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Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

 Cheri of Charicycles on her bike from the great Charicycles Instagram feed.As we’ve discussed before, there are many organizations around the world recycling, upcycling, or otherwise putting good used bicycles into the hands of those who’...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Keep America Beautiful Releases Workplace Recycling Study Results

Like everything else in a business setting, measuring workplace recycling efforts and challenges ensures that they will be better managed. So non-profit Keep America Beautiful has released the first wave of data and findings from its “Recycling at...

Posted May 10, 2015    

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions (which...

Posted May 3, 2015    

How A Shipping Container Restaurant Is Bringing Supper Club Concept Back To Asheville [PHOTOS]

The Smokey Park Supper Club in Asheville, North CarolinaAs we’ve noted numerous times before, shipping containers – which are cheap, sturdy, and readily available – have captured the imaginations of designers, architects, and builders. Want to...

Posted April 5, 2015    

The Waste Biz: Apple Expected To Accept Any Old Cell Phones For Recycling

Photo credit: ShutterstockI always take the easiest route when it comes to recycling my old cell phones: I leave it with the retailer from which I’ve bought a new one. If you want more value than convenience, though, your options are about to expand...

Posted March 29, 2015    

The Disco Ball: A Weapon Against Food Waste?

Photo credit: ShutterstockI freely admit that I’ve never associated the polyester leisure suits, gold chains, and platform shoes with efforts to reduce food waste… but, then, I probably just wasn’t thinking hard enough. UK-based food waste...

Posted March 8, 2015    

Consumers Need Help in Recycling Plastic

Photo credit: ShutterstockDo you have trouble remembering which plastics can go in your recycling bin? Even if you can figure out the number on that stamped symbol on the bottom of a plastic container, you may not remember offhand if your recycling...

Posted March 6, 2015    

This Student-Designed Pallet House Can Survive Hurricanes

As we’ve noted before, used shipping pallets represent the biggest source of waste wood out there. And many, many people have used them to make funky, distressed furniture projects. That’s great that items made from waste wood have caught on become...

Posted March 5, 2015    

How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them: I generally don’t buy bottled water or soft drinks, but my pantry and fridge – probably...

Posted March 4, 2015    

Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

Image credit: ShutterstockThe pop-up restaurant serving food that would otherwise go to waste sounds like something you’d expect from activists, right? Sure… and we’ve seen it before. But you wouldn’t expect celebrity chefs to try something like...

Posted March 2, 2015    

5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

Image credit: ShutterstockNeed to replace a refrigerator, a washer, a hot water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that: that’s almost always an extra expense that we hadn’t included in the budget. Because we depend on these...

Posted March 1, 2015    

There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Click on the image for a larger version.We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’...

Posted February 27, 2015