Repurposed

By Carol Brighton | Natural & Recycled Innovations

Houston Flood Prevention Plan: High-Priced Golf Courses

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, the city of Houston is finding new ways to use its golf courses and save whole communities. And as is so …

How Sicilian oranges are being made into clothes

<b>From fashion to energy - the rind and seeds of Sicily's most famous citrus fruit, the humble orange, are being used in a range of greener, healthier business initiatives.</b><p>In 2011, Adriana Santonocito was a design student in Milan when she first had the idea of making sustainable textiles from what …

Recycling

Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood

A brighter, solar-powered future is coming to Bijlmerbajes, a former prison complex in Amsterdam. The Dutch government tapped OMA to design a …

Green Living

Old Coal Mines Have a Place in the Future of Clean Energy

Ben Chafin sees the future of clean energy in abandoned coal shafts.<p>The Virginia state senator, whose Appalachian district is pockmarked with empty …

Energy

Portland to Tap Wastewater Plant for Fueling City Vehicles

Portland's Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (Photo by Eli Duke, via Flickr)For about a decade, most of the methane generated by …

Energy

Building made from 1.5 million plastic bottles withstands fires, earthquakes

May 16, 2017<p>Photo courtesy of Inhabitat<p>Plastic bottle architecture can turn a problem into an eco-friendly opportunity. The EcoARK in Taipei, Taiwan, …

A better way of converting coffee waste to biofuel?

Used coffee grounds can already be turned into things such as water filters, road material, carbon-capture media, and biofuel. Unfortunately in the …

Biofuel

Deal signed for 42.5MW Collinsville solar farm to replace old coal plant

Transformation of former coal plant to 42MW solar farm in north Queensland set to begin with $60m from CEFC taking it to financial close.

Renewable Energy

In the fishing industry, gear recycling is finally catching on

In 2013, Joel Baziuk had a problem. He had too many fishing nets, and no good way to get rid of them. But that was about to change.<p>As operations …

Oceans

Colorado engineers use beer waste water to fuel eco-friendly battery

We’ve seen breweries turn wastewater into drinkable beer but now scientists have turned one brewery’s dirty wastewater into energy.<p>Engineers at University of Colorado Boulder have created an eco-friendly way to re-use the dirty water that results as a byproduct of brewing beer by converting it into …

Food Waste, No More—Scientists Have Figured Out A New Use For Orange Peels

Citrus peels, especially from oranges, are among the most common items in the world of food waste. Orange juice, orange concentrate, orange …

Scotland's sustainable circle: CuanTec trials seafood packaging made from seafood waste

CuanTec uses chitin, an inedible molecule, found in the parts of shellfish that are normally discarded, and converts it into durable, antimicrobial …

This startup is turning waste plastic into the very roads we use every day

Plastic is a problem. It’s a problem that Scottish startup MacRebur is taking on one mile at a time.<p>MacRebur is aiming to challenge three major world …

Recycling

Can tilapia skin be used to bandage burns?

In the Lab<p><i>Para ler em Português, clique aqui.</i><p>F<p>ORTALEZA, Brazil — In this historic city by the sea in northeast Brazil, burn patients look as if …

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home, And The Interior Will Take Your Breath Away

When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world of possibilities. <i>La fábrica</i> was born, and almost …

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveil swimwear made from ocean plastic

Following the release of ocean-plastic shoes, Adidas has again teamed up with Parley for the Oceans to create a collection of swimwear that is also …

The repurposing of vacant urban lots emerges as a strategy to reduce crime

<i>This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Martha T. Moore.</i><p>Many cities are …

150M oysters will be planted in Bay area after record-breaking volume of shells recycled

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A program that collects and recycles oyster shells gathered a record-breaking volume from nearly 300 restaurants, bars, markets …

Hundreds of repurposed orange crates make up striking facade in Italy

Orange crates never looked so good. Studio NOWA (Navarra Office Walking Architecture) repurposed hundreds of the plastic crates to for the facade of …

Penny Tile Floors – Using Copper Coins as Mosaic Tiles

The concept of penny tiled floors received wide spread media attention when a couple from Chicago decided to cover their bedroom floor in the copper …

Solar farm may sprout on a Charlotte landfill closed for decades

Idle for nearly a half-century, the overgrown 155 acres of city-owned property north of uptown, in an industrial area off Statesville Road and …

Charlotte

Japan Airlines wants to transform used clothes into jet fuel

Old clothes could be given new life as jet fuel thanks to a new collaboration between Japan Airlines, recycling firm Japan Environmental Planning …

Recycling

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers …

Urban Design

From coffee waste to superfood

There is no question that the coffee industry is a booming one, but how much do we really know about the production of it? Every latte, cappuccino …

China Is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world—the exclusion zone around the damaged …

Ecology

A Barley Field Grows on Soviet Concrete

In the summer of 2016, the largest Soviet-era residential area of Estonia was living a new life. The district Lasnamäe, including Estonia’s capital …

Cities

Scientists find way to turn waste gas into biofuel

ULSAN, South Korea, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Researchers have developed a new way to turn captured CO2 into liquid biofuel capable of powering …

Chemistry

Coal mines to turbines: how energy shapes the Welsh landscape – in pictures

Photographer Richard Jones’s Energy+Notion project tells the story of energy in Wales, from the remnants of coal mining that shaped its towns and landscapes to the new windfarms springing up where the mines once stood. The project was conceived in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wales.<p>• …