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How To Turn Trash Into A Working Hair Dryer

Haven’t cleaned your desk in years? At this point you’ve probably accumulated enough crap to recycle it all into something useful, instead of just sweeping it all onto the floor. YouTube’s MrGear has an easy-to-follow tutorial show you how to turn an old CD case, some soda cans, and various unwanted electronic bits into a working homebrew blower.


Australia's E-Waste Problem Is Getting Worse

Australia’s management of electronic waste is poorly implemented, lags behind international best practice, and is based on outdated recycling targets.

Scientists at University of New South Wales (UNSW) have reviewed Australia’s e-waste laws, comparing them to those of two international leaders in the field of e-waste recycling: Japan and Switzerland. They found Australia’s approach is ineffective and requires greater compliance measures to prevent hazardous pollutants from ending up in landfill.


Luggage Made From Recycled Aeroplane Seats Might Just Be Indestructible

When you think of the daily abuse that aeroplane seats have to endure, it’s a minor miracle they aren’t torn to shreds after just a week of air travel. The fabrics used for the upholstery must be just short of indestructible, so it makes sense to eventually recycle those materials into bags and packs that can easily survive your daily commute.


Watch Old US Dollar Bills Get Turned Into Dirt

Video: When the Fed constantly replaces old, tattered dollar bills with new, crispy cash, millions of notes get pulled out of circulation while new dollar bills get put in circulation. So what happens to all that old money? It gets shredded. But then what?


Watch A Photocopier Somehow Get Transformed Into A Trumpet

Video: There’s about 2kg of salvageable copper inside your typical photocopier (mostly in the power supply and the motor’s copper windings). Copper that can be mixed with zinc to create brass. Brass that can be shaped out to make a trumpet. It’s the circle of life!


These Sick Sneakers Are Made From Ocean Garbage

Companies like New Balance have been using recycled plastic from water bottles to make shoes for years now. But Adidas is taking that idea one step further. Teaming up with Parley for the Oceans, its new Adidas x Parley sneakers are also made from plastics recovered from the ocean.


Why Are We So Bad At Recycling Rare Metals From Technology?

Last month, the internet flew into a frenzy over news that Apple recovered $US40 ($52) million worth of gold from old gadgets last year. That story turned out to be wildly oversold. But our eagerness to celebrate a tech company’s recycling victory speaks to a disturbing truth.


Apple's Recycling Program Netted $40 Million In Gold Last Year

Over the last year, Apple processed 40,823 tonnes of electronics that were unwanted or broken. It turns out they were nearly worth their weight in gold — a substance which is used heavily in electronics for its conductivity and resistance to corrosion.


In Australia There Are More Old Mobile Phones Than People

The number of old mobile phones cluttering up Australian homes has reached a whopping 25.5 million handsets, of which four million are broken and no longer even working.

Consumer smartphone saturation and hoarding behaviour in Aussies has created what e-waste experts are calling a ‘critical mass’ of mobile phone clutter, as they call for more education around recycling.


Simple Tool Turns Plastic Bottles Into Nearly Indestructible Plastic Rope

Big Rope has a stranglehold on the ‘tying things down’ industry, and if you’re tired of paying through the nose for a few metres of twine, you’ll want to consider backing the Kickstarter campaign for this simple tool that can turn empty plastic bottles into super strong plastic rope.


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