Recycling initiatives

IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a method of creating highly recyclable plastics from one of the most eco-friendly materials around - plants. Not only are the material's components

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Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Osaka University recently unveiled a recycling robot that uses lasers to sort out different types of plastics. The robot, designed by IDEC, the Photonics Advanced Research Center, and Mitsubishi Electric

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NYC Transforming Parking Meters Into Bike Racks

NYC Transforming Parking Meters Into Bike Racks

New York City is keeping the green news coming -- the city recently announced plans to massacre and recycle 225 parking meters and turn them into circular bike racks! This news comes in the midst of NYC's

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How Dan Rosenthal is Greening Chicago’s Restaurant Industry

How Dan Rosenthal is Greening Chicago’s Restaurant Industry

At this month’s Green Drinks in Chicago, extroverted and engaging restauranteur Dan Rosenthal inspired the crowd with tales of his limitless efforts to green the city. When he realized that he could not

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Recycle Your Old Cell Phone to Help Quake Victims in Haiti!

Recycle Your Old Cell Phone to Help Quake Victims in Haiti!

Have an old cell phone just sitting in your electronics drawer? Consider putting it to good use and donating it to ReCellular's Phones for Haiti program, a cell phone recycling initiative to provide

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Inhabitat Joins the Treecycling Fun at NYC’s Annual Mulchfest

Inhabitat Joins the Treecycling Fun at NYC’s Annual Mulchfest

This past weekend the New York City Parks Department hosted their annual Mulchfest, providing New Yorkers with an easy, eco-friendly way to dispose of their holiday trees. With over 80 chipping or

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Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Even the greenest among us sometimes scratch our heads when it comes to knowing how to recycle certain objects. Recycly Robot Waste Containers, conceptualized by Oomy Design, help take the guesswork out

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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many

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Incredible ‘Garbage City’ Rises Outside of Cairo

Incredible ‘Garbage City’ Rises Outside of Cairo

This unbelievable city piled high with trash is a real place called Garbage City, outside of Cairo in Egypt. It's populated by a community of workers called Zabbaleen, who personally collect, sort, reuse,

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Brilliant Bottle Bank Arcade Makes Recycling Fun

Brilliant Bottle Bank Arcade Makes Recycling Fun

The Bottle Bank Arcade is a recycling bin that encourages a higher rate of returns by rewarding bottle recyclers with musical notes and tons of fun. It's one of several kooky and kinetic entries in The

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San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco already diverts over 72% of its waste from landfills thanks to rigorous recycling efforts, and now the city is set to cut down on trash even more with the country's first mandatory

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Russia to Launch its own “Cash for Clunkers” Program

Russia to Launch its own “Cash for Clunkers” Program

In the wake of the United State's recently terminated Car Allowance Rebate System, Russia has announced that it will be implementing a “Cash for Clunkers” program of its own early next year. The plan

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Track Your Trash: Want to Know Where Your Starbucks Cup Ends Up?

Track Your Trash: Want to Know Where Your Starbucks Cup Ends Up?

Would seeing exactly where our trash goes change our consumer habits? That’s what a team of MIT researchers set to find out with Project Trash Track. The innovative system uses special electronic tags

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5 Cheap and Easy Last Minute Ways to Green Your Fourth of July

5 Cheap and Easy Last Minute Ways to Green Your Fourth of July

Maybe you simply didn't have enough time this year to think about it. Or maybe you've already gotten so many biodegradable plates, composting bins and other eco-hookups for your Fourth of July shindig

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Aveda is Saving Oceans & Marine Life One Plastic Cap at a Time

Aveda is Saving Oceans & Marine Life One Plastic Cap at a Time

Wondering how to turn all of those plastic bottle caps running rampant in your household into a green, planet saving endeavor? Well, lucky for you, and for marine life everywhere, Aveda has come up with

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San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

Just yesterday On June 23rd, the City of San Francisco signed into effect the nation's first law mandating that all residents and businesses separate their recycling and compost material from normal

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Art Student Creates Invisible Car

Art Student Creates Invisible Car

What to do if you are a creative young artist with a defunct Skoda Fabia? Why, you make it disappear of course! When University of Central Lancashire art student Sara Watson found herself in possession of

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HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Happy Holidays everyone! Now that Christmas has come and gone, we trust that many of you are relaxing and tidying up all those boxes, ribbons and bits of wrapping paper from yesterday's gift exchanges.

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IS IT GREEN?: HP Printers

IS IT GREEN?: HP Printers

HP has rolled out a system that identifies eco-friendly features of its products to customers. It’s called the Eco Highlights label, and it provides quick facts about the product that may or may not

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Flytipped Furniture by Alexena Cayless

Flytipped Furniture by Alexena Cayless

Alexena Cayless of British design collective Farm Designs recently exhibited her wonderful fly-tipped furniture collection at Eco Age and Beyond the Valley in London. Alexena scours the streets for

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Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled Batteries

Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled Batteries

Although consumer electronics are tending towards rechargeable batteries these days, those ubiquitous alkaline disposables continue to present an environmental problem. Now Sungwoo Park and Sunhee Kim

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London Design Festival: Designers Visit Recycling Center

London Design Festival: Designers Visit Recycling Center

Early on a sunlit mid-September morning, on the banks of The Grand Union Canal in London, 25 designers, writers and academics from London Design Festival's Greengaged hub, took residence on the Beauchamp

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Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Welcome Los Angeles to the growing list of countries and municipalities that are taking a stand against plastic bags. Following in the footsteps of Australia, China, Israel, Melbourne, San Francisco and

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SECONDHAND PEPE: Following Textile Recycling in Haiti

SECONDHAND PEPE: Following Textile Recycling in Haiti

In the 1960's US foreign aid to Haiti trickled in in the form of used clothing and the flow hasn't stopped since. Secondhand Pepe, a documentary film by Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi, follows the

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Recycled Plastic Environmental Art Installation by MSLK

Recycled Plastic Environmental Art Installation by MSLK

We are always hunting high and low for innovative ways to reduce and reuse the plethora of plastic bags in our midst. The New York-based design firm, MSLK, is currently proposing an innovative and

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GOONJ PROJECT: Textile Recycling Initiative in New Delhi

GOONJ PROJECT: Textile Recycling Initiative in New Delhi

Turning one person’s waste into another person’s resource, the magnificent GOONJ project is setting a truly sustainable mindset in the heart of the Indian capital New Delhi. Taking the idea of

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Promising New Service Tackles e-waste in Mumbai

Promising New Service Tackles e-waste in Mumbai

Half a million tons of e-waste is generated annually in India and is a serious threat to people’s health and the environment. The flourishing Indian IT sector contributes a large part of it. The

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Brazilian-Chic Sin Sandals by Melissa

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Brazilian-Chic Sin Sandals by Melissa

We love our sustainable sandals here at Inhabitat, so we were psyched to come upon more styles of cute Melissa shoes to help us glide into the sizzling summer months. Melissa’s Brazilian-made Sin Sandal

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WEARABLE COLLECTIONS: Recycled Clothing Initiative

WEARABLE COLLECTIONS: Recycled Clothing Initiative

Wearable Collections, a non-profit charity initiative, is leading the crusade to reduce textile waste in a city traditionally known for disposable, seasonal styles. The organization is placing recycling

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NYC: Mulchfest 2010

NYC: Mulchfest 2010

If you're stuck with a tree after the holidays and aren't sure what to do with it, take advantage of the New York City Parks Department's annual Mulchfest/Treecycle event at parks across the city. Just

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