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Study Finds That the US Electronics Recycling Industry is Booming with Billions in Profits

Study Finds That the US Electronics Recycling Industry is Booming with Billions in Profits

According to a new report by the International Data Corporation, the United States' electronics recycling industry is booming with 3.5 million tons of electronics recycled in the US in 2010 and resold at

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Gorgeous Recycled PET Bottle Chandelier Brightens Up the London Design Festival

Gorgeous Recycled PET Bottle Chandelier Brightens Up the London Design Festival

The hanging luminaire is made from recycled PET bottles found in Mexico City, were French-born Jeannot currently lives. Jeannot told Inhabitat that he visited many of the Mexican capital’s recycling

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Recycle or Captain Planet Will Turn You Into a Tree [NSFW]

Recycle or Captain Planet Will Turn You Into a Tree [NSFW]

Don Cheadle is Captain Planet from Don Cheadle There's been a lot of hubbub over Captain Planet's upcoming debut on the silver screen. With tons of rumors flying about over the last few months as

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Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Researchers in Japan have developed a method for making radiation detection devices out of recycled PET bottles that cuts costs by 90% over currently used devices. The resource reusing, life-saving gadget

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Apple Recycling Program Will Now Accept Old PCs for Free

Apple Recycling Program Will Now Accept Old PCs for Free

Apple has decided to open its recycling program to a wider electronics world and will now be accepting old PCs, iPods and iPhones for free. They used to charge PC owners $30 to take their old computers -

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Super Greenies: New Study Uncovers Group of Luxury-Loving, Affluent Environmental Activists

Super Greenies: New Study Uncovers Group of Luxury-Loving, Affluent Environmental Activists

A new study by Scarborough has revealed that the greenest people in the United States also happen to be high earners with a taste for luxury. The study calls these individuals the "Super Green," and they

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Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

Chicago’s New Mayor Makes Major Headway for the City’s Recycling Program

It’s hard to believe, but less than half of Chicago's residents currently have access to the city's recycling service. A program initiated in 2008 gave blue carts to a third of city residents for weekly

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Luzinterruptus Releases a Colorful Army of Illuminated Garbage Bags for Recycling Awareness in Warsaw

Luzinterruptus Releases a Colorful Army of Illuminated Garbage Bags for Recycling Awareness in Warsaw

The project, called Recycling Sunday, was commissioned by Galeria Starter to occupy a local plaza for only twelve hours. One thousand colored plastic bags were scattered about the area, each fitted with a

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A Full 86 GM Facilities Are Now Landfill-Free

A Full 86 GM Facilities Are Now Landfill-Free

General Motors has been quietly greening its manufacturing facilities, powering plants with landfill gas and bringing 76 of them (over half of its 145 plants) to landfill-free status in the last few

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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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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 material for

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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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