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Tag: Recycling

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper
Because most computing technology is notoriously earth-unfriendly with its inability to be reused or recycled, researchers at the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed circuit boards printed on paper that can be safely disposed of after a single use, either by burning or naturally biodegrading.

Butterfly Wings Shopping Bag Has a Chrysalis Carrying Pouch

Butterfly Wings Shopping Bag Has a Chrysalis Carrying Pouch
Because Japan will never stop being lightyears ahead of the unusual but practical fashion game, this is the Butterfly Birth Shopping Bag from Felissimo. Available from the Japan Trend Shop, it features a green chrysalis carrying case, from which you can extract the beautiful translucent butterfly wings shopping bag, created in the likeness of the wings of a chestnut tiger butterfly, a species commonly found in Asia.

VHS Tapes Repurposed as Planters: Captain Planet Would Be Proud

VHS Tapes Repurposed as Planters: Captain Planet Would Be Proud
Remember when VHS tapes were the gold-standard in movie rentals? Seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? And where are all those VHS tapes now? I mean, besides my packrat parents’ basement? Landfills? Well, Etsy shop niftyrecyclables is doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle by selling VHS tapes that have been transformed into little planters.

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts

Ford and Jose Cuervo Team to Turn Agave Plants into Car Parts
I can think of few stranger corporate collaborations than that of a major automaker and a major tequila maker. But that’s exactly what’s going on between a Ford and Jose Cuervo. You see, engineers at Ford have figured out a way to convert old agave plants into car parts.

Open Source Plastic Recycling Machines: Precious Plastic

Open Source Plastic Recycling Machines: Precious Plastic
You might remember Dave Hakkens as the man who popularized the idea of modular smartphones with his Phonebloks concept. He’s back with another environment-friendly movement, and this time he has a more concrete solution. Together with his friends, Dave setup Precious Plastic, which are DIY plastic recycling machines.

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe
Got an old iPhone or two lying around unused? Instructables member Purincess may have a great woodworking project for you. He calls it Reframe, a wall mount frame that lets you use your old phone as a digital clock, picture frame and more.

DIY LEGO Base Plate Table: Imagination Foundation

DIY LEGO Base Plate Table: Imagination Foundation
Earlier this year we checked out a LEGO building station on wheels that a father made for his son. Redditor thaitwin also built a LEGO station for his kids, but he opted to have base plates built right on to its surface.

Better Re Turns Used Phone Batteries into Battery Packs: Power Cycle

Better Re Turns Used Phone Batteries into Battery Packs: Power Cycle
Enlighten Today is working on the smartphone battery equivalent of hard drive enclosures. The Better Re is a housing that turns used phone batteries into external battery packs. Not only does this reduce waste and make the most out of what would otherwise be hazardous waste materials, it also means you have an expandable battery pack that could last a lifetime.

Computer Component Bugs: Wasteamorphosis

Computer Component Bugs: Wasteamorphosis
The words “computer” and “bug” often mean bad news when mentioned in the same sentence, but it’s not the case here. Artist Julie Alice Chappell’s Computer Component Bugs are sculptures of insect-like creatures that she makes out of discarded components and parts from obsolete gadgets.

Cruncher 3D Print Recycler Chops up Unwanted Prints: 3R in 3D

Cruncher 3D Print Recycler Chops up Unwanted Prints: 3R in 3D
Whether through machine or user error, 3D printers turn out a lot of defective prints. ExtrusionBot wants to help personal 3D printer users get the most out of their materials with the Cruncher. It’s a desktop pellet mill that breaks down unwanted printed objects into small pieces. 

3D Printed 6-story Building: Ink Different

3D Printed 6-story Building: Ink Different
Just 3 years ago the thought of using 3D printing to create buildings – even a tiny one – seemed like a pipe dream. But last year we saw a miniature castle that was entirely 3D printed.

Janicki OmniProcessor Turns Sewage into Drinking Water: Poop2H2O

Janicki OmniProcessor Turns Sewage into Drinking Water: Poop2H2O
NASA and Bear Grylls have proven that it’s possible to drink pee. If Janicki Industries has its way, someday we’ll be drinking water from poop and other waste materials too. Its OmniProcessor impressed no less than Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who even drank some of the poop-sourced water.

DIY Cardboard Millenium Falcon Came from Boxes Far, Far Away

DIY Cardboard Millenium Falcon Came from Boxes Far, Far Away
Imgur user Thomas Richner had a few cardboard boxes lying around in his basement. Instead of simply throwing them away, the teacher and animator decided to bring back one of his hobbies as a kid: making scale models of the Millenium Falcon.

Pinball Machine Desk: Insert Coin to Work

Pinball Machine Desk: Insert Coin to Work
I love old pinball machines. I love to play them and I wouldn’t mind having one for a desk. That’s what Tim Sway, an artist in Wallingford, Connecticut, has done here. He has turned an old pinball machine into a desk.

This Restaurant is Made from Cardboard

This Restaurant is Made from Cardboard
Concept restaurants aren’t anything new, with the more notable ones being the Modern Toilet Restaurant and the Hospitalis hospital-themed diner. However, Carton King brings something entirely new to the table: cardboard.

AgIC DIY Kit Lets You Print Circuit Boards on Ink Printers: Agical!

AgIC DIY Kit Lets You Print Circuit Boards on Ink Printers: Agical!
Last year we talked about the EX¹, a 3D printer designed to print circuit boards on a variety of materials, including paper. The EX¹ has great potential, but if all you want is to print is circuit boards on paper, the AgIC may be better for you.