recycling

Watch Recycled Paper Go From Rubbish To Brand-New Boxes

New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fibre lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation’s director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process.


There's $US2.5 Billion Worth Of Silver And Gold In Phones Sold This Year

Your gadgets contain tiny specks of precious and rare earth metals — we rely on these dust-sized particles, which are so small they’re often not recycled because the cost of recycling outweighs the value of the metals. But according to the American Chemical Society, the overall value of these minute materials is massive.


The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don’t really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste centre. So filmmaker Alex Gorosh followed his old iPhones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It’s a place so dirty and dangerous it’s nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah.”


Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Since we already know what happens to us once we’ve popped the top on a few too many cold ones — hello, hangover — let’s take a look at what happens to that can after you’ve pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it’s already back chilling out in a fridge somewhere.


MIT Explains How To Turn An Old Car Battery Into A Working Solar Cell

There are over one billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them — by turning them into a new kind of solar cell. It’s surprisingly simple.


Apple's iPhone And iPad Trade-In Scheme Kicks Off In Australia

Got an old iPhone or iPad kicking around in your drawer at home? Now it’s finally worth something: As expected, Apple has kicked off its iPhone and iPad Recycling Scheme in Australia that will see customers paid up to $250 for their old gadgets.


13 Designs That Bring Reclaimed Aeroplane Parts Into Your Home

So you love flying. You love every type of aircraft. You would spend the whole day high above ground if you could. But that’s impossible, and when you return to your home or to your office, you want to feel at least a tiny bit of that sensation you felt at those high altitudes. Thanks to a few designer and furniture makers, this is now possible.


A 3D Printer That Turns Coke Bottles Into Whatever You Can Imagine

Star Trek’s replicators were not only able to produce any food or products our far-off descendants wanted, they were also able to make it from any kind of waste products. It was the ultimate recycling scenario, one that the new Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer hopes to emulate by using a new filament made in part from recycled plastic bottles.


Genius Guy Transforms Plastic Bottles Into Super-Strength Plastic Rope

Look, I have no idea what I’m going to do with super-strength plastic rope either but oh my genius, this recycler’s idea of turning plastic bottles into plastic rope is just brilliant. The video is perfect, he shows you the plastic rope, shows you what to do with it and then shows you how to make your own. I’m now convinced I need this in my life because of this guy.


This Interactive Rubbish Bin Turns Recycling Into A Giant Game Of Plinko

Recycling should be second nature now, but once you toss a plastic bottle into the dark abyss of a public bin, well — that’s it. Why give it a second thought? ReFILL is an interactive installation that gives a glimpse at the pile-up of would-be trash that’s destined for a second life; everything that goes in is scanned super quick, then projected onto an adjacent building like a big game of urban Plinko.


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