More devices from recycled electronic parts???

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


Fantastic clock (and other items) made from recycled circuit boards **UPDATED with photos**

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


Amazing Homes out of Repurposed Materials

"I think mobile homes are a blight on the planet... Attractive, affordable housing is possible and I'm out to prove it." - Dan PhillipsA man in Texas has started a program to build low-income housing out of trash and other found and donated materials. I know you are probably thinking to yourself "oh great, another beer can house," but these homes are actually quite artfully done. He is on a crusade to prove to the world that you can build stylish housing out of discarded materials. Completely self-taught and working with a limited crew, he makes highly-crafted and sturdy houses. He also requires that the eventual owner helps in the construction of the house so that they have a larger stake in its future.Check out the full New York Times article and don't miss the slideshow.

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


DIY Church, 99% Recycled

I just saw this video on the BBC News site: A man in Spain has spent almost 50 years building a church entirely from scrap, after he was expelled from a monastery after he contracted tuberculosis. Justo Gallego, 85, says the construction in Mejorada del Campo is an "act of faith" but others warn it's a huge folly - and say that the building, which has never had planning permission, could be pulled down. It is an incredible undertaking.  This chap has had a bit of help - mainly from art students, by the sound of things - but most of the work is his alone, and he has taken some clever short-cuts. Who would have thought of building columns by casting concrete in stacked oil drums?  Or of covering a roof by splitting open the drums you carried the materials up in? (Images are screen-grabs from BBC video)

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Need recycled idea

I need an idea for a project that could be done in a short amount of time (like a week) that uses recycled materials, but is still kinda cool.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


where to find/recycle supercapacitors?

Been wondering just in what and where do they use super caps? i recycle any an all where i can and thought sum ofs ya could give me a clue as to where would a good source?i have coffee cans full of reg caps taken outta pcs an such but as far as i can tell i've never happened upon any super caps in anything yet.any info would help! thank you.

Posted by ripit 6 years ago


Suggestions for simple recycled electronics project?

Hi folks, So I'm putting together a workshop for primary schools kids on making things with recycled electronics. I'm trying to think of a circuit which each child could reliably get the pieces to make (I have a big pool of bits, and we'll be asking them to bring in stuff) - so the bits I reckon we'll get a lot of are resistors, capacitors, switches, little motors and LEDs. Can anyone think of something simple you could make out of those that might be fun to have at the end - some kind of simple moving bot or some such? I've done some of this kind of stuff myself, but my electronics knowledge isn't hot enough to figure something out by myself... Thanks! Brian

Posted by towelinmonk 7 years ago


Paint recycle centers

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


way to recycle plastic bags

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

Posted by Kane Measham-Pywell 1 year ago


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 ?

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago


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!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago


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

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


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

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


A Good Electronic Project For a Beginner.

May I ask for something which is good and nice to create for a beginner like me. I don't really have an idea what to  make. I just hope you'll help me.

Posted by imatrianidar 3 years ago


Recycle Heaven

I would like to propose a new Contest category, if it doesn't already exist. I would love to see a contest where EVERY LAST PART of your project must be made from used recycled old junk. Anything can qualify, just as long as it came out of something that was previously used and must be at least 10 years old. Items could be grouped into sub-categories, electronics, papercrafts, automobiles, etc, etc. Maybe such a contest already exists, but it would be nice to see people using a little more of the old stuff. I'm seeing projects from 3D printers and arduino powered robots, and that is super cool, and I want to try those projects, but that kind of thing caters to only the techno-geek with half a life time of tools and knowledge. Most of the people who come to this site aren't that tech savy, and likely don't have a Raspberry Pi, or other Arduino mini-comp to program those super-cool projects. Lets Dumb it down a bit for the rest of us. I'd like to see more posts that can be done without having to go out for anything, unless it's to go to the tool shed or Garage for that old blender you were meaning to fix 20 years ago! This site rocks! I come here every day, and it inspires me even though I don`t have some of the knowledge. But if a project posted on here costs more than a retail version of it does, then I think the point of this site has been missed entirely. 

Posted by OculumForamen 3 years ago


Building a camera from recycled material

Not sure if this goes to the right section, if not, Im terribly sorry and tell me why I'm wrong so it doesn't happen another time. For a project I'm going to build a camera capable of taking picture (no duh) build with old materials. For my documentation process I was looking for anything that anyone already did, to inspire me and learn more about the building process. I found a lot of guides about pinhole camera and I wish to know if the process is the same if Im going to use a len. Naturally I would say yes and I would make the hole as big as the diameter of my len, or less and maybe I was wrong thinking that. The photography paper Im going to use is 10x13 centimeters and I would adjust the distance of the paper from the len. Also, I would like to know if covering part of the len (let say it's  5 diameter and 4 diameter is covered) is going to do anything to the outcome. The size of the len was never discussed in my lesson. Thank you.

Posted by sxdemon 8 years ago


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)?

Posted by pwadams 7 years ago


Abstract Tree Prop out of recycled materials

Hi, I am looking for a way to create a life size tree or abstract looking tree preferably out of recycled materials. Any suggestions?

Posted by pwadams 7 years ago


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.

Posted by ADRIANT28 1 year ago


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.

Posted by Daniel Domingos 5 years ago


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

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Recycling from A to Z

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 9 years ago


recycled soda tab earings

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

Posted by pianolover10124353 5 years ago


Cargo rack for bikes

Making a cargo rack for bikes out of recycled materials.

Posted by wewexteriors 9 years ago


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?

