June 28, 2013
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African artist El Anatsui makes wall hangings out of recycled materials

This African artist uses recycled bits and pieces for his massive wall hangings Continue reading

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April 17, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Charming microhomes built with salvaged heritage lumber

As a built expression of deliberate simplicity and local building traditions, these picturesque tiny homes are built by Charles Finn using recycled materials. Continue reading

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April 10, 2013
by Recycling
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Why Are Recycled-Content Products So Expensive?

Here at Earth911, we often feature cool new products made from reclaimed or recycled materials. When we do, the most common question we hear from readers is, “Why are recycled-content products so expensive?” We’re not the only…

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April 1, 2013
by Reduce
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Taiwanese Firm Building E-Waste Factory Made Out of Trash

The structure will feature walls made from glass fiber recovered from motherboards, and ceilings made with the plastic left over from CDs and DVDs. Continue reading

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February 11, 2013
by Reduce
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Green Your Workout with Recycled Fitness Gear

Greening your workout isn’t always straightforward, since when you head to the gym or out for a run there’s only so much you can do to green your routine. Seeking out recycled items for your workout may be easier than you think, though, so take a look at some of our suggestions to make fitness more eco-friendly. Continue reading

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October 24, 2012
by MoreRecycling
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Reclaiming rare earths: Improving process to recycle rare-earth materials

Recycling keeps paper, plastics, and even jeans out of landfills. Could recycling rare-earth magnets do the same? Perhaps, if the recycling process can be improved. Scientists are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, … Continue reading

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September 20, 2012
by Reduce
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Ditch Virgin Paper for Recycled Options

Stop for a minute and think about all the paper products you use on a daily basis; at home, at work, when you’re running errands. The average American uses 5.57 40-foot trees worth of paper each year, according to The Economist. Paper, however, is fairly easy to recycle, and more paper is recycled in the [...] Continue reading

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August 27, 2012
by MoreRecycling
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Advanced tornado/hurricane shelter panels from recycled materials

Recycled materials may become armor against flying debris: Panels for a new high-tech shelter have passed the National Storm Shelter Association’s tornado threat test. Continue reading

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July 24, 2012
by Reduce
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GE on Board with EPA Waste-Reduction Programs

GE has established itself as an appliance manufacturing giant, but now the colossal company is looking to downsize its eco footprint. This spring, GE announced additional participation in two of EPA’s voluntary programs designed to help companies become more sustainable. EPA’s WasteWise program is a waste-reduction initiative and the SmartWay Program aims to decrease transportation-related [...] Continue reading

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April 4, 2012
by Reduce
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A Cooler Alternative to Polystyrene

You’re headed to the big game, giving yourself ample time to tailgate. You decide to stop at the local convenience store for some brews, but realize you forgot your cooler. Until now, your only option was to compromise and buy a cheap, wasteful, less-than-durable polystyrene cooler or sip on warm beer in the beating sunlight, [...] Continue reading

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March 5, 2012
by Reduce
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Streets Made From Toilets: Gross or Green?

Cities are testing out some pretty crazy materials for road construction in an attempt to go green – porous asphalt, recycled roofing shingles and even plastic bottles. Here’s one more to add to the list: The city of Bellingham, Wash. just completed a pedestrian walkway incorporating recycled porcelain from more than 400 crushed toilets that [...] Continue reading

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March 2, 2012
by Reduce
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’100 Mile House’ Contest Calls for Truly Local Building

You’ve heard of living local, but the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) is taking the idea to a new, sustainable level with a community challenge. The challenge; build a four person, 1,200 square foot home that exclusively uses materials that have been recycled or manufactured less than 100 miles from Vancouver. The grand prize; [...] Continue reading

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December 13, 2011
by Roger Greenway, ENN
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Green Christmas suggestions from IzzitGreen

Just in time for our readers’ last minute Christmas Shopping, our friends from IzzitGreen have come up with five great eco-friendly Holiday gifts. As an additional eco-incentive 50% of the proceeds earned for any purchase of the Get to Know Nature bag … Continue reading

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October 31, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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For Halloween, the Duke and Duchess of LEED

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
This comes from Lindsay Scherr, the daughter of my longtime colleague Jacob Scherr:

“For our local Hallowgreen Party, Jon and I braved the rain in our handmade costumes m… Continue reading

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October 19, 2011
by Reduce
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America’s Waste in Numbers: Then and Now

Graphics by Amanda Wills Curbside recycling now serves about half of the U.S. population, but that wasn’t the case in 1970 when very few cities offered these programs. In order to recycle, most residents had to transport recyclables to drop-off centers, which severely limited participation. The U.S. recycling rate in 1970 was 6.6 percent, compared to [...] Continue reading

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August 31, 2011
by Reduce
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‘Bionic’ iPad 2 Case Made From Bottles

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly case for your iPad 2, look no further. The Bionic iPad 2 Case from Seattle-based manufacturer Brenthaven will give you the durability and sustainability you’re looking for. The design is so chic and functional, you’d never guess it’s made from recycled plastic bottles. The case is the first of [...] Continue reading

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August 16, 2011
by Reduce
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Illinois Reusing Shingles to Repair Broken Roads

It is often said that cold-weather states have two seasons: winter and road construction. Salting and other snow-removal tactics take a heavy toll on roadways in cold-weather climates, and states that receive heavy snowfall often spend millions over the summer months to patch up potholes, cracks and other roadway damage. These projects are not only [...] Continue reading

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August 9, 2011
by Recycling
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Vivienne Westwood Launches Chic Recycled Handbag Line

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has made headlines for her environmental campaigns. And now she’s taking it to the next level with a new line of handbags made by Kenyan artisans from recycled materials. The Ethical Fashion Africa collection… …… Continue reading

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December 10, 2010
by Reduce
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Lifecycle of an Eco Flower

Christmas and Hanukkah account for 30 percent of all fresh flower and plant sales in the U.S. Before you select that perfect bouquet for Grandma or poinsettia for Aunt Peggy, have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact of the floral industry? From growing to shipping to disposal, a lot goes into making [...] Continue reading

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November 29, 2010
by Reduce
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Why You Can’t Ignore Plastics Recycling

Use the next 30 seconds to take stock of your current surroundings (in the meantime, we’ll finish up our coffee). It’s probably a safe bet that, during your highly local adventure, you found a plastic product in your immediate area – a takeout container from lunch, a wadded-up candy wrapper, even the mouse you’re using [...] Continue reading

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