Archive for November, 2009

Energy Pavement Lights up the Streets

Friday, November 13th, 2009

As you are walking down city streets, little attention is ever paid to the pavement that you are walking on. Throughout the day, one single piece of pavement can be stepped on upwards to 50,000 times. Now think about if all 50,000 of those steps hitting the pavement could generate energy. This would be able to supply enough energy to be distributed to nearby lights, traffic controls, information displays and much more. This is exactly what Pavegen, a new product from Pavegen Systems Ltd., is capable of doing.

With a small flex of 5mm, the Pavegen is absorbs the kinetic energy from every footstep which creates 2.1 watts of electricity per hour. Every time the rubber Pavegen is stepped on the kinetic energy is absorbed and either stored in polymer lithium batteries or dispersed throughout the city. A whole bus station can stay illuminated the whole night by the energy generated from just five Pavegen slabs in high foot traffic area.


Plastic Bottles: New York Encourages Green Efforts

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Give another win for the green movement as it continues its push for a more environmental friendly culture. New York has joined Connecticut, Oregon, California, Maine, and Hawaii in a plastic bottled water deposit policy. This is a major blow to the bottled water industry that has become one of the green movement’s major adversaries. The law was originally suppose to be passed back in June, 2009 but instead was delayed by a coalition of bottled water companies that deemed the bill unconstitutional. This move push things back until April 2010, until recently in August, a federal state judge ruled that the key elements of the bill could still take place prior to next year.

As of October 31st New York has expanded its deposit laws to now include plastic water bottles. For every plastic bottle of water a five-cent deposit will be included with the purchase, which consumers can then return to the stores for their refund. It works much like the deposit with aluminum cans you see in all of the convenience stores. About 80 percent of unclaimed deposits will go to state funding which could result upwards to $115 million annually.

Nationally on average Americans buy an estimated 28 billions plastic water bottles annually. It is estimated 8 out of every 10 of these plastic water bottles will end up consuming space in a landfill. By placing a monetary value on these bottles there will be an incentive to recycle them for a value rather that throwing them away and sending them to the landfill. This means the plastic bottles scattered through out the city will now have a value and give people an incentive to pick them up.

This will also help the states that have passed this bill by adding dollars to their decreasing revenues. At the same time by expanding the deposit laws this will also bring much needed revenue to individuals. It is easy to ask someone to recycle their plastic bottles, but that doesn’t mean they are going to. With a deposit placed on these bottles individuals will actually lose money if they decide to just trash, which in this day and age losing money isn’t considered a good idea.

It seems as it would only make sense for other states to take a look at the expansion of deposit on plastic water bottles. Although, the plastic bottled water industry continues to be a thorn in the side of the green movement, the expansion of deposit on plastic bottled water is a major win for green movement and their environmental efforts.

Recycling for Charities & Detroit’s Eastern Market

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The smart car and Recycling for Charities made an appearance at Detroit’s Eastern Market on Saturday November 7th, 2009. Recycling for Charities and Eastern Market partnered up to hold an e-waste recycling drive for the public. Set up behind shed 5 of Eastern Market, Recycling for Charities had the smart car on display as the public stop by to donate old cell phones, digital cameras, PDAs, and MP3 players.
RFC at Eastern Market

The electronics were accepted whether they were in working condition or not. For each item donated, Eastern Market will receive a monetary donation to be used towards their organization. Many of these electronics either end up in landfills polluting the environment or are stored around the house somewhere collecting dust.

While at Eastern Market, Recycling for Charities was given the chance to not only receive electronics to be recycled but also the opportunity to interact with the public. The smart car was on display catching the attention of the crowd as they walked by. People then became curious and began coming to the table to find out more about Recycling for Charities.

As the old electronic devices were being collected consumers were being taught exactly why it is important to recycle electronics and the harm of e-waste. Many of them were unaware of the problems caused by e-waste and that they could be a part of the solution. They soon realized that they were not only donating to Eastern Market for a good cause, but also doing the environment a favor by reducing e-waste.
RFC at Eastern Market

Overall, 43 items were collected to be recycled for a monetary value that will go directly back to Eastern Market. Recycling for Charities would like to thank everyone who stopped by to donate and learn more about the organization. Also, we would especially like to thank Eastern Market for their support and hospitality, which allowed this drive to be successful. Hopefully, in the near future Recycling for Charities and Eastern Market can partner up again to put on another e-waste recycling drive.

Poker Tournment Attendee to Benefit Recycling for Charities

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

On an odd environmental note, our founder Dwight Zahringer will be attending a Poker Tournament in Las Vegas next week playing to raise money for Recycling for Charities. Hopefully he will be able to make it to the final table where the winnings could top $4,000. Recycling for Charities will be cheering him on.

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Environmental Theme Park takes Recycling for a Ride

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The world’s first environmental theme park uses music, art, and prizes to get the public thinking green. Global Inheritance, an environmental non-profit organization has inspired a fun and educational eco-out reach. Where could this wonderland exist? Oh, just Hollywood Highland right in the heart of the most popular L.A shopping mall! No matter what your interests are Enviromentaland has got you covered. They’ve proved that green can grow in all areas of our lives whether it’s in our music, movies, games, art, fitness, or education.

What kind of games you ask? One of Enviromentaland’s most popular games called, Recycled Paper Plane Shoot Out was inspired by artist M.I.A’s song, Paper Planes. It gives visitors a chance to answer questions from an environmental test to earn points. Once the quiz is completed the paper becomes the contestant’s paper airplane to hit a huge bull’s-eye. Winners receive festival tickets, Fuel TV skate decks and more.


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