July 11, 2014
The saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is more relevant now than ever as people and businesses are aiming to cut costs and conserve the planet. Here is what’s happening in the news with recycling over the last week.
With Americans generating more than 33 million tons of plastic waste each year, a 3D printer now puts some of that waste to work. According to Inside 3DP, the Ekocycle 3D printer only prints filaments made from recycled plastic and each cartridge prints the equivalent of three plastic bottles. To learn more, watch this video.
A new business called Boomerang Recycling in Ballyvalone, Ireland is recycling materials in old mattresses, according to the Irish Examiner. The business gets the mattresses from retail outlets and breaks them down. For example, the wood from the mattress bases will be reused and chopped into kindling and then sold. It also hopes to use the other parts of the mattress for projects such as automobile insulation and padded envelopes. So far, the business is getting lots of support from retailers and environmental programs.
Students at the Petworth Primary School in the United Kingdom are using recycled materials to make clothing, according to The Midhurst and Petworth Observer. The students are preparing for an eco-fashion art project and are being tested to use unwanted recycled materials to make accessories and clothing. Their teacher, Sally Evans, said she is encouraging her students to think unconventionally and that, “The idea is for children to explore why recycling is important and what aspects of the world they would like to save – flowers, water, animals, and so on.” It’s fascinating to see young students learning the basics of recycling for necessities
Photo credits: Ekocycle; Flickr/ Eric; Mary Anne Enriquez