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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…
Coffee cup sharing in NY aims to cut paper waste
New Yorkers alone throw away around 7 million paper coffee cups every day, which is why there have been plenty of recent efforts to get consumers to either recycle or avoid using them. Products such as KeepCup — which encourage coffee lovers to use their own drinking containers — have been around since 2009, but now a new scheme called Good To Go aims to introduce a Citi Bike-style cup rental system for New York’s cafés and bistros. READ MORE…
Project leverages Instagram to clean up abandoned bikes on NY streets
We’ve already seen Canada’s Trashswag help document the useable goods that are left on the sidewalk. Now the Dead Pedal NY project is getting residents to document the city’s abandoned bikes via Instagram so authorities can do something about it. READ MORE…
Eco home heating from food waste and underground trains
Cities need to look away from the ever-dwindling supplies of non-renewable resources to provide the power their citizens demand. Two new initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic are now harnessing the energy that’s considered a waste product of existing system to heat homes. The Department of Sanitation New York and Islington Council in the UK are respectively introducing systems that turn residents’ organic food waste and excess heat from the London Underground tube network into energy to warm households. READ MORE…
Plantable Christmas wrapping paper is embedded with seeds
Celebrations are a time for indulging in certain luxuries, but they can lead to a fair amount of waste. We’ve already written about Throw & Grow biodegradable confetti — which turns into flowers after it’s been thrown at weddings — and now Christmas wrapping paper is getting the eco treatment, with Eden’s Paper enabling consumers to plant it and grow vegetables after they’ve finished swapping gifts. READ MORE…
Restaurant lets customers pay with trash
Composting is a good way to make use of organic material that otherwise might end up in landfill and there are plenty of opportunities for consumers to benefit from collecting their food waste, such as New York City’sHello Compost scheme, which provides fresh food to low income families in return for their compostable goods. Operating on a similar basis, the temporary BIOMAT restaurant in Austria has enabled diners to exchange their biodegradable waste for a meal. READ MORE…
Tent doubles as a trash bag to tackle festival waste
The rising popularity of music festivals located in the countryside has meant that the beautiful scenery they take place in is often left looking more like a trash pile once the crowds have dispersed. In order to make it easier for revelers to pick up the inevitable garbage they create over the weekend, waste product manufacturer Glad has developed the Glad Tent — a festival shelter designed to become a receptacle for trash and thrown away after use. 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…
In Finland, smart waste containers inform collectors when they need emptying
London’s Renew has already used smart trash cans to show relevant information to passersby, but what about waste collectors? The Enevo ONe Collect is a solution that lets authorities know exactly which containers need emptying on their route. READ MORE…
Picnic blanket doubles as a disposable trash bag
There are plenty of innovations that make it easier for consumers to enjoy the warm weather – take the hybridSpeaker Blanket for example. However, public parks suffer the most in summer months due the amount of trash that isn’t cleared away. Aiming to solve this problem, the Netherland’s CleanPicnic blanket transforms into a sealable, disposable waste bag. 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…
Crowdsourcing app rewards users for reporting illegal dumps
Illegal dumping is a scourge that does untold environmental harm, yet a lack of data has long made the magnitude of the problem difficult to estimate. That’s where TrashOut comes in. The free mobile app not only gives consumers a way to report illegal dumps, but it also rewards them with badges for the steps they take toward getting those dumps cleaned up. READ MORE…
For every restaurant meal enjoyed, a donation to feed the hungry
It’s a sad fact that one in six North Americans go to bed hungry every night, and we’ve already seen an initiative that encourages diners to give half their meal portion to the needy. Recently, however, we came across TangoTab, a site that helps feed the hungry every time a user enjoys a meal at a participating restaurant. READ MORE…