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Car Parts Made Out of… Coconut Husks?

Coconuts are notoriously difficult to open. If you’ve ever tried it (I have), you know that even before you get to the rock-hard shell, there is a thick, matty, impossible-to-pull-off husk encasing the cheapest uk viagra nut entirely. While most of us would simply curse the stuff as we try to rip it away, scientists in Texas have instead thought “Hey, this stuff would make a really strong composite material!”

And so it does. Although the material made by said scientists requires the coconut husks to be mixed with polypropylene, which is a fossil-fuel based polymer (boo), it is pretty good, as materials go. It’s light, strong and viagra for sale stiff. Also, since coconut husks don’t burn very well, the resulting composite is pretty un-flammable. These guys, working out of Baylor University, like the material so much that they are building floorboards, truck liners and car door interiors.

Is this really practical on look here purchase of levitra a large scale? For those of us living in parts of the world where coconuts are limited to the grocery store, it’s hard to imagine. But in more equatorially located countries, coconuts are everywhere. What’s more, in places like Ghana coconut husks tend to get piled up around villages in mounds (pictured above), collect water and subsequently invite malaria-spreading mosquitoes to breed inside. So hopefully a market for husk-based material would help do away with these mounds.

The scientists are already working with a fiber manufacturer to produce some test batches of their materials. Seriously, if you put your mind to it, you can find a use for ANYTHING.

Via Livescience


San Francisco Grease Drive

This past holiday season marked San Francisco’s annual fuel drive, where residents can bring in their used cooking oil to be recycled into biodiesel for the municipality's fleet of generic viagra mastercard vehicles. No results have been posted yet on how much cooking oil the price cialis canada city collected, but the trend has been positive. From Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, residents could drop off their oil at specific Whole Foods and Costco locations around the city. The only requirement was that the kitchen grease had to buy discount cialis be stored in leak-proof containers. The city also ran similar programs after Thanksgiving in 2007 and 2008 which yielded 1 and 2 tons of turkey grease respectively.

Grease is a big problem, and not just for the landfills where much of it still gets dumped. In San Francisco each year, 65,000 gallons of grease end up in the sewers and the results are disastrous. Grease hardens in sewers and gets stuck there – in fact, half of all the city's sewer emergencies are caused by grease. “It's hard as a rock,” said Tyrone Jue, a spokesman for the city's public utilities commission. “It's sort of like what happens with grease in your arteries.”

The cost of fixing damaged pipes sucks $3.5 million a year out of the city's budget. In economic times of woman and levitra these, when municipal funds are struggling enough as it is, it would be a shame to spend so much money on a problem that is completely avoidable.

In addition to the grease collecting program, the city is trying to find other ways to cut down on the levitra endurance amount of food ooze going down the drain. About one out of every five of the city's 500 restaurants have signed up for free grease pick up from the city. San Francisco takes the grease it collects to a treatment facility where any food remnant is removed and then the oil is further refined in a biodiesel manufacturing plant before being pumped back into the fuel tanks of municipal vehicles. More information of the city's grease recycling program can be found here at

If this latest food fuel drive is successful, the city is looking at running the program 365 days a year.

Via The San Francisco Chronicle


In Japan, Recycled Bottles Save Drowning Victims

The Coast Guard in Japan, like other public services from every country feeling the buy cheap generic cialis economic crunch, is being told to lower expenses. How do you rescue drowning people on the cheap? In the seaside towns of Takamatsu and Wakamatsu, the Coast Guard offices have taken an idea from high school students that lowers the cost of flotation devices while helping the environment.

A few years ago, a group of high school students on a field trip to the sea came across a drowning man. The quick-thinking students improvised a flotation device using 16 plastic bottles and cialis discount rescued the man. Though the invention was invented out of necessity, the Coast Guard realized that it was effective.

Each of 50 mg viagra from canadian pharmacy these red lifesavers made from recycled polyethlene bottles cost about $2. That's a significant savings for the Coast Guard which used to spend $50 to $200 for new official flotation devices. The Coast Guard plans to have the bottles at piers and breakwater lights on rocky shores near fishing ports at the door of lighthouses. The Coast Guard also has step-by-step instructions here on levitra buy how to make your own flotation devices out of plastic bottles here, but you have to be able to read Japanese.

Photo credit: Wakamatsu Coast Guard
Via: InventorSpot




Testing Out Ace Hardware's CFL Recycling Program

For a while there, I was getting worried. While 90% of me hoped that the world would immediately switch over to compact fluorescent light bulbs, there was 10% that was getting very worried that recycling them would never be easy, so they would end up breaking in landfills, and increasing the cialis daily amount of elemental mercury loose in the world.

It seemed that some companies would launch pilot projects, and then I'd never hear of it again. The only "nation-wide" effort that existed was IKEA. Unfortunately, the nearest IKEA to my house is about 11 hours away. I feared that the expense of recycling CFLs would forever keep it inconvenient. Then ACE Hardware launched their recycling program, which seemed a little too good to levitra pharmacy compare cost be true.

Free recycling of all CFLs and most fluorescent tubes at all stores in America. It seemed too good to be true, so I grabbed a couple of CFLs before I went to ACE to get a couple of screws I needed. I didn't see any bins, or signs advertising the effort, which is a little discouraging, but when I asked an employee, he simply opened his palms, and I passed off the bulbs.

The recycling bin is backstage, apparently for safety reasons (I guess you don't want to have a bunch of fragile glass bulbs of click here prescription viagra mercury hanging around where someone could drop a pant can on them.)

A simple process, yes, but I wish it were more widely publicized and well known. The fact that there were no messages advertising the program in the store was a little discouraging, but I salute ACE, as a coast-to-coast retailer who is need viagra the first to provide CFL recycling in a town near you. There are over 4,300 ACE stores, if you want to see if there's one near you, check out this handy utility.


Paper Bottles Better Than Plastic

For anyone who remembers drinking out of triangle paper cups, the idea of a paper water bottle seems, well, kinda flimsy. Brandimage, however, has come up with a design that's made of 100% renewable paper. The 360 Bottle recently won an IDEA, an International Design Excellence Award.

Each day 60 million plastic bottles are tossed out with only 14% of plastic bottles recycled. The rest end up in the landfill. The 360 paper bottle, Brandimage claims, will decrease energy consumed throughout the product's entire life cycle. The paper bottles are shipped out in containers made of ecoboard. Before it is used, the paper bottle is flattened out which makes transporting the product more eco-friendly than moving plastic bottles.

For now the paper bottle is just a concept but Brandimage hopes eventually to get the the best site get levitra in canada product out to market and fewer plastic bottles tossed in the dump.

Via Ecofriend

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