Everloops sustainable toothbrush comes with replaceable bamboo bristles

March 26, 2020 by  
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Mexico City-based NOS has come out with a design to address one of the many causes of plastic pollution that consumers tend to overlook: toothbrushes. The company’s Everloop toothbrush combines a reusable, recycled plastic handle with replaceable bristles made from compostable bamboo . The sheer number of plastic toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year is a much larger problem than most people realize. Most dentists, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend replacing toothbrushes every three or four months or whenever the bristles begin to fray. Seeing as there are over 300 million people living in the United States, that means there are about 1 billion plastic toothbrushes tossed into the garbage every year in this country alone. Related: Tooth — the eco-friendly toothbrush made from recycled and biodegradable materials The plastic handles on typical toothbrushes are regularly found during beach cleanups, and the tiny nylon bristles have the potential to contribute to microplastics in the ocean. Some modern designs aim to take the plastic out of disposable toothbrushes and replace it with bamboo handles. This is a step in the right direction, but it still leaves the issue of regular pollution every three months when it’s time to replace the toothbrush, especially considering many bamboo toothbrushes still have nylon bristles. NOS aims to stop this endless toothbrush pollution with its unique redesign of the bristle component. The head and base of the Everloop toothbrush is made of recycled plastic from other discarded toothbrushes, with a clipping mechanism that easily opens and closes to replace the bristles (made entirely out of natural bamboo) when it’s time to change them. The disposed bamboo bristles are 100% compostable. Each toothbrush comes with a set of eight bamboo bristles to be replaced every three months, enough for at least two years. Even the packaging, made from thermoformed paper pulp, can be safely composted . + NOS Images via NOS

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dangerous untold story of e-waste

June 24, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 60 million tons of electronic waste is dumped in landfills every year. In Agbogbloshie, Ghana one of the world’s largest e-waste burial grounds houses thousands of tons of electronics. The soil is a breeding ground for lead poisoning. Children as young as seven years-old sort through this waste on a daily basis, causing chronic health problems and crippling injuries. See the infographic below for an in-depth look at this devastating epidemic. Graphic courtesy Ecogreen IT Recycling. 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!

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World’s longest wind turbine blade expected to drive down offshore energy costs

June 24, 2016 by  
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Wind energy has grown in its widespread application, as well as its hardware. Turbine manufacturer Adwen and rotor blade suppliers LM Wind Power have come together to build the world’s largest wind turbine blade . At 88.4 meters or 290 feet, the turbine promises to bring offshore energy costs down. The gigantic blade has been developed to fit Adwen’s AD 8-180 turbine , which already has the largest rotor in the industry (180 meters) and the highest annual energy production of any other wind turbine out there. The first blade is being sent off for testing at LM’s factory in Lunderskov, Denmark. Related: Engineers have found a way to harvest wind energy from trees Adwen General Manager Luis Álvarez said in a statement , “When you are building the largest wind turbine in the world, almost everything you do is an unprecedented challenge. We are going where no one else has ever gone before, pushing all the known frontiers in the industry.” The record-breaking turbine is meant to lower the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) for offshore wind power. Through its meticulous engineering, it will likely achieve just that. + Adwen , LM Wind Power Via Clean Technica Images via Adwen

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Solar-powered recreational center in LA boasts a 7,800 square foot planted roof

June 24, 2016 by  
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The building is broken up into public and private areas by a large corridor that runs diagonally through the structure. This route forms the building’s spine and links the residential buildings of the Playa Vista community to the new Runway development to the east. Related: Solar-powered Hotel at Oberlin is first in US to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy The site is populated with palm trees, while the 7,800 square foot planted roof featuring drought-tolerant plant species helps maintain stable indoor temperatures. Parts of the roof surface not covered in vegetation are equipped with solar panels and a recyclable light-colored PVC membrane. Internal courtyards facilitate natural ventilation, with passive cooling systems harnessing coastal breezes to ventilate 75 percent of the building. + Rios Clementi Hale Studios Photos by Tom Bonner

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VW’s 10-year plan includes 30 new electric vehicles and a self-driving car system

June 24, 2016 by  
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On the heels of a report about the company’s $15.5B investment in an electric car battery factory, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rolled out an ambitious 10-year plan to repair the company’s tarnished reputation following last year’s emissions cheating scandal. VW aims to launch 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 , which has to be the most outlandish goal a car company has ever announced. Yet, if any company is positioned to pull it off, it just might be this one. The company’s initiative, “Together – Strategy 2025,” outlines a shift in VW ’s focus, which many say is a deliberate and strategic move to distance the company from the $18 billion emissions scandal that put a damper on the car maker’s reputation. A court decision coming next Tuesday will determine exactly how much the company will pay directly to 482,000 customers, but VW has reportedly agreed to pay $10.2 billion (ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 per car owner, depending on the model’s age). Since Müller stepped into the chief executive role following the scandal, the company has made an enormous effort to reestablish itself as a leader in automotive innovations, up to and including green car technology. Related: VW promises world’s first mass market electric car In a recent press conference, Müller said the goal of the new initiative is “to learn from mistakes made, rectify shortcomings and establish a corporate culture that is open, value-driven and rooted in integrity.” VW had previously announced a goal to sell one million electric and hybrid vehicles annually by 2025, so this new initiative—as well as the news of a giant battery factory—lines up nicely with that. Volkswagen says it will work to develop a “competitive self-driving system (SDS)” that it can sell to other companies by the end of the decade. With VW’s home country of Germany planning to adopt a rule in 2030 requiring all new vehicles to be emissions-free, we know at least one place where the new VW models should sell like hotcakes. Via Engadget Images via VW

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Reusable Pizza Pan Could Keep Billions of Cardboard Boxes Out of US Landfills Every Year

October 6, 2011 by  
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Image Courtesy of Good News Reuse You may put your share of the more than 3 billion pizza boxes discarded in the country every year in the recycling bin, but it doesn’t mean they’re getting a second life. The grease and food (cheese, usually) left in the boxes makes them hard to recycle , if you make the effort to fold the thing enough to get it in the bin in the first place. Now, sustainably-minded Good News Reuse is looking to take a lot of th… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Steve Jobs: The Computer is a Bicycle For Our Minds

October 6, 2011 by  
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Still from documentary ‘Memory and Imagination ‘ Following on from Mike’s Vale for Steve Jobs . I’d like to tender, as my tribute, this quote and video, in which a young Steve, ever the visionary, remarks: … the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. Full quote and video below. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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