Plastisoil could alleviate stormwater / groundwater contamination

Plastisoil - an innovative product that lets stormwater to flow into the ground

Groundwater contamination from stormwater runoff is an age-old and growing problem, particularly due to widespread pesticide use.

Earlier this year, a researcher at Philadelphia’s Temple Unversity introduced a cement-like material that would lessen the problem of polluted stormwater runoff.

Naji Khoury,Ph.D.,  an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University, created Plastisoil, a substance made from discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic water bottles. Pulverized and mixed with soil, the combined mixture is blended with a coarse aggregate and heated to create a hard yet non-watertight substance similar to pervious concrete or porous asphalt.

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Farm Sanctuary celebrates the animals for Thanksgiving

Farm Sanctuary's turkeys line up for their own Thanksgiving celebration

A Thanksgiving celebration that celebrates and honors rescued turkeys instead of serving them up as a main course?

Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that rescues abused animals and works to promote compassionate treatment of farm animals, hosted their annual Celebration for the Turkeys at their 300-acre farm just west of Orland, California.

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Little Known Facts About Glass and Recycling

The following is a reprint of a story by  Elizah Leigh, a respected eco-journalist and wordsmith. Posted by permission from the author.

Glass is one of our most fascinating and recyclable materials. The more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to reuse it.

RECYCLED GLASS MONTAGE Little Known Facts About Glass and Recycling

GE announces top winners of Ecomagination Challenge

An innovative leader with their EcoImagination campaign and commitment to find and fund “the most promising technological breakthroughs for our power grid, General Electric announced the top five winners of their $200 million Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid.

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The Eco-Cartridge – an eco-friendly ink cartridge

The Eco-Cartridge is made of recycled cardboard lined with a biodegradable laminate

With the ever-growing number of products becoming available in recycled materials, office equipment has been one of the last hold-outs.

The Eco-Cartridge is a concept version of an ink cartridge that was created by designer Kevin Cheng.

It’s a definite step forward towards sustainability for a product that all too often winds up in landfills.

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Restaurants not liable when it comes to excess food donations

Too much wasted restaurant food ends up in trash bins and landfills

This interesting item appeared on E Magazine’s Earth Talk and with the holidays approaching, it’s a timely story.

Many restaurants and fast food places wind up with large amounts of wasted, uneaten food that they toss each day. They hesitate to donate  leftover food for fear of liability if someone should become ill from eating it later.

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Consumers unconvinced of safety of genetically modified fish

A genetically engineered salmon behind a non-transgenic Atlantic salmon sibling of the same age Courtesy of AquaBounty Technologies

According to a recent survey, Americans aren’t convinced that genetically modified fish is a safe bet.

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