Recycle

Recycle, how do YOU help the environment by recycling, do you just toss plastic and paper products into correct bins whit the recycling sine in it or do you reuse old stuff, remake to keep up whit the time, take action yourself. What do you do? For example, I recycle old news paper... Its a whole proses, first you cut the news papers into smaller peaces, then you let it set in a special, secret concoction, then you blend them, then a secret method of removing the ink from the paper, and finally evenly distribute the sludge into a mold and let it set, dry. One day I might make an Instructables on how to recycle old newspapers. So what are your actions on helping the Earth recover?

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Recycling Plastic?

I happen to have a lot of standard water bottles...a lot. So, I was wondering if some recycling plants will still pay for water bottles? And if so, how can I find one? Thanks!

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Recycling gets sexy with the recycled bikini

Victoria's Secret has introduced a bikini top that's made from recycled polyster and spandex. It's pretty significant in its utter insignificance. Finally, a luxury item can use recycled materials and I hope that we see more companies doing this, but there's only a few square inches of material there. And can they do it without having to make it literally green? It all reads like more of a publicity ploy than any real movement towards sustainability.Patagonia has been using recycled materials for several years and have been making real progress in putting their money where their mouth is. Will others please start following in their footsteps please? Lots of others? link

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Chair of recycled acrylic

Chair of recycled acrylic With concern for the environment, having as one of its core values actions aiming at sustainability. It is for this noble motive that some companies in Brazil, arrive annually to collect about 480 tons of plastic waste per year for recycling. The acrylic sheet recycled exhibit properties similar to the original acrylic plates and cost much less. In this project, I show the creation of a chair design with fully functional and above all sustainable.

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Recycling Alkaline Batteries

It has always bothered me when I disposed of spent alkaline batteries ( having 3 children , can add up to a lot of batteries per year).And there are no local or state programs for recycling these types of batteries where I live. I recently found a company that recycles all types of batteries and electronic waste by mail @ a reasonable cost. They also offer a municipal program for your town.http://www.batteryrecycling.com/new+iRecycle+kitscheck it out , it`s worth the 5 minutes that it`ll take you.

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Recycled Chopstick Canoe

A Japanese man was bothered by the fact that so much wood was being put to waste so that people could use disposable chopsticks. He, of course, did the logical thing; build a canoe out of them. To accomplish this feat, Shuhei Ogawara has spent the last two years collecting said chopsticks from the local cafeteria. His boat is constructed of 7,382 chopsticks glued together and then sealed with a resin coating. It has yet to be tested, but he is pretty confident it will float for the launch ceremony.via pink tentatacle

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recycling.. food cans?

So what can we do with food tins... he standard steel can that you peaches and backed beans comes in = surley it doesnt need to go off ot the landfill with your rubbish or to the recycling plant..,.. any ideas

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Recycled Ticket Art

Japan takes reusing materials to the next level: a 10 x 7 mural, entirely out of old Metro tickets. Just goes to show that you can always find a use for things a second time around (or maybe a third, fourth, you name it).LinkIf you like this mural, it's not the first of its kind. In 2007, employees of a Japanese department store created their own art gallery out of Metro tickets. Check it out here

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upcycle/recycle pillows?

Is there something I can do with old bed pillows besides throw them out?  I am told to buy new pillows every 6 months, but what a waste, not to mention all those pillows going to the landfill.

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way to recycle plastic bags

I have been looking for a way to recycle the bags i get at the supermarket.

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recycle PP together with PET ?

We have (atlast) bongomats (recycling bins for plastic bottles) in town they are intended for transparent bottles made of PET and marked with the recycling icon and num 1 in it is it ok to throw there plastic stuff made of PP (recycling icon with num 5) or its better to trash it ?

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Recycled Vitam Water Bottles

        One of my teachers at school used to drink a lot of Vitamin water, and she would leave the bottles on her desk.  My enviromentally concious friend took the Vitam Water bottles home, and built a side table out of them.  She made the side table so that it can varry in height.  It's pretty sweet looking, I'll post pictures if I get the chance.  I just wanted to know what you guys (and girls) think about the idea etc.

