Christmas has come and gone, and soon people will be looking for ways to dispose of their Christmas trees. Sure you could just dump it with the trash like most people, but why not give it a much more awesome sendoff, like these folks who turned their tree into the XMS Missiletoe and sent it into space?
Vancouver is on a quest to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. In pursuit of that goal the city has combined tricks old and new to help make their road repaving efforts more environmentally friendly. Vancouver's key contribution is recycling plastic into a wax that can be added to the pavement mix.
Most little kids get cranky when they have to leave home to go to kindergarten for the first time, but what if going to school meant hanging out inside an actual jet plane all day?
Discarded electronics, or e-waste, is one of the fastest growing environmental problems worldwide, but what if the circuit boards could be disassembled and recycled after a simple dunking in hot water?
Don't worry, scientists are using their powers for good when they harness lightning in a lab to destroy concrete. The lightning zap breaks up the rubble into its core components without all the environmental mess created by shredding it.
There's nothing like a passion project, right? Well, it doesn't get much bigger than turning a rusting hulk of a bus into a shiny new office space.
It's hard to believe anyone throws away a pastry or excess coffee — that's extra body fuel you're wasting, buddy! With big food chains it happens all the time. In Hong Kong, the fact that Starbucks has about 5,000 extra tons of stale food and coffee grounds per year prompted the company to explore bio-refining.
Planned obsolescence is the idea that an item is designed to break so consumers will be forced to buy something new. Gone are the days of fixing things and now everyday appliances with minor problems or outdated design are sent to landfills.
Every year a staggering 50 million metric tons of e-waste — TVs, computers and cellphones — are deposited in landfills. In the U.S. we're often removed from the problem, but in third world countries sprawling landfills are often inter-twined with living and working spaces. An initiative has been floated to taking e-waste from landfills and using it to create e-learning gadgets for the local communities.
Some of the metal sculptures in the Mr. Iron Robot theme park are over ten feet tall — and so what if they aren't official Transformers?! These robots made out of scrapped cars and machine tools would definitely do in a pinch.