Waste

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

Photo via Shutterstock San Francisco's Board of Supervisors are poised to approve one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban would extend legislation passed in 2007

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‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

The Bible tells us to be "good stewards of the Earth," and many religious leaders feel that it's a sin to disregard the planet. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Naples, Italy, where Archbishop

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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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INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System

INEOS Bio Creates First Commercial-Scale Waste to Biofuel System

Photo via Shutterstock In regards to biofuel, INEOS Bio has been able literally turned trash into treasure. The company released a statement on Wednesday that they had successfully been able to produce

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

The world's landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we've added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day - and

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can infect

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Amazing Infographic Shows Where the World’s Greenhouse Gases Come From

Amazing Infographic Shows Where the World’s Greenhouse Gases Come From

It's hard to keep track of all the greenhouse gases that are steadily collecting in the atmosphere - from auto emissions and coal plants to methane emissions from cattle and landfills. Fortunately, Ecofys

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Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Greek yogurt is delicious, high in protein, and a good alternative to sugary snacks. However the $2 billion dollar a year industry has a dark side that comes in the form of toxic acid whey. It takes three

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Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Photo via Shutterstock Where there are million of animals, there are millions of tons of waste. In a clever solution to a major waste disposal problem, Australian researchers have found a way to

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What are the Worst Examples of Earth Day Greenwashing You’ve Ever Seen?

What are the Worst Examples of Earth Day Greenwashing You’ve Ever Seen?

Earth Day is tomorrow - and our inboxes are already filled to the brim with marketing gimmicks and greenwashed products. In a sad turn of affairs, the environmental message behind Earth Day has been

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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China Produces 80 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Per Year, Putting its Forests at Risk

China Produces 80 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Per Year, Putting its Forests at Risk

Photo via Shutterstock For those that aren't very deft at handling chopsticks, now there's a good reason to opt for the reusable fork instead. In the latest news of ecological disaster in China, the

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Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Photo via Shutterstock With the closing of the Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant, a group of 83 municipalities in Ohio were faced with the dilemma of how to establish a new energy plan

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

Burj Khalifa photo from Shutterstock You'd think that the world's tallest building - a structure that requires amazingly complex engineering and technology to reach its heights - would have an equally

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Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

The University of Brighton just began construction on the UK's first building made completely of waste. Designed by local architect Duncan Baker-Brown, the structure will be composed of excess building

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O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

O2 to Sell New HTC Smartphone Without Chargers, Cut Four Olympic Swimming Pools Worth of E-Waste

UK mobile network provider O2 just announced that they will not be releasing a charger with the new HTC smartphone. Why you ask? Well, their research has revealed that the UK “has more than 100m

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Giant Elephant Made of Recycled Tires Roams the Earth for African Environmental Awareness

Giant Elephant Made of Recycled Tires Roams the Earth for African Environmental Awareness

Made from woven truck tires and a galvanized mild steel skeleton, this recycled beast is taking The Netherlands by storm. Measuring 10 feet tall and 18 feet in length, it is currently on display within

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Wastescape is an Artificial Cave Lined With Thousands of Chiseled Milk Bottles in London

Wastescape is an Artificial Cave Lined With Thousands of Chiseled Milk Bottles in London

Gayle Chong Kwan dazzles audiences once again with Wastescape - an ambitious art installation made out of thousands of discarded milk bottles made to look like stalactites and stalagmites. This artificial

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Rio de Janeiro Set to Replace The World’s Largest Open-Air Landfill With a Recycling Plant

Rio de Janeiro Set to Replace The World’s Largest Open-Air Landfill With a Recycling Plant

After 34 years of operation, the Brazilian government has decided to close Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho dump, the world's largest open-air landfill. Located on the outskirts of the city, the dump is

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Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Aurora Robson’s Ethereal Plastic Art Uses up to 20,000 Recycled Bottles

Robson collects her own PET bottles or creates job opportunities for street people who collect bottles in shopping carts. Sometimes she even uses waste collected at the various firms that commission her

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HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

STEP 1: Getting set up Remove all of the contents from the shipping box and find a good spot in your home to keep your unit. You will need to be close to an electric outlet, so a kitchen counter may

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BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Ski Slope Incinerator Scrapped Due to Environmental Concerns

BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Ski Slope Incinerator Scrapped Due to Environmental Concerns

Last year, when BIG unveiled its fantastical ski resort on top of a waste-to-energy incinerator plant in Copenhagen, we were admittedly intrigued. But we weren't at all surprised when the City of

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Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and recycling

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Scottish Distillery Powers Their Nissan Leaf With Whiskey

Scottish Distillery Powers Their Nissan Leaf With Whiskey

Whiskey isn't just good for a stiff drink at the end of the day; it's also a handy tool for powering electric vehicles. At least that's what the Bruichladdich Whiskey Distillery on the Scottish isle of

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BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW Launches Program to Transform Landfill Gases Into Hydrogen Fuel

BMW's Spartansburg, South Carolina plant is launching a program to convert methane gas into hydrogen. If successful, the manufacturing facility will be able to power its fleet of production vehicles with

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Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

In a fascinating use of time-tested technology to address uniquely modern problems, Japanese space agency JAXA is teaming up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus

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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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Study Shows BP Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented by Regulation

Study Shows BP Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented by Regulation

A new report by Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform on the principle cause of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill concludes that the spill was entirely preventable and points blame at regulatory

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