Virgin, Qantas, United and the revival of alt jet fuels

July 6, 2015 by  
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In the last five years or so, an entire genre of reporting on the aviation industry has emerged around the potential of sustainable fuel sources. Usually opening with something like, “watch out, oil companies,” those stories have all pointed out that while there is no shortage of viable biofuel possibilities, a lack of new industry regulation and uncertainty about cost structures have kept those lofty aspirations firmly on the ground.

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What can I reuse or recycle as moulds for making new crayons from old ones?

March 20, 2012 by  
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We asked about stuff to reuse/recycle as homemade soup moulds not too long ago but Danell has messaged with a variation on that theme: I want to melt old crayon stubs together to make new crayons for kids. I know I could use old muffin tins or ice cube trays, neither of which I have, but I was wanting them in a little more interesting shapes. I’ve seen them made in candy molds, but again, I don’t have any. Any ideas? A lot of the soup mould ideas we had resulted in practical rather than interesting shapes – but I’m sure there are interesting shaped potential moulds out there too 🙂 I’d look to kid-related packaging – sweet (candy) packaging or toy packaging which is formed plastic around a shape. With Easter coming up, there might be a few egg or bunny shapes floating around for reuse. Another idea might be to make your own moulds: I suspect Danell doesn’t have all the time in the world for carving intricate shapes but — and this is a complete I-have-no-knowledge-about-this suggestion — could they be made from something like salt dough? Could you make a sheet of salt dough in a baking tray and press fun shapes into it – again toys or magnetic letters – then varnish it to use as a mould? Please feel free to correct me if that wouldn’t work! One thing to remember – there needs to be a balance between interesting shapes and usability. I’ve seen some new crayons made in star shaped moulds but I imagine the pointy bits would hurt small hands and be a bit awkward to hold too. Any other ideas? What have you used for interesting shaped moulds — whether for crayons, soap or sweets? Have you made your own moulds from anything in particular?

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Toyota to Introduce All-Electric Scion iQ Next Year

July 11, 2011 by  
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Now that Toyota has dominated the hybrid market for a decade, the automaker is finally coming out with an all-electric in the U.S. to compete with other leading automakers’ offerings.  At a dealer meeting in Las Vegas, Toyota announced that it will launch the Scion iQ sometime next year. The Scion iQ is known as the Toyota iQ outside the U.S. and has existed as a super efficient gasoline engine car in other countries for a few years now.  The urban ultra compact EV will be a small four-passenger car that will have a 50 mile range, good for those who just need to get around town. The car has a 3+1 seating arrangement to optimize seating room within the small car.  Because of its smaller size, it will be interesting to see how much lower it’s priced compared to something like the LEAF, since we’ve recently seen that when it comes to EVs, price seens to be the biggest factor of all . Through its partnership with Tesla, Toyota will be coming out with an all-electric RAV4 in 2012 as well. via Treehugger

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How can I reuse or recycle old net curtains?

December 6, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Shannon: We’ve got loads of net curtains from the days before we all realised they were naff! They’re chintzy and are nylon or polyester or something. Do you have any recycling ideas? If they’re still in good condition, you could try passing them on – ask on Freecycle/Freegle or ask a charity shop if they’ll take them (a charity shop with a lot of furniture or a furniture specific charity would probably be best, if there is one near you).

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Eating Vegan: Answering the Egg Question

January 28, 2010 by  
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Last week, a commenter on my post about giving up cheese mentioned that eggs are a real stumbling block for her.

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Beautiful Wood iPhone Skin Helps with Reforestation

November 9, 2009 by  
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Image via Vers It’s no secret we like gadgets covered in wood – something about the feeling of permanence. Plus, wood makes for a solid protective cover for something like an iPhone

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China Wants to Take "a Leadership Role" On Climate: An Interview with WWF’s Yang Fuqiang, Part 2

November 9, 2009 by  
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When it comes to China’s efforts to curtail greenhouse gases, Dr. Yang Fuqiang, director of global climate solutions at the World Wildlife Fund , has an optimal vantage point.

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Bio-Plastics Could Replace Up to 90% of Plastics, But Not in Short Term

November 9, 2009 by  
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270 Million Tons of Plastics in 2007 Bioplastics are certainly not a panacea – they have their problems – but if we are to someday move to a world free of fossil fuels (by choice or by necessity), we’ll need something to make plastics. Researchers from Utrecht University conducted a study that was commissioned by the associations European Bioplastics and the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE), and their findings were pretty interesting…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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