Matthew Betts

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Amazing building made from 1.5 million plastic bottles withstands fires and earthquakes

Plastic bottle architecture is fantastic at turning a problem into an eco-friendly opportunity. The amazing EcoARK in Taipei, Taiwan is one such …

Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Lovely Turtles

What we have here is a cool idea for kids: recycled plastic bottles becoming lovely turtles! Isn’t it great? … and it is not difficult to be put into …

Crafting

DIY Chicken Feeder for Brooder, Infirmary or Maternity Ward

So, here are the 'before' pictures of the temporary basement residents with issues as of late:<p>Bertha, the Partridge Cochin we bought at the …

Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Twine Using The Plastic Bottle Cutter (video)

Pavel & Ian based in Versailles, France created a very unique plastic bottle cutter which can be used to recycle your old plastic drinks bottles …

How to make easy Easter pen pots from plastic bottles

<b>Want a children's Easter craft that is also functional around the home? Liven up your stationary with these bottles turned bunny rabbits.</b><p>Transform …

Crafting

The house that Tateh built ... out of sand-filled plastic bottles

In the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Algerian desert, Tateh Lehbib Braica – aka ‘the crazy bottle guy’ – has built circular houses from waste plastic that protect from wind and sun<p>A group of women drink tea under the shade of a tent and cast an eye over the construction of an odd, circular house. …

Castle of plastic bottles shows the way to reducing waste

Plastic waste is a growing problem worldwide - especially for the planet's oceans. The dilemma has inspired a Canadian entrepreneur to start using …

Zero electricity air-con made of plastic bottles

BANGLADESH • Bangladesh is predicted to be among South Asian countries most affected by a rise in global average temperatures in the coming …

How do you remove five trillion pieces of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean?

Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin answering the question that frames one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. …

Pollution

Scientists have created edible water balloons that could get rid of the need for plastic bottles

In case you didn’t know, bottled water is destroying the planet.<p>We know that we need to be drinking plenty of water. It’s important. But the plastic …

Getting rid of plastic bags: windfall for supermarkets but won't do much for environment

Moves by major supermarkets to stop providing free plastic bags could earn these businesses more than A$1 million a year, but may only have a small …

Sustainability

Waste plastic used to make steel

Paul Tait<p>Related Stories<p>Why steel isn't so stainless, Science Online, 15 Feb 2002<br>• Upgrade computers not trash them, says UN, Science Online, 08 Mar …

Sustainability

5 Ways Hemp Will Change Our World

I'm in!<p>Currently in the United States of America it is illegal to grow Hemp. Clear cutting forests, burning fossil fuels, spraying large amounts of …

Broken Bone X-Rays Repurposed As Lamp Shade

These are a bunch of broken bone x-rays that have been repurposed as a lampshade. Presumably by a mad scientist or an evil doctor. Are those even …

Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover

September 29, 2015<p>An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely …

Pollution

Plastic-eating bugs? It’s a great story – but there’s a sting in the tail

Breeding wax moth caterpillars to devour our waste sounds good. But they would attack bee colonies too, and ultimately put crops at risk<p>Caterpillars that can munch up plastic bags have just been identified, fuelling excited speculation that this could one day eliminate global pollution from plastic …

Plastic-eating worms could help wage war on waste

Wax moth larvae are usually bred as fish bait, but a chance discovery has revealed their taste for plastic – which could be used to beat polluting plastic<p>For caterpillars that are bred as premium fish bait, it must rank as a better life. Rather than dangling on the end of a hook and wondering what …

3 Incredible Inventions That Are Cleaning Our Oceans

These projects are helping take out the trash.<p>The research is clear: Man-made pollution is choking the oceans. From plastics that swirl around the world trashing beaches and killing marine animals, to chemical and oil spills that poison the sea, humans are to blame for much of the oceans’ …