Ralph Lauren declared it is reimagining its legendary polo shirt with Mother Earth in mind. The new “Earth Polo” will be made from recycled plastic: Old soda bottles to be more precise.
The high-tech blades used in wind turbines contain exotic compounds that are laborious to recycle.
Outright bans on plastics have an overall negative effect on the environment, and recycling initiatives make for better solutions, according to an Independent Institute report.
Ron Arnold details the story of how industry, environmentalists, and regulators are working together to overcome a paradoxical EPA rule that allows PCBs in products but bans the disposal of wastewater containing PCB residues. This story, sadly, is atypical of today's EPA, especially as it applies to energy and water issues.
Everyone knows that trash can be recycled into useful household items. But did you know that birds are also catching on to this?
CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin recently lead a five-person team on a journey through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The first stop along the way was the City of Joy Foundation (Fundacion Ciudad de la Alegria) and the nearby impoverished village of Valle Verde, which lies on the outskirts of wealthy Cancun. In both locations the team met up with old friends and made new ones as they reported on the benefits of the laptop computers and solar panels that previous CFACT teams had brought to the area. CFACT photographer Sarah Cowles and volunteer Jason Lively visit with a technician [...]
Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone. But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand.
If you live in San Francisco, you can now be fined up to $100 if you do not compost your food scraps! The city recently passed a new recycling and composting ordinance that requires separate trash cans for recyclables and compost. City officials promise that they will first leave many warning notes on the trash cans of repeat offenders and that there is a moratorium on fines until 2011. Recycling and composting is all well and good, but making it a crime to throw an apple core in the trash can instead of the compost can is absurd. Big Brother needs [...]
America’s economic slowdown is hurting all kinds of industries, but it is taking an especially hard toll on the favored Green business of recycling. According to Energy and Environment Daily, the demand for recycled materials has bottomed out, leading to a buildup of huge storage piles of unwanted stuff. In Massachusetts, a 2,000-ton pile of bottles, cans, newspapers, and other material has been stuck in a warehouse, with the cost of recycled paper going from $145/ton just a few years ago to $5/ton today. After working so hard to increase recycling, cities don’t want to discourage people from doing [...]
So-called “cyber-trash” – or garbage produced from old, discarded computers and circuit boards – has become a problem of mega-bite proportions. But if some researchers in China have their way, one potential technology could transform yesterday’s computers into tomorrow’s park bench. This, according to Science Daily, which notes that a process has recently been developed by two Chinese scientists that can recycle the non-metallic materials found in computers into a substance that can be used for such diverse items as sewer grates, park benches and fences. The recycled material, in fact, is nearly as strong as reinforced concrete, and [...]
Recycling is often touted as an important means of helping the planet. But according to a recent article in the Washington Times by policy expert Iain Murray, recycling also brings with it another interesting environmental dilemma. . .
As California continues to suffer the ravages of drought, now comes some good news that may help alleviate future water shortages. A new technology has been developed by scientists at the Palo Alto Research Center that both cleans and recycles water at an incredibly fast rate. According to the Environmental News Network, this new technology relies upon a spiral filtration system where water is pumped through small, lightweight discs removing dirt and other impurities. Although this system produces water that’s not quite pure enough to drink, it operates five times faster than conventional methods, which makes state officials optimistic [...]
We all know how to get rid of old files on our computers by sending them to the recycling bin. But what about getting rid of our old computers themselves? That's the issue raised in a recent article in The Baltimore Sun which notes that with technology spawning faster and cheaper computers every few years, so-called "e-waste" could soon become a problem of megabyte proportions. Especially concerning is that thousands of discarded monitors contain tons of toxic lead necessary to shield users from radiation. And when you consider as many as 600 million computers in the U.S. are obsolete, [...]
Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone. But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand. According to freelance author Chris Prunty, garbage trucks bring waste straight to the new facility, where huge magnets pick out the metal, and a conveyor quickly sorts organic from inorganic waste. The organic material, like old foodstuff, is fed into percolators to be turned into compost, while the glass, paper, metal, and plastic is recovered for future use. It's still a bit pricier than [...]
When you think of items to place in the recycling bin, you no doubt think of tin cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. But for the folks in spruce grove in Alberta, Canada, recycling also includes egg shells, corn husks, and old leftovers. This is because of the town’s new curbside “organics” recycling program, where residents can take material that once was alive, place it in a special aerated cart, and send it to a local composting facility. This novel program has already diverted over 13,000 metric tons of residuals from the local landfill, which has then been sold to [...]