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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    

The Waste Biz: Time To Shake Up The Recycling Business?

A few years ago here in St. Louis, you couldn’t turn on local news or open a newspaper without seeing a report on copper theft. Old abandoned buildings were getting their old copper pipes stripped, and newer air conditioners were getting taken just...

Posted February 23, 2015    

The Waste Biz: Using An Anaerobic Digester To Turn Brewery Waste Into Energy

Turning brewery waste into energy isn’t a new idea: all of that spent grain has captured the imagination of waste entrepreneurs before. A partnership between Utah-based Pure Energy Group (PEG) and Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos,...

Posted February 22, 2015    

New EU Project Explores Deriving Graphene From Food Waste

I’ve certainly seen many references to potential super material graphene over the past few years… but I haven’t really dug into them. But not only does this material have the potential to revolutionize the green economy, but it also could be...

Posted February 20, 2015    

Cellulosic Ethanol From Agricultural Waste May Have Just Gotten A Bit Cheaper

I know the notion of “food vs. fuel,” or the economic impact of using grains – mainly corn – to make ethanol is controversial. Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute – a source I trust implicitly – has argued forcefully that using food crops for...

Posted February 19, 2015    

Shipping Containers Add Hip Sustainability To New Marriott Brand [PHOTOS]

 If you’ve ever seen stacks and stacks of shipping containers sitting at a port, words like “hip,” “edgy,” and “stylish” probably didn’t come to mind. But designers around the world have seen all sorts of cool possibilities in these basic...

Posted February 16, 2015    

Clean Drinking Water Just One Benefit Of Better Toilets [VIDEO]

If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of non-governmental organization Gram Vikas...

Posted February 15, 2015