Renewlogy turns low-grade plastic into usable fuels

June 7, 2019 by  
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Renewlogy is a three-way win: it’s a profitable business model, keeps plastic out of the landfills , and produces usable fuel. The creators of Renewlogy technology found inspiration out of disgust when they learned that less than 10 percent of plastic was being recycled through traditional recycling processes. Armed with an MIT education and pinpoint focus, the team designed a recycling system that can be built on-site, specific to the needs of the waste management company, with no pollution. With this method, Renewlogy’s systems can process up to 10 tons of plastic waste daily without the need for additional transportation costs and the fuel emissions that go along with it. Renewlogy systems offer a range of benefits over traditional recycling systems, primarily that they are able to accept all types of plastic, including the low-grade, single-use types that are otherwise not recyclable. Not only does this mean commercial processing of these low-grade materials, but the process even accepts contaminated and mixed streams of plastic that get thrown out in other systems. Related: How to celebrate World Environment Day Like standard recycling centers, the process begins with the collection and delivery of materials. Once onsite, the commingled plastic heads into the hopper where it is shredded into smaller pieces. Through a proprietary chemical process, the materials are then converted into high-value products used to make virgin plastic, diesel fuel and other petrochemical products. Gases offset throughout the process are captured and recycled so there are no toxic emissions . The first continuous-process commercial system in the United States was set up in Utah as a demonstration facility. From there, another large scale unit has been installed in Nova Scotia and several businesses are committed to integrating the system across the U.S. currently. Renewlogy has a waiting list where interested parties can sign up. As production of facilities ramps up, the company also has ocean clean-up goals on the horizon. Targeting limited-land use communities like islands and emerging urban developments that both struggle with limited space, the hope of the Renewlogy team is that they will be able to convert plastic into fuel onsite so that waste compilation is eliminated altogether. To support marine vessels collecting plastic from the ocean, Renewlogy offers a small-scale, portable system that can be used on-board the ship. In addition, they have developed ReFence, a system that diverts plastics out of rivers before it reaches the ocean . With an overarching goal of eliminating all plastic from landfills and ocean pollution , Renewlogy aims to set a long-term, sustainable example with continuing innovation in the field of plastic processing. + Renewlogy Images via Shutterstock

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Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

April 20, 2015 by  
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Reusable water bottles can take up a lot of space, but Hydaway folds down to just over an inch, so it can fit in a pocket, wallet, backpack, or just about anywhere. These food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic collapsible bottles are dishwasher safe, and can be filled up with fresh water for drinking on the go. Hydaway’s creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production, and reached their funding goal in the first day! Production has already begun, and if they manage to raise $70,000 by midnight on Earth Day , April 22nd 2015, they will donate 1 percent of their total fundraising goal to One Percent for the Planet ! They’re at nearly $58,000 right now, so you can help them reach their goal, and in turn, help the entire planet. + Hydaway Bottles on Kickstarter + Hydaway Bottles 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: BPA Free , BPA-free plastic bottle , collapsible bottle , foldable bottle , Hydaway , Hydaway bottle , hydaway bottles , kickstarter , reusable water bottle , silicone , water bottle

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Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

April 20, 2015 by  
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It’s easy to forget how much energy it takes to keep our food fresh. So imagine taking advantage of the earth’s natural underground insulation to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree , a Scandinavian design company created by Floris Schoonderbeek, specializes in products made to encourage people to take advantage of natural and outdoor living.  Their Groundfridge is a modern take on the familiar root cellar concept, allowing you to keep your produce fresh without traditional refrigeration . Read the rest of Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food storage , green design , green food storage , green refrigeration , milan 2015 , Milan Design , Milan Design Week , milan expo , milan fair , Milan Furniture Fair , refrigeration , The Ground Fridge

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Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

June 16, 2014 by  
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San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

December 18, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors are poised to approve one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban would extend legislation passed in 2007 that forbids the use of city funds to purchase bottled water, and would make it illegal to sell bottled water of 21 fluid ounces or less on city property or food trucks, at large events, or in parks. If passed, the ordinance would move San Francisco further towards its goal of producing zero net waste by 2020 . Read the rest of San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american beverage association , board of supervisors , Catherine Rauschuber , david chiu , landfill , plastic bottle , recycling , San Francisco , Waste , water bottle , water bottle ban        

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Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

March 11, 2013 by  
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Vapur  introduced several new products at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show that expand their line of BPA-free “Anti-Bottles” – including a new filtering technology that safely removes 99.99% of bacteria and organic matter (it can make even river water potable). With a collection of fun new colors and super cute DIY customizing kits for kids , Vapur is encouraging the whole family to keep hydrated. Read the rest of Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “flat pack” , anti-bottle , Eco , filter , graphics , green , housewares , kids , vapur , water bottle , water issues

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Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

January 2, 2013 by  
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Cities across the country have already worked towards banning plastic bags , and now Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the very first communities to ditch the single-use plastic bottle. The result of a three-year effort by local activists and an effective Ban the Bottle campaign, the new bylaw would make it illegal to sell non-sparkling, unflavored liquids in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter or less. With exceptions for emergencies, a first offense will garner a warning, the second infraction incurs a $25 fine, and the third transgression earns a $50 fine. Concord’s Health Division is in charge of enforcing the ban starting the first of this year. Read the rest of Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antimony , aquifer , Ban the Bottle , concord , concord health division , epa , Massachusetts , PET , plastic , plastic water bottle , polyethylene terephthalate , US

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“The Square” Re-Imagines the Shape of the Classic Water Bottle

September 18, 2012 by  
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When it comes to water bottles, it’s hip to be square. Made of stainless steel and BPA free plastic, The Square water bottle and its unique silhouette is the product of a three-year collaboration between engineers and designers from Apple, Stanford, and Frog Design . With ends that unscrew for easy cleaning and a shape that fits easily in the hand and does not roll away when set down to rest, the 20 oz bottle is currently looking for support through Kickstarter . Read the rest of “The Square” Re-Imagines the Shape of the Classic Water Bottle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , BPA Free , david mayer , frog design , kickstarter , stainless steel , stanford , the square , water bottle

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999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

May 1, 2012 by  
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999 Bottles is not just another water bottle – it’s a beautifully designed system that helps you track and visualize the positive impact you can have on the environment by drinking from reusable bottles instead of disposable ones. Artefact , the company that designed the 999 Bottles, is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing of the bottle – donate today to support this great green project! + 999 Bottles + 999 Bottles Kickstarter + Artefact 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: 999 bottles , 999bottles , drinking water , green design , green products , green water bottles , reusable water bottle , sustainable design , tap water , water issues

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Collapsible Water Bottle Invention Helps Save the Environment

September 16, 2010 by  
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Image from Aquatina Let’s face it; sometimes a person needs a bottle of water. In your handbag, briefcase, while hiking, or for a thirsty child. Here’s one answer

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