Archives for the month of: October, 2012

“Americans use billions of aluminum beverage cans every year. The good news is that aluminum can be infinitely recycled back into new cans, and a great deal of energy and other resources can be saved by recycling it.

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Last year, Americans recycled 61 billion aluminum cans, saving the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s a whole lot of recovered resources!

So, how was all that energy saved? To put it simply, manufacturing cans from recycled aluminum consumes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials.

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To put those figures in perspective, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television for three hours.

Reuse Before Recycling: 8 Ways to Reuse Your Cans..”

Learn more facts about aluminum can recycling from Earth911:

http://earth911.com/news/2012/10/17/how-much-energy-water-saved-by-recycling/

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“MOSHAV AHITUV, Israel (Reuters) – A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.

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Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.

He told Reuters during a recent demonstration that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months.” …(read more @http://news.yahoo.com/cardboard-bicycle-change-world-says-israeli-inventor-090732689.html;_ylt=A2KJjamIgH1Qx2oATPzQtDMD

Photos by Baz Ratner

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SEATTLE, WA — “The Justice Center’s 8,500 square-foot garden roof was completed in 2002.

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From the very beginning, sustainability was a top design criterion, says Knut Hansen, senior associate for project architect NBBJ Design. The design features an intricate planting design guided by an image of sunlight reflected in a shallow stream-bed. But not only is the design visually appealing, the plants on the roof retain moisture and reduces the amount of storm-water entering the city’s storm sewer system.”

Find this article at:
http://www.dcd.com/bpr/bpr_novdec_2006.html

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Starbucks Coffee has been one of the most successful coffee chains in the U.S. to date. Let’s face it, the coffee’s great & the prices are good. But wouldn’t you enjoy your morning brew more knowing that the location you get it from is constructed of locally sourced material?

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The Seattle based company is pushing for a new “modular-modern” design which happens to be LEED certified as well. This means that each location will have been constructed of locally sourced material (within a 500 mile radius), getting rid of the typical lounge style, laptop-friendly interior.

Each store will have just enough interior space to acc
ommodate about 5 employees & all necessary brewing equipment. Starbucks’ goal is to entice customers in providing them with a location that will resemble certain elements from their local environment.

Find this article at:
http://www.dcd.com/bpr/bpr_novdec_2006.html

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