Top

Ellen Hunter Gans

Ellen Hunter Gans has been writing for RecycleReminders since the blog’s inception. She is passionate about words, new media and, of course, recycling.

rss feed Author's Website

Ellen Hunter Gans's Latest Posts

Nest collaborates on smart fan

Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST. Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means […]

Continue Reading

Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

| August 21, 2014

One and a half billion tires get discarded every year. We’re having a hard time wrapping our heads around that number. Especially since tires aren’t exactly like bottle caps—they take up serious space. We’re not the only ones who are a little put off by the idea of 1.5 billion tires ending up in landfills […]

Continue Reading

Dell celebrates a decade of computer recycling

Dell celebrates a decade of computer recycling

| August 19, 2014

This year, the Dell computer company celebrates a notable milestone: Its computer recycling program, Dell Reconnect, has been going strong for a full decade. In “technology” years, a decade might as well be a century. Things in the technosphere have changed and advanced so rapidly over the last ten years that we laugh at processing […]

Continue Reading

Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

| August 18, 2014

Solar power technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years. Today, scientists and manufacturers are scrambling to find newer and better ways to harness the power of the sun to produce clean energy. We’ve written before about how groups are working on bringing solar power to remote parts of the desert […]

Continue Reading

Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

| August 13, 2014

Would you paint your lawn? A whole lot of people are saying: “Yes, please.” California is enduring the worst drought on record. With water scarcer than ever, residents have been forced to significantly cut back on watering their lawns—if they’re allowed to water them at all. The result? A lot of dead grass. You might […]

Continue Reading

Recycling station dispenses food for stray animals

Recycling station dispenses food for stray animals

| August 7, 2014

This one is short but awfully sweet. In Istanbul, Turkey, they’re giving new meaning to “puppy love.” The city is home to 14 million people and an astonishing 150,000 stray dogs and cats. They’ve come up with an ingenious way to support the four-legged population while encouraging the two-legged population to make more earth-friendly choices. […]

Continue Reading

Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

| August 5, 2014

In 2004, Tony Wrench was nearly forced to demolish his home because the design made municipality planners nervous. Today, his home’s unique design is so compelling that Wrench has published a home building book so others can follow in his footsteps. What makes Wrench’s home design so special—and controversial? It’s known as “That Roundhouse” and […]

Continue Reading

New York City’s organic waste pilot program making strides

New York City’s organic waste pilot program making strides

| July 31, 2014

If Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott https://www.flickr.com/photos/meddygarnet/3451581786have their way, folks in the Big Apple will be more responsible with their big apple cores after they’re finished with them. And their tea bags. And their coffee grounds. And their banana peels. And the second half of that flaxseed muffin that seemed like a good idea at […]

Continue Reading

New Orleans is kicking (cigarette) butts

New Orleans is kicking (cigarette) butts

| July 29, 2014

Smoking rates have plummeted significantly in the United States over the past several decades—but you might not know it from looking at the barrage of cigarette butts carpeting many urban sidewalks. New Orleans is the latest city taking on the challenge of cleaning up the butts. That’s the good news. The great news? They’re doing […]

Continue Reading

Collapsible coffee cup solves a trashy problem

Collapsible coffee cup solves a trashy problem

| July 24, 2014

The new Smash Cup is smashing up traditional notions of reusable coffee cups. Convenient, lightweight, collapsible—what’s not to like? We know, we know—this is the second coffee cup-related post in two weeks. Think that’s excessive? How’s this for excessive: in America alone, 23 billion paper cups are thrown away each year. Yes, that’s billion with […]

Continue Reading

A (seriously) green coffee cup

A (seriously) green coffee cup

| July 17, 2014

Let’s start this story with some eye-opening statistics. Starbucks uses four billion coffee cups per year. Of those four billion cups, Starbucks is ony able to recycle 39 percent of them. That’s less than four in ten cups. Why so low? They’re made of paper, right? Well, yes, they are—but paper doesn’t contain liquid very […]

Continue Reading

Top