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Trash Talkin! My visit to the recycling facility.

September 26, 2011 in Recycling

Trash… unites us.  It doesn’t discriminate.  It’s something we all have to deal with.  We all produce it and we all need to get rid of it.  I also believe that there’s no dissonance – regardless of your income, race, gender, political party – that we should get rid of municipal trash in the cleanest, […]

Green Grease Monkey. Vegetable fueled vehicle systems and more.

September 23, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

What do you do with leftover cooking oil?  You can’t throw it down the drain.  You’re supposed to store it in a jar and then throw it safely in the trash.  Too bad you can’t recycle it.  Or can you?  Green Grease Monkey has found a clean and economic model to recycle cooking oil.  Based in […]

Harvest Power. The new generation in organics management.

September 21, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Organic waste makes up 14% of total waste generated in the US.  What if we could convert all that waste into something valuable – for instance, electricity, fuel, and fertilizer products – with 0% waste left in the end?  Harvest Power, recently voted one of the Global Cleantech 100, does just that.         To […]

PaperFlops. Flip flops and sandals made from recycled newspaper.

September 19, 2011 in Recycling

PaperFlops employs underprivileged people, including street children and disabled people, at a creative workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to convert newspapers and other waste …  into flip flops !  And beyond being recycled, they are just really cool-looking flip flops. It takes about 1kg of old newspaper, and some other natural materials (root from old palm trees, […]

Lingerie soundproofing

July 27, 2011 in Recycling

Have you ever wondered what to do with your old bras? You can’t put them in the recycling bin and you don’t really want to donate them either… I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you CAN recycle your bras ! (unfortunately I discovered this after throwing 2 away…) At Intimissimi, an Italian-based lingerie […]


July 19, 2011 in Recycling

Art meets recycling. And anger management.

Sanergy. Building Sustainable Sanitation in Urban Slums.

June 18, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Sanergy was started by a group of MIT grads – a mix of MBAs, engineers, and designers – to develop an innovative model of sustainable sanitation for the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The primary objective of the project is to create clean and affordable sanitation.  Sanergy takes this objective further by developing a model that […]

What the people at the recycling center think of me

April 13, 2011 in Recycling

                              So I’m pretty interested in learning about recycling.  Partly because I work in the recycling business.  Nuclear fuel recycling.  (maybe not what you first had in mind).  And I’m slowly realizing that recycling consumer goods (paper, plastics, electronics, …) is […]

Preserve. Nothing Wasted. Everything Gained.

March 29, 2011 in Recycling

On the topic of recycling plastics (see previous post), I recently discovered Preserve, a Boston-based company that recycles #5 plastics (polypropylene or “PP”) – which includes some yogurt containers, hummus tubs, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, … plastics that until now, have rarely been recycled. Through its “Gimme5” program (drop off sites at Whole Foods and […]

plastic bags are not recyclable!

March 28, 2011 in Recycling

Well, in France at least (I will try to find out if it’s the same for other places). I’ve only just realized that most of the plastics I “recycle” are actually not recyclable. The different types of plastics:             In France, plastic types 1 and 2 are recyclable; the rest […]

Purpose Energy, Inc.

March 23, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Reduce waste.  Create energy.  Cut costs.  And finally, make beer. Purpose Energy converts brewery waste (leftover hops, barley, and yeast) using an anaerobic methane digester into biogas used to process the brewery’s wastewater. The Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, Vermont was the first brewery to invest in PurposeEnergy’s “Biphase Orbicular Biodigester” which began operations in […]