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incandescents: more ideas for recycling!?

Soon they'll be banned, but not extinct!  They're everywhere!  Lightbulb glass is no fun to get rid of, so let's get cleverer (more clever?) with the reuse ideas!

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Ways to recycle shredded paper?

When I was packing a few parcels for my family I used some of the shredded paper from my "office" to fill some empty space in the boxes. I wondered what uses are there for shredded paper besides filling. What are your ideas?

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recycled soda tab earings

 this is a likeable recycable, that will bring attention to any look.

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Ways to recycle PaperCore / PaperTube

Hi guys, I wonder how to reuse the papercore or papertube. or recycle it into product. I got some papercore from the wrapping. I would very appreciate if you reply this thread :) Thanks guys.

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Recycled Polartec Fleece Hats

Over at the Mouse Works, Ryan Williamson hand-makes a variety of hats with recycled Polartec fleece he gets from local factories. His designs are pretty whimsical. One of my favorites is this bear design. I'm not too into the long tail designs, but there are plenty more to choose from.It's always good to see someone who turned a passion into a small business. Linkvia treehugger

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Cheap, sustainable or recycled stuffing

Hi all, I'm part of a project where we're making soft sculptures to cover a tree trunk. It's for a sustainable festival, so we have to be mindful of re-using and recycling in our artwork. The problem we're having is with stuffing. It's only a temporary artwork for 5 hours so I'm not too concerned with waterproofing, but trying to make the sculptures look good when stuffed with shredded newspaper, plastic bags or chopped up old clothes is difficult. I'd really appreciate any ideas you can suggest! Thanks.

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Built of recycled materials, but is it "green"?

Construction is nearing completion in Taipei of a plastic bottle building. Technically a temporary structure, "the world's lightest, movable, breathable environmental miracle" (say the designers) is also strong enough to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.  The building will eventually become an exhibition space. Much is being made of the structure's "green" credentials - LED lighting, and particularly the construction material; 1,500,000 recycled PET bottles. That sounds great, and in most of the news coverage of the structure (such as the BBC and Treehugger) it sounds like the building is built directly of bottles that have been re-shaped somehow (maybe squashed in a heated mould).  The bottles even have lids, and they talk about filling them with air, water or sand to change the thermal properties of the building.. It turns out, though, that the building material is not "PET bottles", but "PET bottles chopped up, melted and re-formed into much thicker-walled bottles intended solely for building", branded as Polli-Bricks. OK, still recycled, still greener than most building materials, but it smacks of spin to just say the building is built of bottles. The Polli-Bricks are impressive - individually nice to look at, and fitting together snugly "like Lego" - but there is no indication of how much energy is spent creating them.  They are made by Hymini, but the Hymini website flashes up all sorts of alarms with my firewall and anti-virus as an "attack site".  There is more information at Miniwiz as well, but some of the links there also trigger alarms. Maybe I'm being a wet blanket. It is a nice building, after all. What do you think? GreenMuze article

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Need to create a lifesize "tree" out of recyclable materials

Can anyone suggest a way to create a life sized tree or an abstact looking tree (preferably out of recycled materials)?

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Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling. However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do? Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

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fusing plastic bag question - can you add paper?

When fusing plastic bags to make things, can you add bits of paper to make a design/collage, or will that weaken the fused result?

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Broken digi camera; what could I make with it?

My old compact digital camera is sitting looking at me accusingly, is there anything I could make out of the bits and peices? I feel bad just chucking it out. Im thinking earrings from the circuitry but not sure beyond that. Any Ideas?

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SUSTAINABLE MAGAZINE NAPKIN RING

These napkin rings go well with the waffle coasters to create a set on the dining table. The colors of the magazines give it a bohemian charm. Finish the ring with lacquer for easy cleaning and durability.INSTRUCTIONS: www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.comMeasure the length and the circumference of a toilet roll.Fold magazine sheets into quarters. Once cut into quarters, fold it into half and then 1/3 and ½ again. Measure the width of the strip and match it according too the circumference of the toilet roll. It should match, giving some allowance of the thickness of the strips. Work out the thickness of the napkin ring. We have measured out 1/3 of the toilet roll, including allowance for the thickness of the strip.Use glue stick to stick the strips onto the toilet roll for placement and ease of weaving. Weave and tuck loose ends into the square weaves.Finish with lacquer.

