Going Green Blog

NYC single-stream optical recycling machine

Make recycling easier and people will actually do it. Read on to see what I’m yapping about. A first-of-its-kind optical sorting system is one of the most efficient recycling machines in the nation. Action Environmental Group of the Bronx, New York borrowed recycling innovation ideas from all over the world – Canada, Europe and Germany – to build one of the most technologically advanced recycling machines in the U.S.
Beanbag chair filling

Remember those old beanbag chairs you could just plop down on in front of the TV and watch a movie or play video games with your friends? Some of you may actually still have a few of these lying around the basement! Our parents had enough of them after the first “beanbag blowout” when weeks of cannonballs onto these things finally took its toll and caused a polystyrene blizzard in the basement.
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Launches Recycling at Work initiative

The current recycling rate in the U.S. is hovering around 35% and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) – a nonprofit aimed at promoting sustainability nationwide – is looking to change that. Specifically, KAB is promoting its new Recycling at Work initiative where businesses pledge to increase workplace recycling rates by at least 10%. It’s a modest goal with a major upside.
Artist Muharrem Batman creates sculptures constructed from trash and junk

What to do with all that e-waste? It's a bigger issue than you may think. The EPA stated 2.37 million tons of e-waste was disposed of in 2009, and this figure has no doubt grown in subsequent years. One artist has a creative solution to repurpose old computers, mobile devices, and other hardware. Muharrem Batman is transforming e-waste into creepy, yet eccentrically beautiful, head busts.
recycled trash at Nike Concept Store

What’s a $10 billion Fortune 500 company doing digging in the dumpster? Gathering building materials to construct its one-of-a-kind showroom made from discarded and recycled debris, of course. The eco-friendly design was actually dreamed up and built in the summer of 2013 by Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development Ltd. based in Taiwan, which partnered with Nike, based in Portland, OR, to create the so-called NIKE X158 Hyper Nature concept store.
Cities going gree - Dallas, TX

The city of Dallas, TX was near the bottom of the list in terms of pollution, air quality and recycling rates just a decade ago but within the past few years has made a major turnaround. It adopted the forwardDallas sustainability plan back in 2006 and since has made major improvements in the city's greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, green building practices and overall carbon footprint.
Cities going green - Charlotte, NC

Sure, it hasn't always been synonymous with "sustainability" or "green", but things are starting to change for the 17th biggest city in the United States.
Indianapolis is going green

The state of Indiana hasn't had the best of reputations when it comes to maintaining an eco-friendly profile. In fact, a 2007 report published by Forbes ranked Indiana second to last -- 49th out of 50 -- in terms of overall air/water quality, waste management, green policy, energy efficiency and other factors. As the state capital and second largest city in the Midwest, Indianapolis has taken the bull by the horns in trying to turn things around.
One Bin For All in Houston, TX

UPDATE (8/22/17): The One Bin initiative in Houston is now a defunct program, and the city is currently facing a lawsuit from EcoHub for issues relating to the original bidding process in obtaining the recycling contract, according to The Texas Monitor. More details to this story here. Below, read about the original plan to implement One Bin For All in the City of Houston. Recycling rates are pretty poor on average in the U.S. -- about 30% nationwide. The recycling rate in Houston, TX is less than half the national average!
Houston, TX becoming one of America's greenest cities

In part 1 of our ongoing infographic series called "America's Greenest Cities", we take a look at why Houston, TX is becoming one of the most eco-friendly cities in the United States. Houston is probably best known as being "Space City", as it was home to NASA's Mission Control for the past 30 years up until the space program was halted in 2011. Houston is also the energy capital of the world, which is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to eco-friendliness.
Miller Coors logo with recycle symbol

On the eve of Labor Day weekend, 2013, there’ll no doubt be plenty of backyard BBQs and more than a few cold ones being cracked open over the next few days. So, we got beer on our minds! In the spirit of beer in America and all the hardworking Americans that enjoy sipping some golden suds after a hard day’s work, we got some beer-related news for you. MillerCoors – maker of 71 different flavors like Miller Lite, Coors Light and Blue Moon -- recently announced the biggest brewery in the world is now 100% landfill-free.
Garbage Man Joe - Joe Jarvis

Joe Jarvis isn’t your average 5-year-old. Sure he enjoys playing with Legos and visiting his Grandma’s house on the weekend, but the fact that he has already started his own trash business is a bit extraordinary. ‘Garbage Man Joe’ as he calls himself charges his customers $0.25 to bring their trash container down to the curb every Sunday evening for pick-up the following morning.
Surfing a wave filled with ocean trash

Photo by Zak Noyle It’s a remarkable photo taken by senior photographer at Surfer Magazine, Zak Noyle. While at first glance it seems that a bit of photo manipulation was used to make the image a bit more surreal, but that’s not the case. The trash you see floating alongside the surfer is the real deal. It’s a sad but true depiction of pollution littering our oceans.
Roofing shingle recycling

Recycling shingles into new asphalt pavement mix rather than dumping them in landfills saves the contractor and homeowner money. In some cases, it costs half as much to recycle shingles compared to the tipping fee costs at landfills.
Unsustainable Creatures art exhibit by Cynthia Minet

(7/1013) If you’ve flown into or out of the Los Angeles airport recently, you may have noticed some illuminated life-size sculptures of animals on display while walking through the Tom Bradley Terminal. At first glance the sculptures are unique and cool looking, but look closer and the awesomeness level goes up when you see the sculptures are actually constructed of discarded trash.