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Don’t Let Fluorescent Lights Fade Away in Landfills

Don’t Let Fluorescent Lights Fade Away in Landfills

| March 16, 2017

About 620 million fluorescent bulbs are discarded every year. When broken and discarded, they release toxic mercury into the environment. In the United States alone, discarded bulbs release between two and four tons of mercury every year. Toxic mercury vapors from broken bulbs can enter the bloodstream through lungs. Mercury from broken bulbs and tubes […]

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New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

| August 28, 2014

Now here’s a bright idea: A light bulb that dims itself, thereby conserving energy and helping keep electric bills under control. Until now, homeowners had to install special dimmer switches in order to be able to control the brightness of lights. Romantic dinner? Turn ’em down low. Performing surgery in your kitchen? Leave ’em blazing. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Gold mining with mushrooms

Gold mining with mushrooms

| May 7, 2014

What do gold mining, mushrooms, and landfills have in common? Put together, they sound like elements of an extraordinarily strange dream — but they’re all part of a very real, very novel approach to electronics recycling. Here’s the short version: a special kind of mushroom is being used to filter gold and other precious metals […]

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Apple now accepts used products for recycling

Apple now accepts used products for recycling

| April 29, 2014

Our cultural obsession with the latest and greatest shiny new object means that the next big thing quickly becomes passé at best, and obsolete at worst. That makes for a whole lot of electronic waste (or “e-waste”). We’ve discussed e-waste at some length in this blog, but we’ve never discussed an individual company’s attempt to […]

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Combating wasted food with a new countertop composter

Combating wasted food with a new countertop composter

| March 13, 2014

What’s on your kitchen counter? A toaster? A coffee maker? A mini, automatic countertop composter? If we lost you at that last one, stay tuned — if the folks behind a company called Food Cycle Science have their way, their product will soon turn composting into a mainstream activity. Food Cycle Science’s new gadget is […]

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The e-QBO gives solar power a face lift

The e-QBO gives solar power a face lift

| March 10, 2014

Italy is bringing solar power to the streets. Literally. A group of Italian designers have created an innovative, portable product that harnesses solar power and makes that power available for a variety of applications. The product is called the e-QBO, and it’s turning a lot of heads — both literally and figuratively. In a country where […]

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There’s no end in sight to the rise of e-waste

There’s no end in sight to the rise of e-waste

| March 6, 2014

In 2011, the world produced 41.5 million tons of e-waste. While you’re still wrapping your head around that astronomical number, let me drop another one on you. By 2016, it is estimated that the global volume of e-waste will weigh in at more than double that figure. The projection for 2016 is an astounding 93.5 […]

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Plugging into the e-waste problem

Plugging into the e-waste problem

| December 26, 2013

What do you know about e-waste? The name is kind of misleading. It evokes images of something virtual — maybe something you’d put into the “trash” bin on your computer. In truth e-waste (a.k.a. electronic waste) is very tangible, very real, and a very big problem. E-waste is a blanket term that covers appliances, computers, […]

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Why Apple is not so green: The truth behind its recycling program

Why Apple is not so green: The truth behind its recycling program

| December 23, 2013

It’s hard for Apple fans to resist buying the next new iPhone. It’s even harder when the company promises to recycle consumers’ old iPhones and pay them its value so they can buy a brand new iPhone. In August, Apple launched its Reuse and Recycling program, which allows iOS users to bring in their old phones, […]

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