Piecing together the shattered economics of glass recycling

March 7, 2017 by  
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Municipal recyclers say there is no demand for recycled glass. Glass processing companies say they can’t get enough.

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9 Valentines Day gifts that last longer than a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates

February 9, 2017 by  
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If you are feeling like you are in a Valentine’s Day gifts idea rut, we’ve got some good, green suggestions for you. While some are simply more eco-friendly and sustainable versions of traditional Valentine’s presents, we’ve also rounded up a few other unexpected ideas, gifts that benefit others. Whether helping to fund solar energy projects in Chad, empowering women, or employing artisans around the world, these presents are made to last, and that is good for everyone. 1. Succulent garden Long-lasting and harder for brown thumbs to kill, succulent plants make a lovely gift for homeowners and Lula’s Garden takes in-home and easy gardening to the next level with its Valentine’s Day collection . The SoCal-sourced succulents come in their own planter gift box and are pre-planted, eliminating packaging waste. Cali residents have even more options for a selection. 2. Lingerie with an eco ethos Lingerie isn’t exactly a novel Valentine’s Day gift idea, but these aren’t your average bra and underwear offerings. Naja’s gorgeous lingerie is made using digital and sublimation printing, drastically reducing the amount of water used in the manufacturing process. They also include fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and are experimenting with other eco-friendly fabrics and technologies. The majority of Naja’s garment factory employees are single moms or female heads of households; in addition to flexible work policies, above-market wages, and healthcare benefits, the children of every Naja garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms, and school meals paid by Naja. Naja is serious about empowering women, but the brand is happy to toe the line between playful and sophisticated with cheeky knickers printed with adorable animals as well as elegant nude lingerie options for a variety of skin shades. 3. Artisan gift box Subscription gift boxes have exploded in recent years, and the monthly gifts from Globe In bring a socially conscious and artistic bent to the trend. Each themed “box” comes in a handwoven palm leaf basket filled with a variety of goodies. The Cozy Box, for example, includes a fair trade scarf from Thailand, a hand-painted Tunisian mug, and fair trade cocoa powder from Ghana . Whether you buy a one-off box or a monthly subscription, your gift is guaranteed to be a hit and to help artisans and makers around the world. 4. Hand-poured candles that help provide solar energy Starling Project candles come in four fragrances ranging from sultry Juniper + Saffron to comforting Vanilla + Hemlock. Soy-based and hand-poured in Brooklyn, the candles come in handmade glass containers and last up to 60 hours. Starling candles help bring light to homes across the world: the company has donated over $100,000 to UNICEF solar energy projects in Chad. 5. Sustainable and sophisticated jewelry Philadelphia-based jewelry brand Bario Neal is known for creating classic and cutting edge pieces that use ethically-sourced and recycled materials and for using low-impact environmentally conscious practices (which you can read about here ). Whether you go the custom route or grab a pair of modern diamond studs , the jewelry wizards at this proudly feminist company will create a piece that is traceable and responsible. 6. The gift of education The quickest way to make a $58 gift last a whole year? Make a donation to the International Rescue Committee and sponsor a girl’s education for a school year . The IRC works around the globe to help people whose lives are affected by conflict and crisis and to improve communities through education, economic wellbeing, and health efforts. In 2015, the IRC helped educate more than 13,000 girls in Afghanistan alone! 7. Hand-crafted home goods made from reclaimed and repurposed materials The husband and wife team that formed Peg and Awl have a gift for creating  practical and durable heirlooms for both the home and people. Their ever-expanding line of handmade goods includes roomy waxed canvas weekender bags with vintage zippers ,  macabre recycled metal rings , and a tree swing . Every piece is crafted in an old casket factory, and many are reclaimed from materials that are over 100-years-old. Image via Tamar Nahir Yanai’s Etsy page 8. A crafting kit Give the gift of creativity…and perhaps a little peace and quiet. An embroidery kit is a perfect, easy entrée into the world of crafting ; it’s also a balm for the soul during turbulent times. Whether you choose a kit with a wildflower theme, a mandala design, or something unexpected , getting your love’s hands moving in another way besides working their thumbs to a frenzy on their device is rejuvenating and restorative, not to mention fun. If you are gifting this to a mom or dad with young ones, be sure to include a “coupon” to watch his or her little ones so that crafting time is blissfully uninterrupted. 9. Recycled glass barware Elevate your after-dinner drinks with recycled glassware from Bambeco . Pick your poison and sip it thoughtfully, perhaps from the five beer flight  which includes a reclaimed wine barrel stave holder as well as five glasses made from recycled wine coolers.  Or knock back a cold one in a recycled   lager glass crafted in a factory that uses recycled cooking and engine oil to fuel the furnace and reuses gray water and collected rainwater in the production process. Lead image via Lula’s Garden

