Here you can look up paint recycle centers in your area and get contact info. Please recycle!http://www.managemyhome.com/mmh/bundles/paint
Posted by DinaC 9 years ago
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.
Posted by Kidz_Creator 7 years ago
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 ?
Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago
Can anyone suggest a way to create a life sized tree or an abstact looking tree (preferably out of recycled materials)?
Posted by pwadams 7 years ago
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.
Posted by ADRIANT28 1 year ago
I am interested in finding more ibles and external links to functional devices built from recycled, unrelated electronic parts and devices. This: https://www.instructables.com/community/Lamps_from_recycled_parts_ideal_example_of_a_gree/ is an example.
Posted by tinkernaut 9 years ago
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.
Posted by Daniel Domingos 5 years ago
Has anybody tried to remove batteries from this?there are a bunch of dead 9V's in there and i want to get them to make battery clips from them.but the lid is small and it is spring loaded.I was thinking a speaker magnet on the end of a string and just drop it in and you get whatever you get.are batteries magnetic...
Posted by ledzep567 10 years ago
While waiting at a red light, I noticed that inside of a FedEx truck, the driver had his own portable car stereo in the cab with him. It consisted of a wood box with three 3.5" Dia speakers on the side with the stereo (what looked like an older model) sticking out of the top of the box, vertically. I'm guessing he had it wired for a cigarette lighter adapter to power the unit and the box was held in place in the cab by bungee cords. It looked like a great way to recycle old car electronics, wished I'd thought of it when I had to drive cross-country in a Uhaul with only an am/fm radio.
Posted by RicoSPD 9 years ago
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 Â½ 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.
Posted by suzene 10 years ago
Hey Guys, I recently bough a house in the sunny sanfernando valley and I am remodeling. but i would like to re-purpose the old building materials. I am a good idea man but i lack the time to make some of the things I would like to try. I thought that with some wood scraps and my old mirrored medicine cabinets i could make some sweet end tables for my den. any suggestions? Maybe someone in the LA area would like to collaborate I provide the materials and we could make some great things. Also on a completely separate note i would like to convert a drill press into a shave ice machine.... any thoughts ? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Posted by spoody 9 years ago
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
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago
I love to do what I can to help the environment, and I love helping others reduce their impact. I found an A to Z guide to recycling on the Real Simple website.Recycling made easyFrom aerosol cans to zippered plastic bags. I definitely recommend you read this.Aerosol cans. These can usually be recycled with other cans, as long as you pull off the plastic cap and empty the canister completely. .........Zippered plastic bags. Venues that recycle plastic bags will also accept these items, as long as they are clean, dry, and the zip part has been snipped off (it is a different type of plastic). photo from Realsimple.com
Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago
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?
Posted by comodore 9 years ago
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?
Posted by patbagniewski 10 years ago
Innocentive is giving away a $10,000 prize to the entity who can show how to best recycle cathode ray tube glass. See details: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933317/?utm_source=mktg&utm;_medium=cb&utm;_campaign=9933317
Posted by flyingpuppy 5 years ago
Here's a neat animation of water bottle recycling rates....bottled water (in all its flavors) has become one of the most consumed, yet least recycled beverages. For example, it is estimated that in 2005 alone approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles were purchased, with only about 12% recycled (in part due to out-dated deposit laws). The remaining 25 billion bottles were either landfilled, littered or incinerated. Obviously that's a lot of bottles, but statistics involving "billions of bottles per year" can be difficult to put into perspective.
Posted by canida 10 years ago
Flickr user debbyaremdesigns has been building clocks, decorative items, jewelry and functional objects using recycled circuit boards and electronic parts. My favorite is here and shown below by popular demand (with other examples of her work):http://flickr.com/photos/debbyaremdesigns/2131590364/I love the marbleized effect on the CD -- how did she do it?Where can one get recycled circuit boards?
Posted by tinkernaut 9 years ago
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.
