Recycling initiatives

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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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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Enter the HP Reimagine ROI Contest to Win a Vacation in Napa Valley, CA!

Enter the HP Reimagine ROI Contest to Win a Vacation in Napa Valley, CA!

We love the mantra "recycle, reduce, reuse" - but what about reusing something in an unexpected way? This month HP is looking for your stories of inspired creative reuse in their HP Reimagine ROI

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GM to Use Recycled Oil Spill Cleanup Materials in New Cars

GM to Use Recycled Oil Spill Cleanup Materials in New Cars

If you're in the market for a GM car, you may soon be sitting among recycled Gulf oil spill materials. With partner GDC, GM is cleaning and recycling the infamous absorbent booms from the Gulf and will

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Rainbow Hued Recycling Skyscraper Collects and Sorts Trash

Rainbow Hued Recycling Skyscraper Collects and Sorts Trash

The project takes advantage of its location at the center of a network of skybridges, which allows it to act as a hub to also gather recyclables from neighboring towers. Every apartment has its own mini

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Sunny Delight Reaches Zero Waste Goal, But Is Still Bad for You

Sunny Delight Reaches Zero Waste Goal, But Is Still Bad for You

Here at Inhabitat we love hearing about multi-national corporations undertaking incredible measures to become more Earth friendly, so with the recent announcement that all of Sunny Delight’s US and

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PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine

James Gilpin has Type 1 Diabetes -- his pancreas doesn't work, forcing him to take shots of insulin to process glucose from food. Gilpin got to thinking about elderly patients with diabetes, like his

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Unclutter Your Life on Give Your Stuff Away Day

Unclutter Your Life on Give Your Stuff Away Day

Have a lot of old stuff to get rid of? Well you could give it away and get a lot of awesome stuff for yourself at the same time on Give Your Stuff Away Day! Slated to sweep the nation on September 25th,

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Is NASCAR Going Green?

Is NASCAR Going Green?

Out of all the sports in the world, NASCAR is the one that involves pushing fossil-fuel powered vehicles to their limits over and over again -- but recently the National Association for Stock Car Auto

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High-Tech Bins Will Fine People for Not Recycling

High-Tech Bins Will Fine People for Not Recycling

Hey Cleveland, you better brush up on your recycling game or you might have a fine coming your way. The city's officials plan to implement a smart recycling bin program city-wide that will fine residents

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A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

Photo by Incase There are tons of serviceable materials discarded from construction and renovation projects every day. Sometimes, a thoughtful or enterprising individual will find a way to reuse a

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Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

German publishing company Hamburger Automatenverlag found a brilliant new use for old cigarette vending machines -- instead of icky cigarettes, the re-purposed "machines" carry a series of condensed

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Recycle Your E-Waste at NYC’s Hester Street Fair THIS WEEKEND!

Recycle Your E-Waste at NYC’s Hester Street Fair THIS WEEKEND!

Hey New York Readers!If you live in New York City, we hope that you've made it down to the new Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side. The awesome flea-market/street fair opened in May, bringing

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Incredible Upcycled Gown Made From 1,000 Newspaper Cranes

Incredible Upcycled Gown Made From 1,000 Newspaper Cranes

Origami is one simple skill that took Yuliya Kypro a long way. For her latest design, Kypro turned 1,000 paper cranes into an incredible bustier gown, complete with a flowing peacock train that would

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New York City to Recycle Clothing, Shoes, Textiles Starting This Fall!

New York City to Recycle Clothing, Shoes, Textiles Starting This Fall!

Starting this September, New York City will be installing 50 clothing-collection bins around the city to make recycling outgrown or unwanted clothes, shoes and fabrics easier than ever. Now we won't have

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The Papervore Coffee Table is Hungry for Your Paper Scraps

The Papervore Coffee Table is Hungry for Your Paper Scraps

What better way to manage coffee table clutter that with a table that doubles up as a paper shredder? Created by industrial design studio Pigeontail, the Papervore is hungry for all you printed leftovers.

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5 (Mostly) Free and Easy Ways to Green Your 4th of July

5 (Mostly) Free and Easy Ways to Green Your 4th of July

Image credit: modified photo from Giolou's Flickr photostream Substitute Tofu Pups and Garden Burgers for hot dogs and hamburgers Raising livestock uses an incredible amount of energy and releases

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Brilliant Karma Cup System Greens Your Coffee Routine

Brilliant Karma Cup System Greens Your Coffee Routine

With 58 billion paper coffee cups thrown out each year in the US, it's clear that we need to find a different system that keeps those cups out of the landfill. It's highly unlikely that we'll be giving up

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LCD Televisions Transformed Into Infection-Fighting Medicine

LCD Televisions Transformed Into Infection-Fighting Medicine

Scientists at the University of York have made a discovery that seems almost too amazing to be true -- waste from LCD televisions can be used to treat infections. A team of researchers at the Department

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ANNOUNCING: The 2010 Inhabitat Spring Greening Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: The 2010 Inhabitat Spring Greening Contest Winners!

READER'S CHOICE GRAND PRIZE: Soda Bottle Lamps by Sarah Turner!!!Sarah Turner's lamps made from recycled soda bottles received a whopping 3674 votes from our readers, wowing you guys with their dazzling

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California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Take a good look at that plastic supermarket bag sitting in your kitchen. If you live in California, it might soon be a relic of the past. The state Assembly voted 41 to 27 yesterday to to ban plastic

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NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

Approximately 176 million pounds of cigarette butts are discarded in the United States every year. Usually they end up on the ground or in a landfill and leach their toxic chemicals into the water table.

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Customizable Paper Tube Eco-Furniture Grows with Your Child!

Customizable Paper Tube Eco-Furniture Grows with Your Child!

Kids grow like weeds and it seems like they get too big for their desks and chairs in just a blink of the eye! That’s why we are grateful that Japanese furniture designers, Sankei Co., unveiled their

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Glassphemy: A Way to Recycle Glass Bottles with Fury!

Glassphemy: A Way to Recycle Glass Bottles with Fury!

Pissed off about oil spills? Angered by over-packaging? Rather than letting all that pent up frustration to get the better of you, why not grab a used glass bottle instead and commit

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Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Recycling used electronics is great, but in some cases, there's an even greener option out there -- several charities accept used and even broken electronic equipment. These non-profits ensure that

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