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Rethinking Winery Wastewater

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California wineries are going green. But what to do with all that wastewater?

The sustainability movement has taken hold in California wine country, where environmentally friendly winegrowing practices are slowly becoming the rule rather than the exception. There's even a green certification system. But in one area -- wastewater -- there's plenty of work to be done. On average, wineries create 6 gallons of wastewater for every gallon of wine, a fact that explodes......read more

Turning Wastewater into Energy

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NYC looks to the renewable energy potential of sewage treatment.

Processing sewage is a challenging and expensive endeavor, one that can contaminate the surrounding environment. NYT reports that New York City's Department of Environmental Protection is looking at ways to turn the costly and polluting process into one that creates energy and income. Naturally occuring algae at New York waste plants produce sludge and butanol that can be converted into a......read more

Creating Energy from Water

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Tata and MIT join forces on revolutionary new energy tech.

Indian corporate giant The Tata Group and MIT are collaborating on new research that produces energy from water. The technology, developed by MIT scientist and SunCatalytix founder Daniel Nocera, is founded on a basic scientific priniciple: sunlight + water = fuel. Nocera's process essentially mimics photosynthesis by using sunlight to split hydrogen from water. It is said that it can generate......read more

Capturing Watts from Wastewater

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More and more cities looking to flush heat energy from sewers

The latest addition to the renewable energy vanguard is not clean at all. Dirty water -- specifically warm and hot wastewater from shower drains, dishwashers, and laundry -- is a surprisingly powerful source of energy, and cities around the world are taking notice.  At National Geographic, Rachel Kaufman explains the technology: The technology is simple. Wastewater, which consists of......read more

Common Threads

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Patagonia's garment recycling program turns worn-out clothes into fresh new wear.

Patagonia has never been one to follow the pack when it comes to greening business operations. The Ventura, CA company’s Common Threads Garment Recycling program, which transforms unusable garments into new clothing, is a great example. Launched in 2005, Common Threads accepts worn out fleece (from any manufacturer), as well as Patagonia cotton T-shirts and some additional polyester and nylon......read more

Greasy Clean

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What to do with all the waste grease from a Mario Batali eatery? Make soap, of course. Further comes clean with grease.

Marshal Dostal has been scavenging waste grease from top restaurants around L.A. for over five years, then converting it to biodiesel to power his vintage Mercedes. But biodiesel distillation produces waste glycerin, and drums of it were accumulating in Dostal's garage. So Dostal and his wife decided to do something about it, crafting a glycerin-based handsoap under the name......read more

Moss Terrarium Bottle

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Micro ecosystem in a recycled wine bottle $38.00

Nothing like a little mossy microcosm to add a calming effect to a room. This Moss Terrarium Bottle from Uncommon Goods brings the tranquility of the outdoors inside. Housed in a recycled wine bottle, the terrarium features three types of moss, along with soil, drainage materials and a bamboo chopstick for shifting things around. It looks so nice and cozy, you may just want to climb in for a......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-22-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Running on empty: Jean-Francois Theriault's eerie photos of deserted parks at night. Causing major waves on the film fest circuit, WASTE LAND reveals the dignity and despair of recyclable material pickers in the world's largest garbage dump. Perhaps guided by the ancient Chinese proverb, "Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown," the world's most......read more

Nightwood

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Reincarnated furniture, textile, and home.

Nightwood is a Brooklyn-based design studio focusing on its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owners Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron seek out sustainable fabrics and discarded wood and furniture then deconstruct and recontextualize it into their line of modern-rustic home furnishings. Nadia explained their approach in the New York Times: “We’re making furniture for people......read more

Pop Bottle Dining Barge

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Floating dining room sits on 1,700 plastic bottles.

This floating pavilion on Vancouver's False Creek is being used as a temporary restaurant featuring 4-star local cuisine. Which is neat on its own, but it's doubly cool when you find out it's floating on nearly 1,700 recycled 2L pop bottles. And gets even sweeter when you discover that the Pop Bottle Dining Barge is a fundraising project for the School of Fish Foundation, which......read more

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