Waste

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s

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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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New Food Label Expires Along With Food, Could Save Tons of Food Waste

New Food Label Expires Along With Food, Could Save Tons of Food Waste

If you follow the expiry dates on your food, you could be throwing out almost 40 percent of what you buy each month – the average person throws out a shocking total of 20 pounds of expired food each

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World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

Proving that there's life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

By now you've probably heard about the issue of ocean plastic pollution - but do you know just how pervasive the problem is? Every year we produce 300 million tons of plastic - and there's currently 7.25

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World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada just celebrated the opening of the world's first waste-to-biofuel facility, which could radically transform the way we deal with our garbage. The Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals

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Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Just in time for World Environment Day, Canadian scientists have announced the discovery of a new type of rock made from the scraps of melted plastic waste and ocean debris. According to researchers at

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World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

Proving that ocean garbage is anything but trash, a Canadian company has built the world's first-ever 3D-printed item made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The Recycling Council of British Columbia

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard, the creator of the viral video "The Story of Stuff," has just been named Greenpeace USA's new executive director. A longtime environmental activist, Leonard has proven her gift for crafting

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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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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 chargers

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