recycling

  • Researchers make it easier to squirt out the last of the shampoo with science

    Researchers make it easier to squirt out the last of the shampoo with science

    If you’ve ever gnawed your way through a plastic bottle to get out the last delicious drops of soap you’ll be pleased to learn that researchers at The Ohio State University have created a type of plastic containing small structures that “cradle the droplets of soap aloft above tiny air pockets.” In other words, the soap never touches the bottle so it never… Read More

  • Apple creates Liam, a robot to rip apart used iPhones

    Apple creates Liam, a robot to rip apart used iPhones

    Apple kicked off today’s keynote by focusing on their dedication to reusing, reducing and recycling, and revealed that they built Liam, a robot especially designed to rip apart your iPhone so it can be recycled. Liam is an industrial robot that deconstructs the iPhone, detecting the various parts in your phone before disassembling it and sending it to a processing plant. Read More

  • The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    The Trashbot Will Eat And Sort Your Garbage

    Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but… Read More

  • An Investment Opportunity In Trash Crunch Network

    An Investment Opportunity In Trash

    As incredible as it might seem, processing trash may represent a future unique investment opportunity. Consider the new technologies that will operate on the micro scale, breaking the bonds of molecules through bio-mechanical means, which could be applied to recycling trash completely. It is quite possible that many of these innovations may emerge from our efforts to explore and live in space. Read More

  • BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Raises $35 Million For Its Factory That Mines Electronics

    BlueOak Resources, a startup company backed by some of the biggest names in U.S. venture capital has raised $35 million in project financing to mine precious metals in Arkansas. BlueOak won’t be strip-mining, open-pit mining, or moving mountains to get at precious metals. Instead the company intends to build mini-refineries that will extract the wealth of gold, silver, copper, and… Read More

  • The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

    The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

    There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own — rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there’s a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it’s possible to print a physical object at the click of… Read More

  • Charity Targets 3D Printing’s Plastic Waste Problem With Standards For An Ethical Alternative

    Charity Targets 3D Printing’s Plastic Waste Problem With Standards For An Ethical Alternative

    U.K. charity techfortrade reckons there’s room to connect up the growing demand for 3D printing, with the surfeit of waste plastic in developing countries. It’s developing a standard for ethical filament for use in 3D printers. The core aim: less waste and better jobs — jobs for humans, and more ethical 3D print jobs. Read More

  • Apple Reportedly Planning Trade-In Program For iPhones, Similar To Existing Third-Party Buy-Back Plans

    Apple Reportedly Planning Trade-In Program For iPhones, Similar To Existing Third-Party Buy-Back Plans

    Apple is said to be looking into an iPhone trade-in program on used devices in order to “add sales,” according to a tweet from Bloomberg today. Bloomberg says that this would be the “first time” Apple has attempted something like this on its homepage, but that’s not entirely true – the company started a program to accept iPhone trade-ins back in August of… Read More

  • With 300 Kiosks In 20 States, Device Recycler EcoATM Secures $40M In Debt Financing To Go Nationwide

    With 300 Kiosks In 20 States, Device Recycler EcoATM Secures $40M In Debt Financing To Go Nationwide

    You know those mobile devices that everyone keeps raving about? Turns out it’s a huge business. Shocker, I know. Strategy Analytics recently estimated that about 1.6 billion mobile phones shipped in 2012. What’s more, according to Canalys’ report today, the tablet market grew by 75 percent in the fourth quarter to 46.2 million units, with total shipments hitting 114.6 million… Read More

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