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IKEA Is Stuffing New Cushions With Old Shredded Catalogues

Whether you embrace it with open arms or toss it in the trash as soon as it arrives, the IKEA catalogue is one of the most widely distributed publications on earth. But to help reduce the environmental impact of all that paper, the company is now recycling old copies into cushion stuffing.


Your Next Yoga Mat Might Be Made From Algae

It’s the last thing you want to find floating on your backyard pool, but a Mississippi-based company called Bloom has developed a way to turn algae, that green slimy goo that makes it unpleasant to swim in a lake, into eco-friendly foam for use in yoga mats, sandals or luggage.


A Music Festival Is Using People's Pee To Brew More Beer

If you like drinking pee, you’re going to love the Roskilde music festival. The Danish celebration of rock and roll recently launched a program that recycles festival-goers’ urine in order to make beer. It’s not as gross as it sounds.


These Sneakers Are Made Entirely From Ocean Waste

Our oceans are full of plastic. Fortunately, scientists are mapping where it lies, which means we can begin scooping it up — and perhaps even start to use it to create new products, like these sneakers.


Researchers Devise A Simple Method For Recycling Rare Earth Magnets

You’ve probably heard a bit about rare Earth elements. They have got unpronounceable names like ytterbium and praseodymium, and they’re found in nearly ever piece of tech you own. Despite their value, we’re do a piss poor job recycling them. But chemists are now hoping to change that.


One Woman's Trash Is Everyone Else's $200,000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer.


Hardcore Recycling: Using Old MRI Magnets In A Physics Lab

Dayshot: When magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners reach the end of their lifetime, hospitals have to deal with a large piece of electronic waste, stuffed with potentially dangerous parts. Unless a physics lab can make use of them.


How Can I Get This Horse-Powered Garbage Truck To My Neighbourhood?

I had just decided that the sanitation trucks which come rumbling down my street at dawn — spewing diesel, making my house shudder, flinging the occasional recycling bin across the street with their robot arms — are a necessary nuisance for a city dweller. Until I saw this trash collection service that uses horse-drawn wagons.


The NSA's Earth Day Mascot Is So Freaking Creepy

The National Security Agency had released a mascot (?) for Earth Day (??) and it’s an anthropomorphised and oddly buff recycling bin named Dunk (???).


Humans Threw Out 41.8 Million Tonnes Of Electronics Last Year 

The amount of old electronics we throw in the garbage is gross, and now a new report from the United Nations University quantifies the extent to which we’re discarding iPods and rusty washing machines.


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