitchell Silverman says that “Most people don't realize there are many small, community-based organizations that could benefit from things we can spare like extra cleaning supplies and gently

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San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

In a sweeping 10-1 verdict, the San Jose City Council has officially banned all single use plastic shopping bags and barred retailers from giving away paper bags yesterday. The ban will take effect on

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Long Beach Recycling Center Recycles Itself!

Long Beach Recycling Center Recycles Itself!

We all know what recycling centers do best - recycle - but one such facility in Signal Hill, California, took things one step further by recycling itself! The old building, an unusable manufacturing

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Researchers Find a Way to Recycle 100% of Wrapping Paper

Researchers Find a Way to Recycle 100% of Wrapping Paper

Although beautifully wrapped gifts are one of the joys of the holiday season, it is important to think about where that paper is going to go after it is shredded to pieces while being opened. Most

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All Starbucks Cups Will be Recyclable or Reusable by 2015

All Starbucks Cups Will be Recyclable or Reusable by 2015

These days it seems there's a Starbucks on every corner -- and although the Inhabiteam loves us some caffeine, we cringe at the thought of all those carelessly discarded coffee cups. Today the giant of

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New Recycling Center Crushes Cans and Bottles at the Same Time

New Recycling Center Crushes Cans and Bottles at the Same Time

Sorting through mountains of bottles and cans to recycle them may be a thing of the past thanks to a new recycling center set to be unveiled in Texas this month. Set up by Coca-Cola, the Reimagine

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In Recycling Your Old Vuvuzela, There is a World of Possibilities

In Recycling Your Old Vuvuzela, There is a World of Possibilities

Though we miss the excitement and camaraderie of the World Cup that took place in these stunning green stadiums this past summer, we don't really miss the low drone of thousands of vuvuzelas on every

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Today is America Recycles Day!

Today is America Recycles Day!

Today is America Recycles Day! True, we shouldn't need to take one day out of the year to remind us how important it is to recycle, but it definitely doesn't hurt to spread awareness to those who don't

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Annie Leonard’s Story of Electronics is an E-Waste Eye Opener

Annie Leonard’s Story of Electronics is an E-Waste Eye Opener

We try to shed our own light on the issues surrounding e-waste recycling but we have to hand it to Annie Leonard, whose new video, The Story of Electronics, hits the problem right on the nose. From the

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World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

Image © Keith Hunter Photography Scotland has a long history of whisky production and now the industry is brewing up a green future as drinks giant Diageo recently unveiled their £40 million

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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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NYC Breaks Ground on $80 Million Recycling Center in Brooklyn

NYC Breaks Ground on $80 Million Recycling Center in Brooklyn

New Yorkers have quite a few gripes about the state of recycling in our city, but this week brought exciting news that is making us feel more optimistic. Mayor Bloomberg's office announced that the city

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