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Perk Up Your Workout with a Recycled Coffee Grounds Sports Bra

The earth is home to a colossal 5.5 billion tons of plastic waste infiltrating our land and seas, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.¬†If the image of a polluted plastic planet perturbs you, pay attention. The study…

Composting Toilets: How Your Waste Becomes Black Gold

It was finally my turn. After standing under the blazing sun in the September heat, I opened the door to the port-a-potty. A blast of the most putrid, horrid smell hit me like a ton of bricks. And that experience is exactly what crossed my mind the…

The Hottest New Swimwear Material? Fish Nets and Carpet Fluff

Where most of us see ocean debris, Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil Group, sees opportunity. This mentality and concern for the health of our oceans have helped unleash innovation in sustainable fashion. Aquafil is making fibers with 100…

Bike Baristas Create Coffee with Their Own Pedal Power

If you see an odd-looking trike¬†tooling¬†around¬†town,¬†pulling into¬†your favorite¬†park or¬†stationed¬†at a festival, step right up. You’re in for a treat. A freshly brewed treat, no electricity required. The adorable¬†beverage¬†bars on wheels…

11 Ways to Use Solar Energy Besides the Home

Solar panels can be installed on your home and save you thousands a year in energy. However, your house is not the only place they can be applied. You can save money and help preserve the environment by using solar panels in a number of…

Recycler Builds Electric Vehicle Out of Discards

Seeking¬†a splashy way to¬†display the¬†impressive potential of trash, a recycling executive¬†rescued¬†a scrapyard sedan, rebuilt it as a recycled electric vehicle and equipped it with battery power¬†from old laptops and other electronics discards. The…

How Old Bottles Are Recycled into Clothing

In 2016, approximately 400,000 graduates across the U.S. wore gowns made from recycled PET bottles. How many used plastic bottles did that take, you ask? About 10.8 million. The first clothing made from recycled PET bottles hit the shelves in 1993….

Edible Water Blobs: All You Ever Wanted to Know

Despite serious efforts by environmentalists to promote the use of alternatives, consumers have been reluctant to give up single-use plastic water bottles. In the U.S. alone, 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills or the ocean per year. Not…

This Quilt Helps Save the Planet

I think everyone in the history of modern times has had a shirt that they keep because it has sentimental value. Whether your names are Ross and Rachel and the shirt says “Frankie Say Relax” or it’s a white tee filled with…

How One Plant in India Learned to Turn Carbon into Baking Soda

As far as environmentalists are concerned, carbon dioxide and baking soda sit at entirely opposite ends of the eco spectrum. One is a greenhouse gas we have far too much of, an unfortunate¬†by-product of our modern lifestyle; the other is a beloved…