Mystery Woman Casually Recycled a $200,000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer. » 5/31/15 7:55pm 5/31/15 7:55pm

How Can I Get This Horse-Powered Garbage Truck To My Neighborhood?

I had just decided that the sanitation trucks which come rumbling down my street at dawn—spewing diesel, making my house shudder, flinging the occasional recycling bin across the street with their robot arms—are a necessary nuisance for a city dweller. Until I saw this trash collection service that uses horse-drawn… » 5/13/15 3:16pm 5/13/15 3:16pm

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