These Wood Grain Sunglasses Are Actually Made From Recycled Newspapers

Shwood has made a name for itself with its take on the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers made from exotic woods like Zebrawood, Cherry, and East Indian Rosewood. But the grain on its latest design isn't actually wood—it's a veneer made from 1,600 feet of recycled newspapers that are rolled up, glued into paper logs, and… » 3/30/15 1:44pm 3/30/15 1:44pm

Video: The crazy story of hand making skateboards from trash

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 trash. 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. » 3/23/15 12:53pm 3/23/15 12:53pm

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… » 2/20/15 2:52pm 2/20/15 2:52pm

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… » 2/03/15 9:25am 2/03/15 9:25am

Video: Turning soda cans into liquid metal looks so fun

I'm not going to give my aluminum cans to recycling centers anymore. Instead, I'm going to melt them down to liquid metal and create awesome metal objects with them. All I need is a hair dryer and some charcoal to create this awesome mini metal foundry. It turns about 40 cans into a pound of aluminum. » 12/31/14 9:02pm 12/31/14 9:02pm

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 metals 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… » 11/14/14 12:43pm 11/14/14 12:43pm

11 Clever Uses for Your Old Phone or Tablet

Upgrade time has finally rolled around and you're wondering what to do with your old phone or tablet. If you don't want to flog it on eBay, give it to a friend or donate it to a good cause then there are many different ways you can make use of it. Most of these ideas involve turning your phone or tablet into a… » 11/11/14 1:06pm 11/11/14 1:06pm

Simple Grooves Let This Trash Can Hold Small or Multiple Plastic Bags

It's easier to feel less guilty about forgetting your reusable bags for grocery shopping when you plan to use the plastic ones for garbage later. And in turn, it'd be easier to use those plastic bags for garbage if this clever trash bin concept, featuring strategic grooves to accommodate small or multiple bags at… » 10/02/14 12:01pm 10/02/14 12:01pm

A Lego-Like Kit for Building and Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you're not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating… » 9/30/14 3:51pm 9/30/14 3:51pm

Watch Recycled Paper Go From NYC Trash to Brand-New Boxes

New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fiber lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation's director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process. » 9/11/14 10:43am 9/11/14 10:43am

There's $2.5 Billion Worth of Silver and Gold in Phones Sold This Year

Your gadgets contain tiny specks of precious and rare earth metals—we rely on these dust-sized particles, which are so small they're often not recycled because the cost of recycling outweighs the value of the metals. But according to the American Chemical Society, the overall value of these minute materials is massive. » 9/03/14 12:28pm 9/03/14 12:28pm

The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don't really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste center. So filmmaker Alex Gorosh followed his old iPhones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It's a place so dirty and dangerous it's nicknamed "Sodom… » 9/02/14 2:49pm 9/02/14 2:49pm