recycling

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.


You Are An Eco-Warrior Of Wintry Cheer, Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are beautiful. They smell good. They look classy as hell. They are not made of plastic and imported from China like most of the fake trees you can buy. They are not fake, which means they are easily assumed to possess that most coveted trait of all, authenticity.


A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-ray Discs 

Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light — exactly what you’d want with a solar panel.


A Bike Made From Carpet Doesn't Sound Like It Should Work

Sure, bicycles get made from all sorts of unlikely-sounding materials these days — bamboo bikes are a lot more common than you’d imagine. But making a working bike from recycled carpet definitely sounds like it’s taking things too far.


The Incredible Robots That Scan And Sort Your Recycling

If your city has a recycling program, you probably do as good a job as you can to make sure that your papers, plastics and general waste are all properly sorted. But at the recycling plant it’s absolutely crucial that everything is thoroughly separated, and even an assembly line full of hawk-eyed workers can’t compare to the speed and accuracy of the Next Generation ZenRobotics Recycler.