Category Archives: recycle

ReMake It! kit turns wine corks into trivet

Tiffany Threadgould’s “RePlayGround” sells three fun “ReMake It!” kits that let you turn trash into stuff you can use: there’s a Magazine Stationary kit that gives you stickers and templates to turn glossy mags into envelopes and postcards ($5); a … Continue reading

Spent Tesla Roadster Batteries Still Have Some Life Left in Them

What happens to the Tesla electric car’s rather sizable lithium-ion battery pack? Treehugger reports that they are first handed off to reused in areas where a less-than-perfect pack can still be useful, like “off-grid backup or load leveling.” And if … Continue reading

LINC: Concept Phone Accounts for Our Inevitable Antipathy

The “LINC” is a mobile phone concept has one particularly novel idea at heart: the device is built with a one-year lifecycle in mind, designed to be easily recycled every year as upgraded versions become available. This mythical device would … Continue reading

Tip: Check for Recalls on Broken Gear

Here’s a smart reminder from Wisebread: If your gadget is broken, check for a recall before recycling it. At any rate, he was right. I Googled the maker (Toshiba) and the model number (SD-3980SU2), and immediately came up with an … Continue reading

Pulp Pitchers from Waste Paper

Dutch designer Jo Meesters has made this collection of vases and water pitchers made from cast-off waste paper mixed with epoxy and polyurethane. That might affect the ability for these to be recycled again, but I’m actually less interested in … Continue reading

BuyMyTronics.com, Another Repair/Recycling Joint

The New York Times blogger Brad Stone profiles “BuyMyTronics.com,” a nice little recycling and repair shop that specializes in iPods, iPhones, and game consoles. Mr. Mosley pays anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the … Continue reading

ReMade: Recycling for Retail

Core77 points out a great program coming out of Western Washington University called “ReMade,” which put industrial design students up to discovering ways to turn industrial and commercial trash into a salable, retail products. The sushi roller from bike spokes … Continue reading

Costco Electronics Recycling and Trade-In Program

Costco has partnered with GreenSight to offer an easy trade-in program for gadgets and other electronics. Use the web-based calculator to determine the value of your product, send in the item (with free shipping for the moment), and once received … Continue reading

How to Recycle or Resell Your Gadgets

Earth2Tech has a great post about ethical ways to recycle your gadgetry. Bookmark this one! SecondRotation, a site that will sell your old electronics on eBay (EBAY), said this week that they will be accepting older, “worthless” gadgets to recycle … Continue reading

Ecologic Designs: Making Gear Out of Trash

My first pessimistic thought upon seeing the products from “Ecologic Designs,” who crafts sports gear (partially) from reclaimed materials like tire inner tubes: How would one recycle the Ecologic products? But whatever! Making things out of a older things is … Continue reading