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Recycled Tires for Cell Phones

Whoa. Who needs triple lattes when there is Strapya World? Nothing gives a jolt of adrenaline to buy viagra for women uk the buy discount levitra online system like a quick perusal of tramadol online next day what’s new in Strapya World, the Japanese company that designs cell phone gadgets. The company’s website is a non-stop bombardment of Pokemon, Hello Kitty and click now online levitra cheap Manga stuff for your cell phones.

Recently, the company came out with its phone strap-solar charger. The concept is a metallic holder on the phone strap recharges power from sunlight for your cell phone. That’s neat, but the practicality and utility of solar straps charging cell phones seems a bit too gadgety. If there is any charging going on viagra prices united states with straps, it might be best to use dancing instead of the sun, of if you’re set on the sun, then using the Freeloader and Supercharger.

On a more practical level, Strapya has come out with a new accessory. “We made this with ecological ideas,” Strapya proudly proclaims for its cell phone case called “Zero.” “Zero” is made from used tire tubes remade as cell phone straps and holders. Prices range from $8 US for straps to $25 for holders. Like snowflakes, no two Zeros are the same because the company uses hundreds of recycled tires and every tire travels down the buy cialis cheap road marking its own unique path. Talk about a one-of-a-kind accessory for your beloved cell phone.

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ECO2 Ditches Water, Uses CO2 to Recycle PET

Recycling plastics takes a whole lot of water. Cleaning the plastics and removing the labels takes an average plant about 100,000 gallons of water a day. This requirement, combined with California’s strict regulations on water, means that a significant amount of wow look it best canadian pharmacy recyclable plastic never gets processed and put back into the loop. San Francisco-based ECO2 has come up with a clever solution that requires no water, and actually utilizes CO2 emissions from power plants.

PET is the largest polymer used in the US, with Americans consuming about 11 billion pounds of it every year. Over half of this amount comes in the form of plastic bottles. Only 1.4 billion pounds is actually collected for recycling each year. Part of the reason why so little is recycled is because until just a few years ago, there wasn’t a single West Coast PET recycler – all because of that pesky use of water, on which California is understandably strict. ECO2’s new method eliminates the water and overnight canadian viagra chemicals used to clean plastic, which means they only lose about 500 gallons of water a day to evaporation, versus the it's great! purchase viagra in canada 25,000 to 100,000 gallons of other plants.

Their process is a closed-loop system of using a biodegradable and FDA-approved biosolvent that cleans the plastic. The used biosolvent is distilled, where the sugars and glue from the plastics are removed and the carbon vapors are captured. The vapors are converted back into a liquid and the solvent goes back into the system. The liquid CO2 used to clean the bottles comes from power plant emissions – so ECO2 uses recycled waste to recycle waste. Nifty!

ECO2 has one plant in Riverbank, CA and another slated to start operations in 2009. They hope to female herbal cialis have between 5 and 10 plants eventually scattered across the US, and a few more international plants. With the cost of a new plant running only about $15 million – all expenses included – I wouldn’t be surprised to see these pop up fairly quickly. They are still waiting to receive FDA approval to use their recycled plastic in new bottles, but should that come through, which it likely will, the demand for the recycled plastic will be here since big companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are looking to add more PET into their packaging. Coca-Cola has set a goal to have all bottles contain at least 25% post-consumer PET by 2025. ECO2 will definitely have a market for their finished product.

The company isn’t going to limit itself to look here price levitra PET, either. They have plans to recycle HDPE – the stuff used in containers like milk jugs and detergents – as well as ASR – auto shredder residue. Using CO2 emissions to recycle is a great idea, and I am on the prowl to find out more information about how much CO2 the plant itself will actually emit, and how the CO2 bath may affect the recycled plastics.

Via Cleantech


Cardboard Bike A Cheap Solution to Theft

In a world of over-packaging, why not take the packaging and buy tramadol generic ultram make something useful of it? An industrial design student at Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K. has built a cheap, ecological transport. Ta-dah! A cardboard bike.

Phil Bridge doesn’t have a name for it yet, but if we can humbly suggest: the ReCycle.

Bridge said he designed the bike after learning that a bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds in England, so he decided to make a bike cheap enough that it wouldn’t matter if it got lifted (Hey, bikes thieves should go green too!) and designed the bike as eco-friendly as possible.

The prototype is made almost entirely from recyclable and recycled materials, using interchangeable mechanical parts. It costs about $30 to make. The body of the bike is environmentally-friendly and biodegradable industrial cardboard used in constructing partitional boarding. We’ve seen cardboard used in everything form Ferraris to laptops, but nothing that kept its construction so…apparent.

“It does get wet in the rain,” said Bridge. “That is a problem.”

But Bridge thinks the lightweight quality of the cardboard could actually be a benefit. A bargain bike is less susceptible to try it cialis online in usa thives. Low-cost bikes at the we like it buy xanax online moment are very heavy which can put potential riders off. Plus, it’d be easier to get it into a tree.

The bike can support anyone up to 168 pounds and the wheels and chains are standard for use on bikes.

Via Shu, BBC


e-Cycling From Home Is A Zip

Recycling electronics is a practice finally gaining widespread exposure. We’ve talked about the hazards of e-waste, and why getting the most out of buy cheap tramadol online the old stuff is better than getting new stuff. But a lot of us want to just ditch the beat-up gadgets guilt-free. And, a lot of us are also lazy…or busy.


To that end, e-Cycling is getting easier, from simply mailing away your small electronics at no charge, to competitive programs helping you make a little money on the turn-around. Now, Zip Express Installations will not only help you set up your new devices, but also haul away the old – for a charge, of course.


Zip is working on partnerships with big-box retailers to provide next-day installations. Once the business is fully launched, you’ll be able to hire them to come and install your new toy, but plan an extra $49 for the haul-away of the old gadget. If you just want them to take something away for you, it’ll cost a cool $80.


This seems like a real luxury service, but if you’re paying someone to come install something for you then you’re probably the kind of person who enjoys a little luxury, so Zip really knows their target audience. They’ll also deal with computers, phones, cameras, PC peripherals, monitors and amplifiers. I’m so penny-pinching, I’d rather deal with it myself until electronics companies catch on viagra 25mg uk to the free haul-away service appliance companies already offer.


Via Earth2Tech


Could Robots Recycle For Us?

We all recycle...when it's convenient. But there are a ton of inefficiencies in the recycling process. These inefficiencies ad up to increased costs of recycling and decreased recycling rates. The whole thing gets too confusing for some people, especially the cialis canada generic 10mg no prescription many-numbered plastics. Does my local recycling plant take 6's or just 2's and 4's.

It sure would be easier if there were a way for a robot to do all of this for us. Unfortunately, Honda's Asimo (pictured) isn't ready for primetime. But the Barcode Trashcan by designer Woo Seok Park is a step in the right direction.

Wave the item in front of the barcode and the correct lid opens. Sorting Simplified!

Most products have a barcode attached that has a numeric value and the trashcan can read the barcode and open the correct lid. No more tossing in bottles where plastic goes and bubblewrap in with cardboard.

It's a great idea for items like soft and hard plastic and bottles. For recyclables like newspapers or paper which don't have barcodes, the Barcode Trashcan assumes you can figure it out yourself.  It's still in the concept phase now, and I'd like to see a bunch more automation in the process. But until we all get little robot helpers...something's gotta simplify life.

Via shinyshiny

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