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rotating compost pricicng

How much do you think people would pay for a rotating composter made from a recycled 55 gallon drum and all recycled materials?

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recycling plaster of paris used in glass casting

Actually it is a question again on same topic but the way the plaster has been used here may change the way it can be recycled. I use plaster of paris to make moulds for glass casting.I want to know if the plaster from these moulds can be recycled since they already have been heated for 24 hours in 800 degrees temperatures. Are the properties lost once heated that high?

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how can i make bath soap from recycled material?

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Decrease plastic recyclables volume, possibly a shredder? Answered

We recycle everything that our county accepts, and by far, the plastics take up more space than anything else.  There is a large amount of air volume inside and between bottles.  I've seen the trick where you compress the bottle and then screw on the lid, but this isn't practical for a lot of containers.  What I would like to see would be some way to reduce a plastic container to smaller pieces that would take up less space.  It needn't be ground into pellets, just cut small enough to reduce the wasted air volume. I've thought of two possibilities, but I'm open to other suggestions.  One is some kind of motorized shredder that would grind/cut the plastic.  The other is a large container, similar to the slap-chopper kitchen gadget, that would have blades to slice the plastic. I have three main requirements.  It must be more convenient than taking scissors or a knife and manually cutting up the bottle.  It must be able to handle most common plastic bottles up to large laundry detergent size, and reduce their overall volume.  The third is it must be fairly safe to use.  We will be adopting soon and I don't want to have to worry about small children falling into the bottle grinder.  :-)

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how to recycle Tassimo T-discs? (is it do-able?)

You know what i mean? the little disc thingys you just pop in the machine & press the button. BUT, they are to expensive, cappucinos (or however it's spelt) are £ 3 for 8 drinks :(.  so, I was wondering if there is a way to recycle them. just to clarify, Tassimo is a cofee mavchine from bosch

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What can I do with broken cellphones? Recycle them? Cannibalize them for parts?

I have several cellphones stored, I don't want to throw them away because i think they pollute. So... any ideas?

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Are we focused on the wrong things?

I've seen a bunch of awesome instructables here that show how to take everyday objects that we might otherwise dispose of and make them into something new. Reusing or upcycling is a much better alternative to putting things in the trash, but some of the things I have seen here raise a few questions. Is it more green to make something new out of old drink bottles or soda cans, or to recycle them? Is it better to upcycle old clothes, or give them to a homeless shelter or Goodwill? I see a lot of instructables here that make new things out of recyclable waste, like soda bottles, aluminum, or cardboard, or out of things like old shirts or books that could be donated. Shouldn't the green focus be on ways to reuse things that can't be recycled or donated, things that are going to end up in the trash unless we find ways to reuse them?  I don't know if this is a topic that has come up before or if I'm thinking about it in the right way. I'm really not sure which is more green, recycling or reusing. I guess I'm just interested in a discussion of how we can find new uses for non-recyclables, like Styrofoam, non-recyclable plastics, etc. Obviously the best thing to do would be to stop buying these things all together, so maybe we should also have instructables on how we can get away from buying and using these products in the fist place. What are some green alternatives to common waste producing items? Reusing and recycling can only do so much. The real way to make a difference is to stop buying so much disposable stuff in the first place. Any ideas anyone?

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Old tire rocking chair

Found randomly on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/3340181328/http://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/3340184078/I just LOVE this! It looks like it ought not to be too difficult to make, if one has a junkyard to pull bits from.(The note on the chair's back says something about don't play on this as wasps have taken up residence.)

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I need ideas for projects using plastic soda rings, inlcuding how to connect them.

I'm working with a youth group, & we get a ton of the plastic rings at work. Instead of throwing them away, I would like to have projects for the kids. We have kids of all ages, so would like any projects for any ages.

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Uses for scrap floppy disk drives.?

