This honeycomb-shaped bike helmet folds to fit in your bag

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Made from recycled plastic, the Cyclo is designed to make it easier to carry a helmet with you.

 

This honeycomb-shaped bike helmet folds to fit in your bag

If you commute on a bike-share bike, you probably don’t wear a helmet—one recent study in Seattle found that only one in five riders using bike-share services wore helmets, versus more than 90% of riders with a bike of their own. It’s largely about convenience; most people don’t want to lug a bulky helmet around all day, particularly if they’ve left home on foot and might not necessarily ride later.

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New unprinting method can help recycle paper and curb environmental costs

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A new way to unprint paper using intense pulsed light from a xenon lamp.

Imagine if your printer had an “unprint” button that used pulses of light to remove toner—and thereby quintupled the lifespan of recycled paper.

A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-based methods, can work with the standard, coated paper used in home and office printers. The new method uses pulses of light from a xenon lamp, and can erase black, blue, red and green toners without damaging the paper, according to a study in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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Plastics recycled for use on roads

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As plastic increasingly chokes the world’s landfills, and China announced last year it didn’t want to buy recycled plastic anymore, the what to do with it all has become a pressing question.

Why not recycle it and use it to build roads?

Bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt will be cheaper and last longer than conventional pavement, according to independent experts.

One European firm already is combining plastic pellets with hot-mix asphalt to resurface roadways. A U.S. company says that once it finds financial backing, its product “could be deployed within six months” with a process that combines asphalt milled from the road’s surface with plastic urethane.

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Ocean plastic is a huge problem. Blockchain could be part of the solution.

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It’s all about stopping the flow of plastic into the marine environment.

Plastic Bank uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to give people living in impoverished areas an incentive to recycle.

The world’s oceans are awash in plastic, and the problem is only getting worse. Each year, 8 million metric tons of plastic debris ends up in the oceans, and that’s on top of the 150 million metric tons already in marine environments. The debris ensnares seabirds, starves whales and infiltrates the entire marine food chain — including humans, too, when we eat seafood.

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Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender – the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.

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Is the Era of Recycling Over?

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You probably do some form of recycling if you live in the U.S. You probably separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it? Are you in fact wasting your time?

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3Dom releases first-of-its-kind coffee 3D printed filament

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The burning of fossil fuels and plastic waste are devastating to the planet.  3D printing has the opportunity to move away from non-toxic, non-petroleum-based plastics from the get-go and 3Dom is on a mission to produce environmentally friendly filament.  Their latest is called “Wound Up” and, to put the third ‘r’ in “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, the material is made from recycled coffee grounds.

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Canadian scientists are developing a system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel

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An industrial carbon dioxide recycling plant is being developed by Canadian scientists that could one day suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it into a zero-carbon e-diesel fuel. Developed by tech start-up Carbon Engineering and partly funded by Bill Gates, the system will essentially do the job of trees, but in places unable to host them, such as icy plains and deserts. (Video)

 

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Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its garbage

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Sweden burns half its rubbish to generate energy.

People in Sweden generally waste as much as people in other countries, around 461 kilograms per person each year.  But only one percent of that waste is ending up in landfills, thanks to the country’s innovative “recycling” program. (Video)

 

 

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New recyclable plastics discovered ‘by accident’

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The discovery includes stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn.

A collection of new plastics that are recyclable and adaptable have been developed by researchers – and the discovery began with a laboratory mistake. They include strong, stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn.

 

 

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Japanese inventor finds solution to global trash problem by converting plastic to oil

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This YouTube video about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views. This shows that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.

 

 

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