recycling

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.


Replacement Caps Upcycle Coke Bottles Into Water Guns And More

Products like the SodaStream let you make your own carbonated beverages at home without the need for yet another plastic bottle to be recycled. But the number of bottled Cokes bought around the world every day is still staggering, so to encourage consumers to upcycle those plastic containers, Coca-Cola created 16 different replacement caps giving them new uses.


IBM Lab Accidentally Makes New Type Of Super-Strong, Recyclable Polymer

Strong, durable materials are hard to recycle — they’re designed to stand up to abuse. But research chemists at an IBM laboratory just published their discovery of a never-before-seen family of polymers that’s super strong, self-healing, lightweight, and easy to recycle. And it was discovered completely by accident.


Seed-Filled Caps Turn Plastic Bottles Into Tiny Gardens

If you’re looking for a more profitable way to recycle your empty plastic water bottles, forget about taking them to the kerb every week. As long as your home gets a few drops of sunshine every day, you can turn them into tiny productive gardens with these Petomato bottle caps.


Your Old Phone Could Help Eavesdrop On Illegal Rainforest Loggers

How do you catch a logger in the dense, remote rainforest? For a long time, the answer has been satellites, which may sound high-tech, but actually means you’re looking at photos of deforested land days after the loggers have made their getaway. A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection wants to turn old smartphones into solar-powered bugs that listen for chainsaws in real time.


This Man-Made Island Floats On Over 150,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

As part of the site’s ongoing Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made series, MSN has a video about Mexico’s Richart Sowa, a former carpenter who became interested in ecological engineering and left his job to spend over six years building a manmade island made from mostly recycled materials.