I have a stack of old fdds - they have small motors and worm gears to drive the head and some have motors for the disk but the others have the disk motor coils affixed to the circuit board and so it is difficult to salvage that. Is it possible to 'drive' the fdd over the connector? What signals normally traverse the ribbon cable? They all have opto sensors for the disk in or out and an led of course.

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How to remove permanent printed designs on glass? Answered

Hi, I have an old diffuser reed bottle which I think could be useful for a future project as it is a colour that would go well with the theme of my room - but it also has the candle company name and rather too much print on the glass. Is there some way that  I can remove part of the design without damaging the glass or causing too many scratches, it would be a shame to throw it out (we cannot buy refills over here so there's not much else I can do with it). Thanks.  : )

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Where can I find PET recycled fabric?

I'm looking to make a messenger bag and a few other things, but instead of buying new ballistic nylon fabric, I want to get PET fabric. Where can I find this sold by the yard?

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Can you suggest ideas for recycling leather from a broken recliner? More imaginative than belts, purses or pouches.

It seems a terrible waste of quality leather to just trash this chair. Can you help with creative uses of the leather pieces I could salvage?

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Glassphemy lets you recycle and have fun smashing bottles at the same time

Glassphemy is a large clear box made by Macro Sea where people can smash their bottles for recycling. Thanks to some bullet-proof Lexan panels, others can watch the action from right behind the smash zone. It's a great way to get rid of some stress and break up bottles for reuse. GLASSPHEMY! via core77

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Boxbots Take Cardboard Recycling To A Whole New Level Of Creative Cool!!

Anyone who's a fan of art will appreciate the work of New York based designer JK Keller.His "Boxbot" collection takes cardboard recycling to a whole new level of creative cool!! http://bit.ly/JdZf

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Cleaning Glass Cullet: getting the labels off already smashed bottles

Short Ver:  I'm looking for a way to get the paper, foil, glue, and plastic labels off the bits of glass that have been smashed at the recycling center. Long Story:  There are several good uses for recycling glass cullet, the glass is plentiful at the local recycling center, they get very little for it because there isn't a re-user within efficient shipping range.  I was looking into buying recycled glass to use in a project, but shipping to get it delivered is outrageous $.  I want to start off with glass as the aggregate in concrete countertops.  That's a lot of glass - a couple hundred pounds per countertop.  Yes, they're very heavy.  I've internet searched to my bandwidth limit.  No-one nearby does the glass cullett thing. So, I went to the local recycling center and picked up a couple of 5 gallon buckets of smashed glass.  Really great.  Now, how do I get all the labels off?  Thanks, Ruby

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Going Green- At work

Does your work place recycle your waste?If not here is a brief Instructable with perhaps a few points you could utilise at work.Just in case your interested, feel free to add your points.ThanksGoing green- At work

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Trash

From trash, let's make things https://www.instructables.com/id/Green-campaign/

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would anyone use a cardboard coffee table?

I ask this question because i was thinking about entering the cardboard challenge. So i started to think of ideas and the first one that poped in to my head was a cardboad coffe table, then I thought about making a lawn chair or things of that nature. Also I thought about this to be a green project because my dad owns a bakery (keylime west inc.) and when he get shipments in of ingredients in there are always extra card board so instead of giving it to a recycling plant I could use it to make furniture

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How do you take bottle caps and make them into a belt? Answered

I have a ton of old bottle caps that I wanted to adhere to a cheap belt. Any ideas?

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What is the water that comes out of an AC unit? Answered

I do work for a lady, and she seems to have a hoarding problem.  She has 100's +  bottles, gallons, AND trash cans of this "water". What is it? AND what is it safe to do with?

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ideas for mugs?

So, I've stumbled across a load of old mugs (about 200) in a primary school near where I live. They said I could do what I want with them as they didn't know they had them and are surplus to requirement. They are made of china and all have saucers, (pics to follow), anyone got any ingenious ideas for them?

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Can I edit a step by step after it is published? Answered

I am in the middle of a project (making a soda tab purse). I am new to this forum and have not ever created a step by step. Can I publish the steps I have done so far then go back to edit it when I am done?

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