Researchers discover a new hydrogen fuel production method by recycling greenhouse gases

Chemists identify formic acid as a carrier of hydrogen fuel Chemists from the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. The method involves capturing greenhouse gases and using these gases to generate hydrogen without further creating any harmful emissions. Finding ways to produce hydrogen using greenhouse gases has long been an important concept among researchers interested in renewable energy. The new method could have major implications for future implementation of hydrogen fuel cells and how they are used in various sectors as energy…

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Light therapy products become increasingly environmentally friendly

A company called LTO has broken away from the traditional disposables to provide an eco-friendlier option. Light Therapy Options (LTO), a Connecticut-based company providing products meant for healing and treating a range of different skin conditions, is beginning to stand out and above its rivals in this increasingly competitive industry by selling products that are environmentally friendly on several different levels.  These high powered (HP) LED lights are designed to expose affected skin to certain specific wavelengths. While there have been several light therapy products that have made their way…

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New recycling technology could transform CO2 waste into useful chemicals

Instead of only capturing and storing carbon dioxide, new tech could recycle it into something useable. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the primary cause behind global warming. One of the methods employed to help control the problem is capturing waste carbon dioxide from manufacturing sites and industrial plants and storing it deep beneath the ground. However, American scientist, Emily Cole, has found a better way to deal with the waste and has developed a recycling technology that can convert waste CO2 into a chemical that can be used…

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New solutions needed to combat growing marine plastic pollution crisis

Researchers say by mid century there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. According to a new report titled “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics” from the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ellen MacArthur Foundation, at the current growing rate of marine plastic pollution, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish (by weight) by 2050. Eight million tons of plastic waste presently finds its way into the sea every year. To put that into greater perspective, this astronomical amount is equivalent…

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Smart recycling program for soft plastics launched in New Zealand

New recycling system in New Zealand could keep over four million plastic bags out of the landfill. Last week, a Soft Plastics Recycling Program was launched in Auckland, New Zealand by the country’s Environment Minister, Nick Smith. The program is a joint venture between the government and the retail and packaging sectors, and could help keep the landfill free of 4.3 million plastic bags, reported 3 News. This program is the first of its kind to enable the recycling of soft plastics in the country. The soft plastics recycling program…

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City in Iowa starts recycling program to keep asphalt shingles out of landfill

The city of Cedar Falls has engaged in a new recycling business. A new recycling program is underway at the Cedar Falls solid waste transfer station, and it involves grinding about 800 tons of asphalt shingles so that the leftover material can be reused on road projects by Aspro of Waterloo, keeping the shingle waste out of landfill. According to Brian Heath, Cedar Falls parks and public works supervisor, the recycling project is believed to be one of the first of its kind in Northeast Iowa, reported the Waterloo Cedar…

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New recycling technology can keep more glass out of landfills

Self-adhesive technology allows clear separation of labels from glass. Avery Dennison has introduced a glass recycling technology that enables the clean separation of self-adhesive labels from glass materials. Their new technology will not only ensure that glass products will still maintain shelf appeal but, more importantly, it will allow more glass items to be recycled, which means less glass will be sent to landfills. More glass that consumers recycle end up in landfills than they might realize. According to information on the Avery Dennison Glass Recycling webpage, “For single-use bottles,…

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H&M offers million dollar reward for clothing recycling ideas

H&M is looking for new techniques to reused old clothes and is willing to pay for them. Due to mixed materials and the poor quality of recycled cotton, recycling clothing isn’t easy, but this hasn’t stopped the Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, H&M, from doing everything it can to find ways to recycle old clothes. While the company has launched previous clothing recycling initiatives, such as its global garment collection initiative, it’s now offering a $1.16 million reward for new ideas to reuse old clothes. Winners will be selected by a…

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New recycling technology recovers and extracts rare earth minerals

The technology could recover rare earth elements from old electronics. A new recycling technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI), assists in the recycling, recovery, and extraction process of rare earth minerals, and it is said to be the first commercially licensed technology developed through the CMI. According to a news article from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., The single-step recycling process is more environmentally friendly than other rare earth elements extraction methods. The technology involves…

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Clothing recycling program expanded by Levi Strauss

The famous denim clothing manufacture announced the expansion of its clothing recycling initiative to all its US Stores. Levi Strauss & Co. the San Francisco-based clothing company that is known all over the world for its Levi’s brand of denim jeans, has broadened its clothing recycling program to all of its mainline and outlet stores across the United States. Its goal is to encourage consumers to recycle clothing and shoes, and to further its commitment to sustainability by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. The expansion of its…

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Energy saving tips for the hottest days of summer

Enjoy a greener summer by using a portable battery charger and conserving other power. The hottest days of summer are here and while this can be fantastic weather for beaches and to lounge poolside, it can also be significantly demanding on energy, which can be harmful to the environment, cause greater expense to residents, and be a huge drain on the power grid. For this reason, employing energy saving tips can go a long way in helping people save on their energy bill and be friendlier to the environment at…

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Rare-earth magnets recycling process simplified

The new process to recycle rare-earth magnets could make the electronic industry more sustainable. American researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new recycling process, which focuses on reprocessing two types of rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium, which are commonly used as magnets in a variety of electronic devices, and are both equally difficult to find in nature and can only be extracted via a complex method that is also damaging to the environment. The new reprocessing method is surprisingly uncomplicated. According to Engineering and Technology Magazine,…

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New drywall recycling facility will divert waste from landfills

USA Gypsum has opened new headquarters and plant project in Pennsylvania. The new headquarters and drywall recycling facility of USA Gypsum are located in West Cocalico Township, Pennsylvania and, according to the company’s president and general manager Terry Weaver, the new facility, which will keep more drywall out of landfills and provide more natural gypsum products to famers, needed to be built because the company outgrew their plant in Lancaster, Virginia. The $3 million recycling plant will produce products of a better quality with greater efficiency. Weaver said that the…

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Green efforts to help combat planned obsolescence

Consumer goods with low life spans means products need to be replaced more frequently. Planned obsolescence has existed for years and is a policy of deliberately creating consumer goods that quickly become obsolete and need to be replaced, which could be because the item was made using nondurable materials, frequently changing the designs for next gen models, or terminating the supply of replacement parts. Thus, these types of products are not only purposely designed to ensure that consumers will end up spending more in the long run to replace them,…

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New York City to overhaul recycling program

New York City plans to lower its waste by 90% by 2030. The OneNYC plan, a new environmental plan, which includes overhauling the city’s current recycling system, introducing incentives to decrease waste, and dramatically reducing the use of plastic shopping bags – in order to reach the goal of lowering the city’s waste output by 90% by 2030 – was unveiled on Earth Day in New York City by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Adopting this plan would decrease the city’s waste by over 3 million tons. According to the…

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Waste management firm wants better recycling laws in Britain

BigGreen wants the British government to ban food waste from landfills. BigGreen, a waste management company based in England, believes that as more and more landfill sites continue to hit crisis points, new recycling laws are needed in Britain to provide greener waste management solutions, such as for food waste and scraps, most of which currently wind up in landfills. Seven million tons of food is wasted every year by British residents. A BigGreen spokesperson, Mark Hall, said that “It’s a well-known statistic that British homes throw out 7 million…

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