Posts Tagged ‘reuse’

Recharge Alkaline Batteries

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

You heard that right.  Alkaline batteries can be recharged.  A battery is nothing more than 2 or more electrically active metals with an electrolyte in between them.  The electrolyte both separates the metals and allows electrons to go between the metals.  When a battery discharges, a chemical reaction takes place within that little AA battery to produce the current.   read more »

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

New Lithium Batteries Good for 10,000 Charges

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Battery technology has lagged behind in terms of advancement.  There are two main hindrances with batteries…storage capacity and wear.  We have found some interesting alternatives to batteries, but the old double a  is going to be hard to replace in form, and until there are some real breakthroughs we might have to hold on to our dreams of phones and laptops with super fast processors.  However, before you wake up, a company has come through with an innovation in the wear category. 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 »

E.Coli Cleans Nuclear Waste

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

EcoliEveryone knows that E.Coli makes people sick to their stomach.  Well, it turns out that it gives nuclear waste a big stomach ache as well.  It turns out that researchers at the University of Birmingham found that E.Coli break down phytic acid and release phosphate molecules which then bind to uranium.   read more »

Teenager Invents $40 Solar Panel Made From Human Hair

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Milan KarkiWhen you go to get your locks chopped, we just see all the hair that should be thrown away.  Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a  village in rural Nepal, saw an opportunity.  He discovered that hair could be used to conduct electricity, and now thinks he could revolutionize the solar industry. read more »

Best Things To Buy Used – Computers

Friday, August 28th, 2009

dell-latitude-d630-laptopTechnology in chips increases regularly, but for the average user, there is no need to pay the high dollar for the newest, fastest chip.  Here are some decent specs for a computer.

Dell Lattitude

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 3M L2 Cache, 1066FSB

Screen Size: 14.1″

Memory: 4 GB DDR 2 SDRAM 800MHz (2 DIMMs) 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 »

Reusing Bottle Caps

Friday, August 21st, 2009

orange clockpopA woman from Greece decided that she got tired of throwing away bottle caps, so she decided to save them and have her kids play with them.  Then one day, struck by inspiration, Alison Davidson decided that the bottle caps were beautiful in their own right, and decided that she had to do something with them.  Davidson thought they looked eerily similar to the markers on a clock that she had just bought for her son’s room, so she decided to make a clock.

She took spokes from old bikes, put the bottle caps on the ends of them and put a battery-powered clock work.  She dubbed it “Clockpop,” and continued to make more for her friends and family as gifts.  Then as word got around, people started to ask her to sell them.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and she opened up her online shop REaction Gifts where she reuses cd’s to make small clocks read more »