13 Designs That Bring Reclaimed Airplane Parts Into Your Home

So you love flying. You love every type of aircraft. You would spend the whole day high above ground if you could. But that's impossible, and when you return to your home or to your office, you want to feel at least a tiny bit of that sensation you felt at those high altitudes. Thanks to a few designer and furniture… » 7/10/14 9:00am 7/10/14 9:00am

A 3D Printer That Turns Coke Bottles Into Whatever You Can Imagine

Star Trek's replicators were not only able to produce any food or products our far-off descendants wanted, they were also able to make it from any kind of waste products. It was the ultimate recycling scenario, one that the new Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer hopes to emulate by using a new filament made in part from… » 7/01/14 9:40am 7/01/14 9:40am

Genius guy transforms plastic bottles into super strength plastic rope

Look, I have no idea what I'm going to do with super strength plastic rope either but oh my genius, this recycler's idea of turning plastic bottles into plastic rope is just brilliant. The video is perfect, he shows you the plastic rope, shows you what to do with it and then shows you how to make your own. I'm now… » 6/20/14 12:19am 6/20/14 12:19am

This Interactive Trash Bin Turns Recycling Into a Giant Game of Plinko

Recycling should be second nature now, but once you toss a plastic bottle into the dark abyss of a public bin, well—that's it. Why give it a second thought? ReFILL is an interactive installation that gives a glimpse at the pile-up of would-be trash that's destined for a second life; everything that goes in is scanned… » 6/05/14 7:20pm 6/05/14 7:20pm

Replacement Caps Upcycle Coke Bottles Into Water Guns and More

Products like the SodaStream let you make your own carbonated beverages at home without the need for yet another plastic bottle to be recycled. But the number of bottled Cokes bought around the world every day is still staggering, so to encourage consumers to upcycle those plastic containers, Coca-Cola created sixteen… » 5/29/14 4:40pm 5/29/14 4:40pm

IBM Lab Accidentally Makes New Type of Super-Strong, Recyclable Polymer

Strong, durable materials are hard to recycle—they're designed to stand up to abuse. But research chemists at an IBM laboratory just published their discovery of a never-before-seen family of polymers that's super strong, self-healing, lightweight, and easy to recycle. And it was discovered completely by accident. » 5/16/14 11:00am 5/16/14 11:00am

Your Old Phone Could Help Eavesdrop on Illegal Rainforest Loggers

How do you catch a logger in the dense, remote rainforest? For a long time, the answer has been satellites, which may sound high-tech, but actually means you're looking at photos of deforested land days after the loggers have made their getaway. A nonprofit called Rainforest Connection wants to turn old smartphones… » 5/12/14 4:40pm 5/12/14 4:40pm

A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 5/10/14 11:00am 5/10/14 11:00am

You Can Recycle These New Circuit Boards by Dunking Them in Hot Water

It almost seems too easy. With government funding, a trio of British companies recently developed a new way to build circuit boards that makes them 90-percent recyclable. In fact, all you have to do to recycle them is dunk them in hot water and scrape off the circuits with a business card. » 5/07/14 1:40pm 5/07/14 1:40pm

Venezuela Is Turning Thousands of Abandoned Cars into Houses

While many people think countries like Norway are leading the way with recycling programs, an ambitious new idea in Venezuela takes things to a whole new level. The country just announced that it will start recycling abandoned cars, motorcycles, and bikes in order to build houses from their raw materials. » 4/30/14 11:00am 4/30/14 11:00am

A Screw-On Cloud That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Watering Cans

When it comes to watering, there's nothing stopping you from simply dumping a bottle of H2O onto the plants on your balcony, as long as you're cool with possibly damaging them and splashing wet dirt all over the place. A gentler approach is a better idea, and Animi Causa's new Rainmaker—which emulates a gentle summer… » 1/29/14 6:40pm 1/29/14 6:40pm