Posted by dolabil66 10 years ago
Ever wonder where your recycled electronics go? From Wired:"Pictured here is the "demanufacturing" center of the company's [Sims Recycling Solutions] Roseville, California facility, where workers disassemble everything from printers, cameras and computers to Jumbotrons for their reusable materials. The facility receives roughly 150,000 pounds of used electronics a day."Wired Article.How to recycle old electronics.
Posted by drinkmorecoffee 9 years ago
Here is an article and a video about a couple that wishes to sail their boat made of plastic bottles, from San Francisco to Australia. David de Rothschild is preparing to sail from San Francisco to Australia in a raft made of 12,000 recycled bottles. Among other things, he is hoping to convince the world to take better care of its waste.The Link and video are here
Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago
Here soon, I will be out of the military. With that being said, I have no furniture (army supplies everything for us in the barracks). I am looking to build some, if not all of the furniture I will need out of recyclable materials. Now, what I would like is some is some ideas from you all from instructables on what I should build to furnish my new place. I am also low on funds, so please nothing expensive, mostly stuff I can find anywhere. Thanks!
Posted by kodiackjack 6 years ago
What does a municipality do with old traffic lights? Why, they can make them into dinner plates! Recycled Glassworks makes plates from old traffic light covers from retired lights, often the ones replaced with the newfangled LED kind. Oddly, the green lights end up as blue plates... dunno if this is an artifact of the plate-making process or if the light behind is very yellow, necessitating a blue "green" light.But while that's probably their most dramatic product, there's another. Most glass recycling is limited to bottles and jars. The only thing to do with broken windows, or broken glass tabletops, or other glass of this kind, has been to throw it away. Recycled Glassworks accepts this kind of glass in addition to the traffic light kind. They cut it to size and kiln-bake it in a mold (a process called slumping) to produce extremely attractive bowls and plates.Way to go, Recycled Glassworks!
Posted by rachel 10 years ago
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?
Posted by OpenTheBox 8 years ago
I was laying in bed a few minutes ago thinking about my idea to change the world, as i do every night before bed. I thought why can't or hasn't anyone made a electricity recycling generator? like why can't you take say..... a car alternator and make it produce enough electricity to run a small motor to spin the alternator as well as have enough energy left over to power devices? and then why couldn't this theory be applied to large scale generators? or why couldn't you electricly power a vehicle and somehow turn the wheels into basically 4 big alternators that generate power for the vehicle? going back to the alternator idea, is there no way to make an alternator type generator to use say 25 - 50% of its generated power to power itself and the other 50% to power devices? please point out the flaws its hurting my brain
Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago
[Location: Buea, Cameroon | Central Africa] I buy a local fruit juice that is sold in glass bottles about 6 inches high and that can hold about 310ml of liquid. Funnily enough, the company that fabricates these drinks does nothing to recollect used bottles and neither is there some company set up here for recycling of glass or anything like that. Business-wise, this tells me a lot I could benefit from. However I am now in possession of about 100 of these bottles and I have no clue what to do with them. Any suggestions? -Cheers Attached: Image of Bottle
Posted by Code Six 7 years ago
My well-meaning parents bought me a half-size acoustic guitar as I was adding to my collection. Bad news is, it's useless. It not only has no adjustable truss rod but, as far as I can tell, no neck reinforcement whatsoever, so it's slowly turning itself into a slide guitar. The intonation is so far out that, despite all the useful guides, I despair of bringing it anywhere near something playable, even if I knew what key it was intended to be tuned to (it feels close at a G or an A, but it's still so far out it's crazy). Even if I could fix all of the above, the keys are so loose that three seconds of playing loosens the string anyway. Help! What can I use an unplayable guitar for? :D Should I strip it for parts? Should I turn that lovely sound box into a drum? Turn it into a table? I need inspiration! I'm the kinda gal whose favourite guitar was rescued from a sidewalk, so I don't want it to die; but despite its shape, it's not a guitar. :(
Posted by fireflyfae 7 years ago
As my depression era ancestors would say, those plastic containers that coffee comes in are "just too good to throw away." Other than the obvious uses as a bailing bucket or a scoop, does anybody have a really inventive application? Maybe this could be an "ible" contest.
