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New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

New chemical conversion process turns plastic waste into fuel

One of the biggest problems facing the Earth's environment right now is the abundance of plastic waste. An estimated 5 billion tons of plastic is collecting in landfills or filling the oceans, and if not addressed, it will plague the decades to come by degrading into toxic chemicals, polluting the land and sea and destroying the habitats of wildlife. As scientific research looks for a solution, one possible option is trying to turn the waste into a usable fuel source.

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Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Don’t Throw it Away: Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Tech today just isn’t made to last. Carriers want you switching phones once every few years, headphones break far too often and you’re probably getting another phone case next month. And as the usual narrative goes, our old tech gets lost somewhere in the nooks and crannies of our rooms, or worse, thrown out. With some simple tools and a little bit of creativity, you’ll find plenty of use for old tech. This is a list to give your unwanted products new purpose and save you a little bit of cash. It’ll also put a huge smile on Mother Nature’s face.

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Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Samsung goes green with sustainable gadget packaging

Just in time for the Galaxy S10, Samsung plans to go green in how it packages its smartphones, tablets, and other electronics, bringing in a new sustainability policy. The company will also tweak the design of its accessories, including the USB charger included with its phones, with the aim of cutting down how much plastic is involved.

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Where to put your old phone batteries (Hint: NOT in the garbage)

Where to put your old phone batteries (Hint: NOT in the garbage)

Lithium-ion batteries are exploding at dumps and recycling plants across the United States - and that's a problem. These types of batteries come most often in the device that's likely in your hand or pocket - your smartphone. Today we're taking a quick peek at a few explosions and a few SUPER SIMPLE ways they could've been avoided at the source.

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This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

Apple just revealed their new robot made for taking your iPhone apart, piece by piece. This is a new version of the robot introduced in 2011 that had a very similar task. That 2016 robot was called Liam, and this new robot is called Daisy. This version of the iPhone-take-apart robot isn't just a recycler, it's made of recycled parts - actually cannibalized parts from Liam.

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Plastic is clogging Earth and recycling is barely helping

Plastic is clogging Earth and recycling is barely helping

Despite the push to "go green," plastic waste is growing in quantity at an alarming rate, and current recycling efforts simply aren't keeping up. That's the ominous conclusion from a breakthrough study exploring the use - and re-use or disposal - of plastic materials since the 1950s, and published today. In fact, as of 2015, a mere 9-percent of waste plastic had been recycled, the researchers discovered.

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Galaxy Note recycling sees Samsung go green before Note 8

Galaxy Note recycling sees Samsung go green before Note 8

Samsung may be rebooting a few hundred thousand Galaxy Note 7 handsets as Note 7 FE refurbs, but that still leaves millions of the recalled phablets needing to be dealt with. Rather than junk them, however - and facing pressure from environmental agencies - the South Korean firm has detailed exactly how it plans to make the most of the components that went into the ill-fated phone. However, it's unlikely you'll end up seeing some zombie parts showing up in future Samsung devices.

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Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Drinking and driving may be a terrible idea, but Ford is looking at giving its cars a shot of tequila - or, at least, what's left over when Jose Cuervo has had its way. The automaker and the drinks company are exploring how bioplastics produced from what's left over of the agave plant distilled to make tequila could result in more environmental friendly components in future vehicles.

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Apple recovered two thirds of e-waste collected last year

Apple recovered two thirds of e-waste collected last year

With new phones, tablets, and laptops coming out all the time, we often upgrade our devices well before we need to. Those devices will get sold, or given to other people, but at some point, they will hit their end of life. And regardless of whether the device just became too old to be useful, or it suffered a catastrophic death, it has to go somewhere. And simply throwing it in the trash isn't a good option.

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How to recycle an old iPhone with Apple Renew

How to recycle an old iPhone with Apple Renew

As you may have heard, Apple has a new robot named Liam, and he can take apart more than 1.2 million iPhones every year. Liam is working as part of Apple’s newly announced recycling program “Renew,” dismantling customers’ old iPhones to extract the useable materials inside. Any Apple customer can participate in Renew as a way to recycle their old iPhone: there are two ways to get started.

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Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

Miniwiz RE-view is a Sunglasses created from recycled DVDs & CDs

It’s easier said than done that you want to recycle or up-cycle waste to productive use. Techniques and innovations are required to make your DIY project sustainable, demandable and more importantly – financially viable. A Taiwanese company Miniwiz, under the wings of designer Arthur Huang, seems to have got a hang of things, given that their RE-view pair of sunglasses are constructed from trash and yet look trendy.

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Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Concept recycles paper into pencils right before your eyes

Recycling should be important to all of us, but can also be a tedious process that we don’t see results from. Loading paper or plastics into a bin, only to see them toted off to parts unknown may not give you a sense of ownership in the process. A new design concept does, though — and it’s brilliant.

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