recycling

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.


Why The Plastic Recycling Market Just Crashed 

Recycling is not just a nice thing that hippies do anymore. Recycling is a business — a massive one whose wheels are greased by money, money and more money. Nowhere is this more apparent right now than in the recycled plastic market, where prices have plunged 50 per cent in just six months.


These Wood Grain Sunglasses Are Actually Made From Recycled Newspapers

Shwood has made a name for itself with its take on the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers made from exotic woods like Zebrawood, Cherry, and East Indian Rosewood. But the grain on its latest design isn’t actually wood — it’s a veneer made from 488m of recycled newspapers that are rolled up, glued into paper logs, and sliced like lumber.


The Crazy Story Of Hand-Making Skateboards From Garbage

Video: The frenetic editing of this video highlights the out of the box thinking that enabled Mac Premo and Sanford Shapes to create skateboards out of garbage. It’s a fun story that resulted in them repurposing leftover plastic buckets into perfectly awesome skateboard decks. The materials all come from the dumpster.


Watch Your Dead Tech Get Demolished At An E-Waste Recycling Plant

When we stepped inside the facility, you could almost smell the circuitboard. All around us conveyor belts were transporting staggering heaps of electronics to and from shredders and sorters — from hard drives to old TVs, to medical devices, Macbooks and printers. So many printers.


Cardboard Table Tennis Folds Down Into A Portable Cardboard Suitcase

The next time you’re stuck at an airport waiting for a delayed flight, instead of turning to your smartphone to pass the time, just make sure this cardboard version of table tennis is one of your carry-on items. In just seconds it can be unfolded and assembled into a working ping-pong table, complete with a cardboard net, cardboard, paddles and a cardboard scoreboard.


Energizer Is Finally Making AA Batteries Using Recycled Materials

Once the use of toxic mercury in household batteries was eliminated a couple of decades ago, it finally became safe to just toss dead AAs in the trash. But if deep down you actually felt guilty about not being able to recycle them, Energizer’s here to help your conscious with its new EcoAdvanced AAs made with four per cent recycled battery material.


Video: Turning Aluminium Cans Into Liquid Metal Looks So Fun

That’s it, I’m going to melt down my soft drink or beer cans into liquid metal and create awesome metal objects like in this video. All I need is a hair dryer and some charcoal to create this awesome mini metal foundry. It turns about 40 cans into a about half a kilo of aluminium.


The Secret Afterlife Of Recycled Christmas Lights 

A single strand of broken lights is nearly worthless, but 20 million pounds of broken lights is a valuable commodity. Welcome to the Christmas tree light recycling capital of the world, also known a Shijao, China.