Posted by patbagniewski 10 years ago


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?

Posted by comodore 9 years ago


$10,000 prize for Cathode Ray tube recycling

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


recycle/reuse/repurpose

I am looking for projects that are kid friendly (7/8 y.o.) for making things out of existing items - projects that are fun to make while teaching kids how to reuse/recycle/repurpose.  Thanks!!!

Posted by BGR8FUL 6 years ago


Animating Water Bottle Recycling Rates

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


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.

Posted by casecortes 2 years ago


Repair is the new recycling

I came across this and reallised that I 'totally agree with it!What do you think about this concept, idea?For more info visit Platform 21Thanks! Comodore

Posted by comodore 9 years ago


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.

Posted by dolabil66 10 years ago


Gadget Graveyard

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


Speaking of a boat made from recycled bottles.....

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


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

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


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

Posted by elizahleigh 8 years ago


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?

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago


Wanted old & broken computers for recycle

Hi All, I am into recycling all parts of computers and peripherals and making them into fashion jewelry. I need donations for old CPU's etc, Please contact me at 07807556184 I live in Aberdeen, Scotland. Can pick-up if nearby. Thank you, Antonio

Posted by toniski 7 years ago


Ideas to recycle/upcycle ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan/light in good shape (had to be removed to accommodate a loft bed) and would like to recycle its parts. A search turned up little (wall art and an umbrella stand, not much more). Any ideas?

Posted by badrescher 6 years ago


Beautiful Reuse

Here are 20 brilliant examples of recycling items and giving them a funky new purpose in life. WebUrbanist has compiled the list and you should check it out right now. 20 Eye-Catching Pieces of Recycled Urban Furniture: Geeky and Green Adaptive Reuse Design Projectsvia Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


extracting batteries from recycler

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


Recycling People

I'm a gramdmother. I : cook, can home grown garden produce, recycle materials, sew, knit, garden, raise poultry, grammy doctor, quilt, chop stove wood,t an skins, shingle, work mortar, etc.etc.etc.................I have done pretty much anything and on top of that, raised healthy kids and grand kids. So how come I'm considered expendable? why aren't I treated as a valuable resource? Grand parents are amazing! We're here to keep the World turning..........Ask..........I will illuminate!

Posted by oddvark 9 years ago


Recycling Industrial Air Intake Filters

I have access to some used air inlet filter cartridges soon to be disposed from a gas turbine power plant that I work at. When in use, they prevent dust and debris from atmospheric air from passing through to the turbine....I am thinking of cleaning them using instrument air, and recycling them as furniture parts of for bookshelves and other upholstery furniture’s...does anyone know if they are safe to use for the inner frame of a couch for example?

Posted by 9jabuilt 7 years ago


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

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Plastic recycled 3D printer

Planning to design a 3D printer that takes plastic bottles as input, I mean long narrow pieces of plastic bottles are fed as the printing filament. What will the difficulties in realizing such a design?

Posted by SHAMSUDHEEN MARAKKAR 8 hours ago


Grinding PET Plastics

Hello, I have recently been working on shredding PET plastics (#1 recycling symbol), to recycle the plastics into 3D printer filament. I have been struggling with finding a reliable and inexpensive method for grinding or shredding the plastics. The granules also need to be fairly small. Please share any thoughts you have! Thanks!

Posted by DylanD581 2 years ago


ABS Recycler for 3-D Printer Filament

Many inexpensive 3-D Printers use ABS filament as feedstock. This filament is not cheap and being a plastic, it is a substance that demands recycling efforts. Imagine a small 3-D printer that you use to produce useful household items with. Here is an example Instructable illustrating what I am talking about. Now imagine that you no longer need an item that you have made. You toss it into the hopper of the machine that I have in mind and it is ground into small pieces. These pieces are then melted with acetone and extruded anew into ABS filament for your 3-D printer! It may be possible to recover the acetone during the extrusion process since the acetone evaporates to restore the ABS.

Posted by Exocetid 6 years ago


CFL Recycling at Home Depot

CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) are becoming increasingly popular: right from the article linked to below, "compact fluorescents use up to 75 percent less energy, last longer and cost less over time than incandescent bulbs." Plus, they come in a fun, curly-q shape.However, they contain trace amounts of mercury, which makes recycling of them difficult--until now. Home Depot (which, to my surprise, is the second-largest retail company in the United States behind Wal-Mart) is offering comprehensive recycling for CFLs: any brand, at any of the nearly 2,000 Home Depot locations. Read the article from the New York Times here

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Model Railway Exhib - Conservatory of Flowers - Mini SF Landmarks made of Recycled Materials

There is going to be a Model Railway Exhibition at the Conservatory of Flower in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They turned one of the wings into the largest fantasy Model Railroad layout. Landmarks of San Francisco have been built out of Recycled/Repurposed Materials and placed around the layout. It looks really cool.The Conservatory of Flowers is Recycled Acetate File Folder Tabs, Corrugated Plastic and Chess Pieces for Finials. The Chinatown Gate is out of Mah Jongg Tiles and Dice, Portals of the Past is from Cassette Tapes, the TransAmerica Pyramid had 6000 Computer keys, and Coit Tower has Rulers and Yardsticks. There are more buildings also.November 20, 2008 - April 19, 2009Golden Gate Express ExhibitionThere is a video at the link and you can read a news story about it.Model Railway-Conservatory of FlowersPhotosSan Francisco Chronicle

Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago


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.

Posted by jarris 6 years ago