China’s Recycling Ban: What Do We Do with Our Plastics Now?

March 15, 2018 by  
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Thanks to curbside recycling programs, most Americans have developed an … The post China’s Recycling Ban: What Do We Do with Our Plastics Now? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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5 Strategies for Recycling on the Go

June 2, 2017 by  
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Most of us have developed pretty good systems for recycling and composting at home, but recycling on the go is a different story. This typically requires advance planning and foresight, which starts with booking hotels, planning meals, and packing…

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How Cool Is Your AC Unit?

September 7, 2015 by  
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As temperatures soar higher, so does your air conditioning bill. Does it have to, though? The founders of Mistbox have developed a revolutionary technology that is cost effective, easy to install, and can make your air conditioning unit up to 40%…

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Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

June 2, 2015 by  
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Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass. The benefits for solar collectors are immediately evident. The ability to be self-cleaning would be an enormous benefit for solar panels, even without the additional conversion efficiency benefits. Although many of the best locations for solar panel farms are in dusty desert climates with very little rainfall, even there, the ability to clean the solar panels with just a small amount of water and the self-cleaning ability of the panels would be a benefit, and a savings in labor and in water use. The coating can be applied to glass in a number of different categories, including architectural purposes, and military applications, but the use of superhydrophobic coating for solar panels could be particularly beneficial: “Where solar panels are concerned, the suppression of reflected light translates into a 3-6 percent relative increase in light-to-electricity conversion efficiency and power output of the cells. Coupled with the superhydrophobic self-cleaning ability, this could also substantially reduce maintenance and operating costs of solar panels. In addition, the coating is highly effective at blocking ultraviolet light.” According to the ORNL press release , the coating is also highly durable, unlike other hydrophobic and self-cleaning technologies. The process to make this coating is also cost-effective, and it “can be fabricated through industry standard techniques mak[ing] it easy and inexpensive to scale up and apply to a wide variety of glass platforms.” via: Oak Ridge National Laboratory press release image via: ORNL

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Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

October 27, 2013 by  
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Scientists from Loughborough University have made great strides in the effort to recycle old footwear. Their process will soon make it possible to put a sizable dent in the billions of shoes tossed into the landfill each year. The researchers have developed a comprehensive system that separates and breaks down the nearly 40 types of materials that can be found in a single pair of shoes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: landfill , loughborough university , old footwear , shoe recycling , waste stream        

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Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

October 27, 2013 by  
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Scientists from Loughborough University have made great strides in the effort to recycle old footwear. Their process will soon make it possible to put a sizable dent in the billions of shoes tossed into the landfill each year. The researchers have developed a comprehensive system that separates and breaks down the nearly 40 types of materials that can be found in a single pair of shoes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: landfill , loughborough university , old footwear , shoe recycling , waste stream        

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

July 8, 2012 by  
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Photo by  Shutterstock Researchers at the University of South Carolina have developed a technique to turn an ordinary cotton t-shirt into a supercapacitor. The team, led by  Xiaodong Li , a professor of mechanical engineering, and  Lihong Bao , a postdoctoral associate, soaked the shirt in fluoride solution and baked it at high temperatures, which converted the cellulose fibers into activated carbon while the material to flex without breaking. Li expects that the technique could enable us to charge portable electronic devices like cell phones. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellphones , Clothes , clothing , ecouterre , energy-harvesting clothing , gadgets , human-powered clothing , mobile devices , renewable energy , supercapacitor , wearable technology

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Could Lasers Be the New Way to Kill Weeds?

May 22, 2012 by  
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When gardening, we’re sure many of you have used herbicides to kill weeds and other invasive plants. However, the thing about herbicides is that in order to kill weeds, they are often very toxic and affect everything from those using them to potentially the groundwater. To prevent any possible environmental damage with herbicides in the future, a team from the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany have developed a hi-tech alternative:  weed-killing lasers ! Read the rest of Could Lasers Be the New Way to Kill Weeds? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly herbicide , eco friendly laser , herbicide laser , Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) , Leibniz University , Leibniz University weed laser , Leibniz University weeds herbicide , weed killing laser

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New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake

April 5, 2012 by  
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Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Bayer have developed a seismic wallpaper that can hold up building walls during earthquakes. The system, called EQ-Top , is a glass fiber fabric that can help keep mason walls stable. After two years of research and testing, the patented product, which could help keep office buildings and apartments safer during an earthquake, will soon be available for purchase. Read the rest of New EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper Can Save Lives in an Earthquake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adhesive , Bayer , earthquakes , EQ-top , glass fiber fabric , glass fibers , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , seismic wallpaper , wallpaper

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SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

April 5, 2012 by  
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If you’ve been looking for some basic furniture for your home, check out SmartDeco ‘s eco-friendly creations. Founded in 2011, SmartDeco produces 100% recyclable furniture that is proudly made in the USA. The furniture can be ordered online and it arrives flat-packed at your front door. Boasting tool-free assembly, each piece folds together intuitively in just minutes. Each piece in the collection is made using EnviroBoard , an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional furniture substrates. + SmartDeco The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco-friendly furniture , eco-friendly materials , enviroboard , enviroboard furniture , flat pack furniture , smartdeco

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