David Macaluso Creates Art With Used Motor Oil

October 5, 2009 / 1 Comment

[caption id="attachment_6614" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="David Macaluso paints with used motor oil."][/caption] For Brooklyn-based artist David Macaluso, it's all about oil. Motor oil, that is. Used motor oil, to  be exact. You see, Macaluso has been painting with the stuff since 2005. Why? Because used motor oil, he says, represents both an artistic exercise in recycling and a powerful metaphor for this time in world history.

The 5 funkiest things made from recycled plastic

October 1, 2009 / No Comments

Recycling has always been a hot topic and despite our best efforts, there are still some people who are just too lazy to do their bit for the environment. Believe it or not, more than 80% of plastic bottles are left unrecycled, and to make matters worse, research has shown that people are suspending their recycling habits even further in ...

Paper Recycling Step-by-step Guide

September 28, 2009 / No Comments

Paper is a vital, everyday product that undoubtedly we could not live without. In fact, it is hard to imagine a world without the countless newspapers, magazines, books, posters and photographs it is used for. The impact of this incessant paper-making, however, means that our planet is suffering as a consequence. Every year, entire forests full of trees are cut down ...

Plastic Recycling 101

September 21, 2009 / No Comments

Imagine if all the world’s rivers and lakes were no longer filled with marine life but with plastic bottles, containers and packaging instead. [caption id="attachment_6428" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Plastic recycling"][/caption] The damaging effect to wildlife and marine eco- systems throughout the world would be catastrophic, resulting in less and less plant life being able to grow, CO2 emissions rising and our planet would ...

Adoptabots Robot Figurines From Discarded Items

September 18, 2009 / No Comments

Adoptabots are robot figures created from discarded daily objects, which are now ready to set on with a new life. Designer Brian Marshall decided that products which had ostensibly completed their desired taks did not deserve to rot in the landfill, so he decided to give them a new life in the form of artistic figures which maintain their original ...

Austrian Upcycling Shop Shows There’s Great Business in Trash

September 18, 2009 / No Comments

Upcycling is better than recycling or "reusing" in many ways. The idea is to start from discarded products or waste and create something sustainable, and usable as a daily item. Austrian shop Gabarage is busy showing the world the potential of garbage; the custom products that can be made from trash, and the money such products can bring in.

The truth – tap water is better than bottled water and better for the environment

July 22, 2009 / 1 Comment

Eat This, Not That! took a look at what is found in bottled water. I don't know about the rest of the world, but for Americans and Japanese, what comes out of the tap is just as good if not better for you than what comes in the plastic bottles, and better for the environment, too! No recycling, no plastic, no ...

Philadelphia Sports Solar-powered Trash Bins

June 1, 2009 / 1 Comment

The sidewalks on the streets of Philadelphia are dotted with brand-new solar-powered trash cans these days. [caption id="attachment_5384" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Solar-powered Trash Compactors in Philadelphia"][/caption] These new, landfill-crunching compacting bins are powered completely by the sun and are capable of receiving around 8 times as much waste as a regular trash can.

International Space Station Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine

May 22, 2009 / No Comments

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created history of sorts by turning their urine into water and actually drinking it! On May 20, astronauts aboard the space station drank water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water that condenses from exhaled air. What is more, they said “cheers” as they clicked drinking bags and toasted those working ...

RecycleBank’s Ron Gonenthe— 2009 UN Environment Programme Champion of the Earth

April 22, 2009 / 1 Comment

Co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank, 32 year old Ron Gonen just got the 2009 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champion of the Earth award. One of only seven environmental leaders in the world, Ron Gonen has been honored at the Environment Summit (B4E) in Paris, today. On Earth Day. [caption id="attachment_4782" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Ron Gonen, CEO and Co-Founder @ RecycleBank"][/caption] Chosen for ...