Archive for the ‘Recycling’ Category

Students recycle plastic bottles and cardboard into a sustainable café

recycled cafe

Bottles are one of the largest sources of plastic waste, piling up all around the world, to threaten our surroundings or environment. In an attempt to reduce the huge piles of plastic waste, a bunch of graduates from the Newcastle University in England have come up with a cafe made using recycled plastic bottles and cardboard, which is not only economical to build but also helps in sustaining the environment.

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Recyclable solar cells made using natural substances from plants and trees

Recyclable solar cells

Solar cells may let you harness sustainable energy, but they also create electronic waste once their life cycle is over. Addressing the issue, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University have come up with sustainable solar cells that are made using natural substances from plants and trees, which can be recycled to reduce the electronic waste that is piling up all across the world.

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Vintage Edison: Innovative lighting fixtures made using recycled wine bottles

Jim Ligon Vintage Edison lighting fixtures

A Kansas City resident, Jim Ligon, who grew up learning two things from his family including electrical work and bartending, wanted to merge his job as a bartender at JJ’s restaurant with his passion of electrical work and hence came up with Vintage Edison. Vintage Edison is the name of the range of lighting fixtures that Jim makes using empty wine and spirit bottles and boxes from JJ’s.

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Minnesota-based company transforms landfill waste to eco friendly plastic lumber

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The rise in consumption of products results in a rise in the amount of waste hence produced, and all that waste mostly adds on to landfills, which cannot handle infinite waste. While there are several research groups studying the possibility of producing landfill gas from biodegrading waste, such projects don’t reduce the amount of waste in any landfill. Now, a Rochester, Minnesota firm, Envirolastech, is trying to reduce the amount of landfill waste by turning it into “plastic lumber”, which the company says is a true replacement for wood.

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Benoit Jammes’ recycled cassette tape art is mesmerizing

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What was once the only portable way to store music has quickly been outdated with the birth of digital media. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about cassette tapes here which we used to adore. However, with the birth of CDs and then the MP3 file format, cassette tapes were soon replaced by digital storage media, which offered users to easily re-write media on the same portable and easy to use device.

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Iconic World War II plane made using 6500 egg boxes

Spitfire made from egg boxes

Slated to be exhibited at Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, here is the replica of the iconic World War II plane, the “Spitfire,” which is made using 6,500 egg boxes. Measuring 36 ft in length, the Supermarine plane was put together with five liters of glue, 5,000 nails, 10,000 staples and ten liters of paint. Developed by London-based Charlotte Austen, a 27 year old architect, and Jack Munro, a 26 year old sculptor, to mark Help for Heroes event, the life-size model of the Spitfire took six weeks for completion.

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Hungarian artist creates impossible-looking sculptures from pencils

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An artist’s eye always sees things, as humble as a pencil, in a much different way than the others. While pencil is a mere writing and drawing instrument for most of us, artists such as Dalton Ghetti use them to create wonderful pieces of complex art for the rest of us to admire. Another artist, specializing in miniature artworks, is a Budapest-based artist and sculptor known by the name of Cerkahegyzo.

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Optimus Prime sculpture made entirely from cardboard

Cardboard Optimus Prime Sculpture

You may have seen some of the most creative metal Transformers or sculptures in the past, but the latest sculpture by UK resident pwarner184 exhibits an exceptional arrangement artistic excellence. The young designer has come up with an artistic version of the Optimus Prime, which he has crafted out of cardboard boxes.

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Bottle Charger – Transforming a plastic bottle into an off grid mobile phone charger

Bottle Charger

Plastic bottles offer vast possibilities to create some unique designs, and devices at times, which are not only functional but also help in recycling the plastic waste. Recycling plastic bottles, a bunch of Kenyan designers has come up with a “Bottle Charger” made from used plastic soda/water bottle that produces 5 watt of green energy to charge your Smartphone.

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Recycled electronic waste finds new life in R³bots

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Recycling is lucrative for the creative artists across the globe.  They usually come up with various imaginations – some of them merely pieces of art while many are the functioning ones.  Here is just another embodiment of the same coming from the Portuguese creative genius, Marco Fernandes who just used the recycled electronic parts to shape robots.

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