One Game Thing: Recycling Clothes Virtually and IRL

One Game Thing: Recycling Clothes Virtually and IRL

The retailer H&M, which has long given a discount to shoppers who bring in old clothes to recycle, is taking its “game” to a whole new level.  They’re partnering with Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Jones to promote their sustainability programs both online and in real life.  Jones now has an avatar, and both of […]

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Ford and HP Team Up to Recycle 3D Printing Waste into Auto Parts

Ford and HP Team Up to Recycle 3D Printing Waste into Auto Parts

Ford has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to turn spent 3D-printed powder and parts into stronger, lighter, and more cost-effective vehicle parts. The recycled, injection-molded parts will first be used on Ford’s Super Duty F-250 trucks and have better chemical and moisture resistance than conventional versions. 

Why This Matters: 3D printing makes use of plastic and metal powders that, when disposed of in landfills, can contaminate groundwater and end up in the air, harming human health.

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One Cool Thing: Wind Turbines Recycled Into Cement

One Cool Thing: Wind Turbines Recycled Into Cement

One of the problems with wind turbines is what to do with the giant blades once they wear out.  Now there is an answer.  E&E News reports that Veolia Environnement SA has struck a deal with General Electric to shred the fiberglass blades into a material that can replace coal, sand, and clay at cement […]

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Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes click button

Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes

Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Prince of Songkla University in Thailand was shocked five years ago to realize the sheer amount of ocean debris that washes up on the beaches in his country. Thailand has a serious problem with ocean plastic —  it is the fifth biggest contributor […]

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New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New technology developed in Japan provides a much-needed breakthrough for capturing carbon released from a concentrated source like a thermal power plant and “recycling” it to create other gas fuels like methane, methanol, and gasoline.  And scientists from the U.K. have discovered that green algae known as “green snow” on the Antarctic Peninsula are a significant carbon sink for the continent, absorbing approximately 479 tons of carbon a year through photosynthesis.

Why This Matters: Carbon recycling will help reduce global warming by re-using the CO2, which would otherwise be let go into the atmosphere.

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Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

As a result of what they learned in China, Starbucks will not allow people to bring in their own “vessels” to get their cup of joe as a result of the coronavirus outbreak — the “temporary” measure went into effect last week and will remain so for the foreseeable future. 

Why This Matters:  There are times when — particularly with respect to health and safety — single-use plastic items are a necessity.  This coronavirus outbreak is one of those times.

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