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Levi’s Turns Bottles, Food Trays into Jeans

Soon the plastic from your water bottle might make it into your jeans. Last year, Americans consumed 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water. They also spent $13.8 billion on jeans. Levi Strauss decided to capitalize on both figures for a new pair of…

New App Gives Players Real World Rewards for Virtual Recycling

A newly updated app for plastics recycling now rewards players with real-world products for virtual plastics recycling. Bin It! 2.0, created by Plastics Make it Possible, teamed up with Earth911 and Recyclebank to encourage consumers to recycle…

Earth911 Joins Coke, will.i.am in Launch of New EKOCYCLE Brand

will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company are collaborating with other iconic brands, including Earth911, to inspire a global movement with the launch of EKOCYCLE – a stand-alone brand initiative dedicated to helping encourage recycling behavior…

Ford Looks to Old Money for New Car Parts

Did you know that 3.6 million pounds of retired U.S. currency is shredded every year? Typically, shredded cash is burned or compressed into bricks and sent to a landfill. But Ford has other plans for the Treasury Department’s throw-aways;…

16 Billion Beverage Containers Recycled in Calif. Last Year

California might be the most populous state in the country at nearly 38 million people, but it’s high recycling rates are still staggering. According to CalRecycle’s Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption, and…

VIDEO: Soda Bottles Upcycled into Solar Light Bulbs

In 2009, 3 million households outside of Manila, Philippines, still didn’t have access to electricity, according to the country’s electrification commission. But the MyShelter Foundation wants to help Filipino families get out of the dark, aiming…..

World’s Longest Bridge Made of Recycled Plastic

Here at Earth911, we’ve seen boats, schools and greenhouses constructed out of plastic bottles, but now plastic bottles are being recycled into a different kind of structure in the U.S. and Europe – bridges. Over in Peeblesshire, Scotland, British….

Calif. Files Suit Over Biodegradable Plastic Bottles

  Balance and AquaMantra, both makers of bottled water, tout their plastic water bottles as 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable, but the State of California is taking issue with these assertions. Late last month, California’s Attorney…

PET Bottle Recycling Tops 1.5 Billion Pounds

After staying about the same for two years, the volume of PET bottles recycled in the U.S. increased to 1.5 billion pounds in 2010 – up 113 million pounds from the year before, according to a recent report. Total PET collected for recycling in 2010…..

New Balance Makes Plastic Bottle Sneakers

Builders and manufacturers have been doing some pretty cool things with plastic bottles lately. Here’s one more to add to the list. New Balance announced the launch of a line of sneakers made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled plastic…