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Eco shower device turns waste hot water into an energy source
Smart devices are already helping homeowners to monitor their resource usage and reduce utility bills, with products like Sprāv focusing particularly on tracking how much water is used in the shower. However, such devices typically only inform and don’t offer practical solutions. Ecodrain is an easy-to-install drain that heats cold water using the hot water going down the plug hole. READ MORE…
In Japan, store sells secondhand booze
Passing on used goods is a time honored way to ensure that resources don’t get wasted, and Japan has plenty of secondhand stores. There’s even one in Tokyo calledPass The Baton, which attaches the story of the previous owner to each item. While such stores don’t typically accept food and drink items, LiquorOFF is now taking in and reselling donors’ unwanted spirits, beers and wines, helping consumers to save money on alcohol. READ MORE…
These water bottles can be mailed to a recycling plant for free
Bottles water has become an environmental concern over the past couple of decades, even leading to organizations such as Ban The Bottle. While an outright ban is unlikely to materialize any time soon, a new startup called Treeson Spring Water is aiming to make its bottles as eco as possible, including a free mail-back system to ensure they get recycled. READ MORE…
Train station upcycles lost property for pop-up store
We recently wrote about how the Glove Love service is saving separated gloves from going to waste by matching them with other lost gloves and selling them. Following a similar concept, the Lost & Found pop-up store in the Netherlands is now turning unclaimed goods into new products to sell. READ MORE…
Indoor herb holders give old wine bottles new life
Restaurants get through a large number of wine bottles, and eco-conscious kitchens typically send them to be recycled once they’re finished. However, this process still uses up resources, which has prompted Portuguese startup My Little Garden to turn the containers into plant holders that help homeowners and businesses grow their own herbs. READ MORE…
Hotel creates tote bag made from used bedsheets
Guests expect fresh sheets as a minimum from quality hotel accommodation, but this means that those businesses end up getting through a huge amount of linen. Rather than send its used bedsheets to landfill, UK Marriott hotels has created the Bed Linen Tote, a stylish bag that is made out of recycled bedsheets. READ MORE…
Site helps starving artists with second-hand creative supplies
Art materials can be expensive, especially those trying to make creativity their full-time occupation. At the same time, many households often have materials lying around the house without getting used. Creative Resale is a platform that helps anyone to resell their unused art supplies to those that need it. READ MORE…
This machine makes surrendering items at airport security a good thing
Airport security has become ever tighter over the years, which is good for safety but can cause irritation for travelers. Nowadays customers can’t take bottles of liquid on board and are asked to relinquish them at security checks, which is annoying and also bad for the environment when they’re sent to landfill. In order to tackle this problem, Frankfurt Airport has set up recycling banks for those bottles, giving customers the additional option to send money to the charity of their choice. READ MORE…
At Rio carnival, beer cans recycled in exchange for train rides
One way to encourage people to recycle their trash is to offer something in return – something that Mexico’sMercado du Trueque scheme took advantage of. Now the Beer Turnstile marketing campaign in Brazil has seen carnival-goers hand in empty beer cans in return for a free train ride home. READ MORE…
Urban billboard ad repurposed as rain catcher in community garden
We’ve seen billboard ads repurposed for other uses, and we’ve seen a billboard that captures drinking water. Now combining a bit of both concepts, natural beauty company Burt’s Bees recently donated an old billboard ad to a school for reuse as a rain catcher. READ MORE…
In the Netherlands, ‘garbage bag’ encourages reuse of contents
The Swap-o-Matic vending machine has already provided one way to pass on unused items to others, rather than sending them to landfill. Another solution from the Netherlands comes in the form of the Goedzak – a transparent ‘garbage bag’ for unwanted goods that allows passersby to see inside and decide if they could make use of them. READ MORE…
World’s first recycled plastic asphalt paving trialled in Vancouver
We’ve already seen recyclable plastics enjoy new lives as stools, clothes and oil. Now the City of Vancouver has created a plastic-based asphalt which it is trialling for paved roads in the Canadian metropolis. READ MORE…
UK scheme turns old cars into new trees
Green schemes have been a regular on our pages for many years, but it’s rare that we come across an initiative that uses a traditional polluter as a force for environmental good. This is exactly what Scrap Car Plant Tree hopes to do though by encouraging owners of old cars to donate the vehicle in order to raise money for the creation of new green spaces in UK cities. READ MORE…
Clothing fabric recycled from landfill trash
We recently saw UK-based Studio Swine develop a technique for getting plastic debris out of the ocean to create the Sea Chair, tackling two environmental issues at once. Now Vapor Apparel is launching its ECO Spin fabric which is made of recycled materials that are taken from landfill. READ MORE…
In Scotland, a recycling program for disposable diapers
Disposable diapers are an environmental scourge that have long challenged even the best-laid recycling plans, but a new trial program in Scotland aims to tackle the problem on a broad scale once and for all. Motivated by the 160 million diapers that get sent to landfills in Scotland each year, Zero Waste Scotland has devised a scheme whereby used “nappies,” as they’re called there, will be recycled and converted into items such as garden furniture or roof tiles. READ MORE…