Going Green Blog

Happy City Birds project

Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, is the mastermind behind the ‘Happy City Birds’ project. Dambo has created hundreds of colorful birdhouses he distributes across four cities in Denmark, including Copenhagen, for free. The coolest part of the project is that the birdhouses are upcycled from trash. Why birdhouses? Dambo told My Modern Met, “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow."
Freshkills Park, NYC. Manhattan is visible in the distance

Freshkills Park, NYC. Manhattan is visible in the distance. Source: Jimmy Stamp
Right smack dab in the heart of New York City, you’d never expect to find a sprawling 2,200 acre park featuring rolling hills, baseball diamonds, kayaking streams and playgrounds. Even more surprising is the fact Freshkills Park was once the world’s biggest landfill, processing as much as 29,000 tons of garbage per day during its peak operation in 1986-1987.
Dumpster rental cartoon - funny

The process of renting a dumpster is an easy process, but if you’ve never done it before you may find yourself lost when the time arises. There are many different scenarios where a dumpster rental comes in handy, such as a spring cleaning project, moving, remodeling, inherited a messy house that needs a cleanout and so on… We decided to put together an easy to follow guide you can reference the next time you find yourself overloaded with junk, such as the situations above. Let’s get started. Step 1: Assess the Project Prepare in advance by planning it all out – make a checklist if you’re good at forgetting things. Start at least a week ahead of the actual cleanout.
Levi jeans made from recycled trash

Source: Levi Strauss
Levi’s 2013 denim collection will be a bit different than previous collections—not necessarily in the look of the popular jeans, but you’ll notice a major change in the materials used to make them. The company’s new Waste-Less product will feature jeans made from recycled plastic bottles.
Bond certificates found in the trash

Junk haulers stumble upon all kinds of interesting stuff when cleaning out homes. We’ve heard stories over the years of junk haulers stumbling upon diamond rings, historical artifacts and cash accidentally tossed in the trash. The latest find was by a Massachusetts-based junk removal service, which came across an envelope filled with $1,000 bond certificates…and lots of ‘em.
Joulebug mobile app

Image from JouleBug.com A brand new mobile app lets you compete against friends and family members to see who’s living a “greener” lifestyle. JouleBug is its name, and its goal is to get you thinking about how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The makers of the app claim it can help users save about $200 a year by living greener – not bad for a free app!
Agustin builds a helicopter out of trash

Screenshot from "Everything is Incredible" Agustin is just a humble shoemaker from Honduras with a dream. His dream is to build and fly a helicopter made from scrap bicycle parts, rebar, 2 x 4’s, and other discarded trash. His story is even more inspiring, considering he lives in extreme poverty, suffers from polio, and has been working on the helicopter since 1958.

Image source: Newsline Scotland, via: Huffington Post In today's weird and flat-out bizarre news...a man in Aberdeen, Scotland spent a portion of his evening with his noggin stuck in a public garbage bin. He claims he was doing a little dumpster diving in search of his lost flat-cap, although a witness at scene stated he was in pursuit of a half-smoked cigarette butt a passerby had tossed in the bin...bad move either way!
San Jose California

Image via Wikimedia Commons; user: XAtsukex The City of San Jose, CA recently announced a partnership with Anaergia Services to construct a renewable energy facility at its wastewater treatment plant. The plant will extract biogas from sludge and convert it to heat and electricity.
Microbial sustainable kitchen design by Philips

The Microbial Kitchen by Philips Philips is at the cutting edge of futuristic and sustainable design for the home. Its Microbial Home system, winner of the 2011 red dot luminary design award, uses common household waste in ways you may have never thought possible. The Philips Microbial Home system is sort of an in-home ecosystem where, as Philips puts it, “each function’s output is another’s input.” In other words, waste gets reused or recycled instead of tossing it in the trash bin.
Masdar City sustainable design

An artist's rendering of Masdar City   Smack dab in the middle of the desert is the location of one of the world’s greenest cities. Masdar City is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The city is actually still in the early stages of being developed, but several buildings are fully operational, including the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Products made from bioplastic

Images via Wikimedia Commons
Greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide, are emissions released at landfills and wastewater treatment plants (you can read more about greenhouse gases here). A company called Newlight Technologies, LLC is taking potentially harmful greenhouse gases and using them for good – producing bioplastics from methane and CO2.
Dallas zero-waste initiative

Dallas, Texas is one of the biggest producers of garbage in the country, carting approximately 2.2 million tons of waste to landfills each year. City officials recently announced a “zero-waste plan” to try and recycle or reuse virtually all of the city’s municipal waste.
E-waste recycling from the USPS and MaxBack

The United States Postal Service (USPS) just announced a new partnership with MaxBack that will make it easier than ever for consumers to get rid of old electronic devices in an eco-friendly way. Not only is the USPS offering to ship the e-waste free of charge, but MaxBack will pay you for sending them your working or non-working electronic devices. The USPS is expanding upon a recycling program currently in place at 3,100 retailers across the country that will now allow consumers to make money for offloading old electronics. The USPS is working with MaxBack, an electronics recycling company focused on reducing e-waste in landfills.
Wilmington, Delaware skyline

The Wilmington, Delaware skyline. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A new $35 million waste-to-energy facility will process wastewater and landfill gases to produce energy. It will be the first facility in the U.S. that captures two sources of biogas and converts it to both electricity and heat. It could be the model of other similar plants across the country.

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