Posted by axiesdad 9 years ago
Was working on a water heater using an old water geyser when i realised there is around 5 kg of glass-wool used as insulation. I do not wish to discard it and cause problems to others. but am neither interested in making epoxy based fibre glass products. ideas anyone??
Posted by chakra 4 years ago
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.)
Posted by rachel 9 years ago
At the Maryland state fairgrounds. This is a great place to pick up used electronics and parts of all sorts. We use to have parking lot pc contents (Who can build the fastest pc for 50bucks). Great dealers of all sorts of stuff 10 bucks to get in. We should have an instructables meet uphttp://www.gbhc.org/The Baltimore Amateur Radio Club, sponsor of The GBH&C; targets Amateur Radio and electronics enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. In the heart of the Mid-Atlantic Region and adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, we attract civilian, government, and marine attendees from Maine to Florida.
Posted by teknocrat 10 years ago
Hey guys, I am in a creative slump with some great supplies and no ideas. My wife runs a fabric coop and as a result we have a bunch of large cardboard tubes, roughly 8in in diameter, about 5 1/2 ft long. We also have a very energetic 15month old who climbs and plays with everything. I'm trying to think of something I can build him out of these rather than let them go to waste. I thought maybe a little log cabin,but it seems a bit too much. A Ball pit sounds good but it might be too hard edged. Any ideas?
Posted by itskeiser 5 years ago
Hey everyone, I can't take it anymore! At my workplace, I work in the shipping/receiving department...all kinds of new and strange packing materials come in. We generally are able to re-use things like the bubblewrap and boxes, but there are some things I just don't know what do do with, and I feel horrible throwing them away..Maybe you guys can help? We get ALOT of foam, all shapes, sizes, and textures, and I have no idea how to reuse it...then we also have these long rectangular tubes that hold electronic chips in them, however when they get to us, we take them out and put them in bags, so we no longer need the thin tubing, do you guys have any ideas? I've attatched photos. Thanks! Lita L.
Posted by luna522 9 years ago
The chain link fence around our Bike Polo arena needs a 1' high runner at ground level. You can't bounce a Polo ball off a fence. I've found over two THOUSAND small 12" x 18" x 1" plywood pieces (hardwood, not OSB) . At $0.25 apiece, these are 1/10 the cost per square foot of Home Depot! What is the CHEAPEST way you can think of to permanently join 8 pieces in a row, edge to edge? You have $0.50 per join. You must be able to lift the assembly and smile, confident and proud of its rigidity. Already thought of: Gluing (biscuit, tongue and grove, etc): Lots of work, might work with the right process. Sandwiched between sheets (HDPE, HIPS, PC, etc): Expensive, >$1 per ft^2 Webbing, Jacob's Ladder style: Webbing ain't cheap
Posted by Marathon 4 years ago
This October we are hosting a creative re-use build night. DETAILS: There is no formal sponsor for this build night, thus we won't be shipping out any materials. The goal is to use materials such as e-waste, trash, and found objects to create amazing projects during a build night at your makerspace. PRIZES: Submit Instructables from your creative re-use build night and enter to win a prize. We will have a panel of judges from the Instructables staff vote on the projects submitted and the winning makerspace will win 10 Instructables t-shirts and 30 Instructables patches for your makerspace. All projects must be submitted between October 1 - November 10. SIGN UP: Sign up to participate here. Signing up doesn't put you on the hook to submit Instructables. This is just so I have a general mailing list to send updates. It will also help us when picking the winners so we know you are a formal makerspace, hackerspace, school, fabrication lab, or student group. JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. This build night was inspired by former Artist-In-Residence, long time author, and my good friend M.C. Langer (featured author interview). Check out his projects for some inspiration!
Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago
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
Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago
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
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago