Tagged: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

VIDEO: The Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics explores the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

VIDEO: What Is E-Waste?

It can be an uncomfortable topic: eWaste. If you’re reading this you’re on an electronic device (unless you printed this out or something) but the term “eWaste” asks the question “What happens to my electronics when I get rid of them?” Your electronic waste is called eWaste and unless it’s properly recycled, and many times it isn’t, the harmful chemicals inside that make your smartphones and laptops run can leak out into the groundwater in landfills or harm those in other countries separating the parts for reprocessing.

While I won’t call it an answer to eWaste because you can always reduce, eCycling at least recycles the components of our electronic waste for reuse instead of dumping it in a landfill. Responsible eCycling on your part requires you to know where your recycled electronics are going and if your electronics recycler is responsible or not. Where can you eCycle your electronics? Check out the links on the EPA website epa.gov/epawaste or our post Amazon Lets You Trade-In Old Electronics For New Ones
eCycling is easier than you think.

If you’ve never heard of eWaste watch the video above from the good folks at GOOD.

PHOTOS: The House Made of Hemp

Thehousemadeofhemp

Hemp is the soft, durable fiber cultivated from the Cannabis plant and is used to refer to marijuana with a low, non-psychoactive level of THC, the main chemical in marijuana. Hemp has been used for hundreds of years with an estimated 50,000 products being derived from it. Here, hemp is used in the form of Hemcrete- a mixture of industrial hemp, lime and water- to construct a home located in Asheville, North Carolina. More pics below. Continue reading

Going Green For Graduation

GreenWeaver green graduation gowns
Photo Credit: All photos courtesy of Oak Hall Cap and Gown

The class of 2011 is going green in a very different and unexpected way.

Graduating seniors are turning to eco-friendly apparel for their walk across the stage. At least four academic apparel companies are trading polyester and other synthetic fibers for fibers made from sustainably-harvested forests and recycled plastics. Continue reading