Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

Recycle Tires And Make Sinks

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Santa Monica, California-based design firm Minarc has come up with an ingenious way to reuse old tires and make them into bathroom sinks.  The rubber on tires are one of the most wasted materials on earth. In the United States, about 300 million tires are discarded every year. read more »

Second Glass Reusing Broken Windshields

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Creative ways to recycle scrap is a favorite here at TheModernGreen.  Case in point, there are so many auto accidents in the United States, and many wonderful ways to recycle the scrap metal.  However, not much has been done about the broken windshields.  Now a company called Second Glass is recycling the windshields from junk cars to make practical room partitions, walls, or lighting.

Second Glass is a great example of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy, and are part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

Not much is known about the process of how they they recycle the windshields.  However, it is a patent pending process that, according to their website, “While simple in concept it is a complex formula of art and science. We can add color to coordinate with other design elements.”

via secondglass

Illuminate Highways With Turbine Light

Friday, February 5th, 2010

One way to make our cities more energy efficient is to use the energy we already use and make it go further.  That is the concept behind Turbine Light.  It uses the wind generated by cars and trucks to power the lights and recycles that energy used to produce more energy to light the highways.  It is a good idea, but there are a few issues with this concept. read more »

Calstar’s Fly Ash Bricks

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Last year we brought you fly ash concrete and fly ash countertops.  The trend continues with fly ash bricks and fly ash pavers by Calstar.  They are made from 40% fly ash, 60% local aggregates, and some proprietary ingredients.  These products are not made with Portland cement or any other energy intensive firing resulting in substantial carbon savings. read more »

Recycle Your Cell Phone At An ATM?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

ecoatmkioskMany cell phone companies are starting to make it easier on customers to recycle their phones.  Some, like Sprint, have even made a cell phone made from recycled materials like the Sprint Reclaim.  However, EcoATM is changing the game and making it very easy.  Its just a simple 3 step process.

Step 1) Insert portable CE device or handset
Step 2) Used device automatically valued
Step 3) Portables automatically binned inside. User receives trade-up coupon, gift card, and/or charitable contribution

Over the last year, EcoATM has enjoyed much success in its Omaha, Nebraska location inside Nebraska Furniture Mart.  Now it is planning to go nationwide with more locations opening up in San Diego, Washington state and Vermont read more »

Bacteria Produces Biofuel

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Rhodococcus bacteriaMIT researchers are engineering a bacteria to produce biofuel.  The bacteria is a close cousin to the strain that causes tuberculosis, however, it is only dangerous if you happened to be a toxic compound. read more »

Going Green At School

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Green_AppleFor many students across the U.S., today was the first day of school.  That means kids out of your hair…uhh…I mean they have a great opportunity to learn in a fantastic school environment.  However, it is also another opportunity in going green.  If I sit and think about all the waste when I was going to school, there is a huge opportunity to not only help save our environment, but to also teach kids at a young age not to live wasteful lives.

1. Plastic storage bags – Instead of using new storage bags every time you send your child to school, tell them to bring them home so you can wash and reuse them.  Even better, put their sandwiches in hard plastic storage containers.  This way you can wash and reuse them, and their sandwich wont be a sadwich that was all mangled by the apple you stuck in there. read more »

Eco Friendly Concrete Countertops – 5 Pointers

Friday, August 21st, 2009

concrete-countertopsConcrete and paper countertops are some of the hottest trends in environmentally friendly design.  However, not all concrete is made the same.  Some can be more eco friendly than others.  Here are some ways to make sure your concrete countertops are green.

1.  Make sure there is as little portland cement in the mix as possible.  Portland cement takes a lot of energy to produce, and thought the end product may be green, the process is not. read more »

Leftovers to Electricity

Monday, August 17th, 2009

virgin-island1With 2 million tourists visiting the Virgin Island every year, it is not surprising that the small island of about 100,000 has a problem with tourist waste.  In fact, they have so much of it that the EPA has fined the territory for the excessive solid waste and is now running out of places to put it 146,000 tons of garbage.

Alpine Energy Group to the rescue.  They plan on building 2 waste-to-energy plants that would essentially burn all the excess municipal solid waste in order to create steam that will create electricity.

The process starts by making the waste into a homogeneous material called “fluff”.  Then the remaining metal scraps are taken out and the fluff is compressed into pellets that are then burned.  The steam produced will then power turbines which will in turn produce electricity.  This seems like a great solution to an overwhelming problem…right?

I hate to be the one that simply points out faults in a plan instead of coming up with something better, but aren’t we just replacing one kind of pollution (trash) into another kind of pollution (air)?  The vast majority of municipal solid waste is either biodegradable or recyclable.  Is this a case of out of sight out of mind?  Is it not possible that the organic matter could be composted and sold and the paper and plastic could be recycled?

Overall, I am glad that they are less dependent on fossil fuels, but this cannot be the best solution to ultimate problem of pollution.  What are your thoughts?

via cleantechnica

image via snorkelingguide.info

Free Computer Recycling Service for Virginia, Washington, D.C

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Dell has teamed up with Goodwill to help recycle unused computers. The details are as follows…

  • Reconnect offers consumers free recycling for any brand of computer equipment in any condition. Consumers can find a drop-off location at www.reconnectpartnership.com.
  • Each of the seven members of the Virginia Goodwill Network is participating, with the combined territories covering Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area.
  • Program goals are to divert over 2.7 million pounds of used computers and computer equipment from area landfills over the next year; and provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal. Reconnect can also help create job opportunities for individuals who have barriers to employment or independence.
  • Consumers can drop off used computers at any of 134 Goodwill donation centers across the region. Goodwill will accept and sort the donated computer equipment and Dell’s product recovery partner will recycle and remarket the recycled materials. Consumers are read more »