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Recycled glass tiles offer a dual exploration of beauty in the discarded

April 1, 2016 by  
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Artaic’s latest designs examine the concept of reuse through patterns and textures of discarded material created in 100% recycled glass tile. The unique series, which presents stylized motifs of scrap paper, peeling paint, torn cardboard, dismantled pallets, and reclaimed wood, draws inspiration from the tile material itself – produced entirely from waste glass. Read the rest of Recycled glass tiles offer a dual exploration of beauty in the discarded

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Raise A Glass To Ohio’s Recycling Success

November 4, 2015 by  
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Glass. It should be one of the most easily recyclable materials. Glass can be recycled into new bottles and jars an infinite number of times and it never wears out. Making new glass items from recycled glass reduces related water pollution by 50%….

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

February 3, 2015 by  
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“Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

February 3, 2015 by  
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  Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use. Cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers , handkerchiefs , and Glad Rags-type menstrual cloths are growing in popularity, but there’s one area in which we may all be eco-offenders: the ‘loo. Enter “family cloths”, also known as reusable toilet paper. These are washable strips of cotton flannel that folks can use to wipe with, but are they just too gross for most people to consider? Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of “Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cloth diaper , cloth diapers , family cloths , laundry , menstrual cloth , reusable wipes , toilet paper , toilet wipes , water conservation , water pollution

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18 Green Gifts for the Home

November 30, 2014 by  
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  A house becomes a home when it’s filled with the energy of those who live there, and the houseware items  we’ve put together for this year’s gift guide can help make a home as luminous and eco-friendly as possible. Recycled glass tumblers, sustainable bamboo bowls, and the cutest little hedgehog dryer buddies ever are just a few of the gems  we’ve found that can help make this holiday the greenest yet. GREEN ECO-GIFTS FOR THE HOME > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjust-a-bowl , apartment laundry machine , apiary , bamboo bowls , bamboo cutting board , bamboo toothbrushes , bee hive , beehive , bowl , bowl covers , bowls , candle , candles , castile soap , compost , compost pail , cork , Cork Bowl , cotton bowl covers , cotton paper towels , countertop compost pail , cutting board , Dr. Bronners , dryer hedgehogs , eco candle , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco soy candle , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , eco-friendly gifts for the home , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gifts for the home , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holidaygift guide , green presents , green xmas , guest toothbrush , hedgehogs , hemp produce bags , home gifts , home presents , household gifts , household presents , Kikkerland , laundry pod , map coasters , neighbourhoods , organic cotton , produce bags , recycled glass , recycled glasses , soy candles , stainless steel straws , steel straws , straws , throw blankets , Williams-Sonoma

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Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

November 30, 2014 by  
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Are you a busy person who constantly forgets to charge her phone? If yes, you may be interested in Tommy Hilfiger’s new solar-powered field jacket. Designed to help give mobile electronics a boost of on-the-go juice, the waterproof jacket combines flexible solar panels with stylish tartan wool patterns. The jacket is available in two different styles and half of the proceeds of the jacket will be donated to the Fresh Air Fund , a NYC non-profit that reunites low-income children with nature. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flexible solar panels , Fresh Air fund , smartphone , solar panel jacket , solar panels , Solar Power , solar powered jacket , tommy hilfiger , wearables

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Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

November 11, 2014 by  
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Tranglass is one of our favorite recycled-design projects of all time. Contradicting the old notion that recycling in design equals handicrafts made from buttons and popsicle sticks, the Transglass project  proves once and for all that the efficient reuse of waste materials can go hand in hand with haute design. Designers Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden have created a gorgeous line of tableware from recycled wine and beer bottles from the restaurant industry. Tumblers, vases, and carafes are all fashioned through collecting, cleaning and re-cutting old glassware into new shapes. Read the rest of Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emma Woffenden , glass , glasses , Guatemalana recycled glass , jug , jugs , recycled glass , recycled glass dishes , recycled glass tableware , recycled glass vase , tableware , Tord Boontje , Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden , Transglass , vase , vases

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

May 23, 2014 by  
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