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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Wind – 10 Innovative Wind-Powered Creations

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World’s fastest wind-powered car – the Greenbird

Wind power is slowly finding a role in our sustainable future – and the possibilities are endless!  The United States doubled their wind-power facilities in 2008, now creating over 25,000 MW of wind-generated electricity each year.   But the potential of the wind as a renewable energy source reaches much further than typical wind farms – check out these innovative wind-powered creations…

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Extraordinary Reuse Projects – 10 Amazing Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles

 

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Plastic bottles are produced, consumed, and trashed each and every day.  Of the 28 billion bottles of water bought by Americans each year, more than 22 billion sit in landfills.  Only 13% of our plastic bottles are recycled.  

Those statistics on plastic bottles don’t include the ones that have been rescued for amazing reuse projects!  We’ve discovered more than 340,000 plastic bottles in the creations below – from chic plastic vests to floating islands, the possibilities for reusing bottles are endless …

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10 Ridiculous Wastes of Packaging Materials and How to Stop It

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Over-packaging seems to be the norm in our excessive society but too much packaging causes problems for the consumer, as well as the planet.  It’s frustrating to tear through huge boxes filled with endless packaging foam to finally unwrap the tiny iPod you’ve been waiting on – getting rid of all that waste is an entirely new battle, not to mention all the unnecessary space required during shipping for too much packaging.  We’ve gathered some of the most ridiculous examples of over-packaging and included a few ways you can help diminish the excess.

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Paperless World? 5 Creative Alternatives to Cutting Trees

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No matter how hard we try, a paperless world just doesn’t seem possible. From newspapers and magazines to printed memos and note-taking, we still depend on paper – so why not find an alternative to our traditional tree-based paper? Here’s what a few innovative companies are doing to solve the paper problem…

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Ecobots: The Sustainable Future of Robotics

 

Toyota Robotic Band (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)
Toyota Robotic Band (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

Robotics are quickly becoming a normal part of our everyday life. There are cleaning robots, military and space assistants, and medical robotics; some look like odd machines while others strangely resemble humans and animals. Whatever form they may take, robotics will play a big role in our future as well as sustainability. Take a look at these ecobots and the tasks they are designed to perform….

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Recycled Buildings: Awesomely Creative Reuse Projects

 

Rescued wine barrels make hotel rooms in Holland.
Rescued wine barrels make hotel rooms in Holland.

Prefab homes are great – but recycled buildings are even better! Whether it’s a new construction from rescued garbage or or a creative conversion of an existing structure, these recycled buildings are minimizing waste and improving the planet. They’re also creatively awesome examples of how unique green architecture can be!

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