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— Environment

Microwaves enable economical recycling of plastic-aluminum laminates

By - December 29, 2014 2 Pictures
You may not know what they're called, but odds are you've eaten or drunk something from them. I'm referring to plastic-aluminum laminate (PAL) packaging, which has long been used for toothpaste tubes and in recent years has gained popularity in food, drink and pet food packaging. Although it threatens to approach the ubiquity of the aluminum can or plastic bottle, PAL packaging lacks the familiar recyclable logo found on cans and bottles. But that could be set to change, with a process to recover the metals contained in PAL packaging, developed some 15 years ago by researchers at the University of Cambridge, now being demonstrated in a full commercial-scale plant. Read More
— Environment

A smarter greener deodorant stick? Hmmm...

By - December 2, 2014 20 Pictures
A new Kickstarter campaign aims to make the deodorant stick more environmentally friendly by cutting back on plastic packaging. By replacing the disposable stick with a reusable dispenser, ClickStick's designers claim plastic waste is cut by as much as 90 percent. That's a sound idea, but one that risks undoing its good work by overcomplicating a simple product. Read More
— Around The Home

SYNEK promises more sipping variety with its beer-in-a-box mini-tap system

By - July 2, 2014 7 Pictures
Small tap systems like the Heineken/Krups Sub and Philips PerfectDraft serve as small, simple alternatives to larger keg refrigerator systems. The problem with these mini-keg systems is that there are precious few compatible beers to put on tap. The SYNEK offers what it hopes will be a far more versatile mini-tap, going so far as to say that it can fill your mug with any beer on Earth. Read More
— Environment

Germany's first waste-free supermarket about to open its doors

By - June 3, 2014 4 Pictures
When it comes to sustainability, you might know Germany best for its renewable energy ambitions and efforts to reduce carbon pollution. While these initiatives have been largely driven by government and researchers, a team of budding entrepreneurs is looking to get in on the action, too. Aiming to open this (northern summer), Original Unverpackt will be Germany's first package-free supermarket. Read More
— Military

Three-year pizza to join US Army MRE delicacies

By - February 24, 2014 4 Pictures
Pizza with a three-year shelf life will soon be joining the US Army's field rations menu. These infamous MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) have a long and checkered history, acquiring such sobriquets over the years as "Meals Rejected by Everyone" and "Materials Resembling Edibles." Pizza has long topped the list of requested meals, but the task of providing a palatable slice of this complex food that will survive the required three-year shelf life has foiled all attempts. Now, the folks at Natick's Combat Feeding Directorate have achieved a minor miracle in food technology: stopping time for a slice of pizza. Read More

New wrapping paper can be used to grow vegetables

As the holiday season gets into full swing, one inevitable byproduct of the widespread cheer will be masses of waste wrapping paper. One interesting idea to reduce this comes via Eden's Paper, which is billed as a "100 percent plantable wrapping paper," and can be used to grow vegetables by simply placing the paper into some soil, adding water, and waiting for nature to do its thing. Read More
— Good Thinking

Twist-off cork shifts the wine paradigm

By - June 18, 2013 8 Pictures
What could be nicer than a picnic in a pleasant country field, a rotisserie chicken, a loaf of oven-hot bread and a nice bottle of wine? That is, provided you don't forget the corkscrew. This week, Amorim, the world’s largest manufacturer of cork stoppers, and O-I, the world's largest glass container manufacturer, made this nightmare scenario a little less likely by unveiling their Helix cork and bottle that are designed so that the cork can be removed with a simple twist of the wrist. Read More
— Good Thinking

Prototype product dispenser is designed to squeeze every last drop out

By - October 18, 2012 3 Pictures
Does it bother you that you can’t get all of the liquid out of the bottom of a hand-pump-equipped container? Well, the folks at Pack Flow Concepts think that it should. According to them, such containers don’t dispense up to 15 percent of the ketchup, shampoo, soap or other liquid stored inside of them. That’s why Pack Flow is developing the Zero Waste Twist Dispenser. Read More

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