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Samsung Restore hits stores

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2010

Sprint is introducing the Samsung Restore today. You might remember that the Samsung Restore is an eco-friendly handset that will cost you $50 on contract. It’s made almost completely out of recycled materials with minimal levels of hazardous materials.

When the time comes and you’re done with it, you can even recycle up to 84% of its guts if you like. It’s a basic handset that makes and receives calls and let’s you text message without any fancy features.

Recycled Motherboard Pen

Posted in Pens by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2010

If anything will get geeks and techies to write with a pen once again instead of a keyboard, it’s this recycled motherboard pen. Sadly, the square shape doesn’t look very comfortable. On the other hand, it should impress all of your friends and cubicle-mates.

It’s only $4.99. But I’ll just stick to my keyboard since that square shape makes it look painful. If they would have put a flash drive on the other end I would be sold.

Pepsi Dream Machine Kiosks gives points for recycled bottles

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

Pepsi and Waste Management are teaming up for the Dream Machine, a computerized recycling bin that gives out points for returned bottles. The internet-connected kiosks will be installed in stadiums, parks, and gas stations and will award recyclers redeemable points for every bottle returned.

That’s pretty cool. It’s not clear what the recycling points will be redeemable for, but it will encourage recycling in a big way and that’s always a good thing.

Sprint’s LG Remarq made from recycled plastics

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

This phone looks pretty good-looking considering that it’s made from 19% recycled plastic. 87% of the phone can be recycled when it’s life is over. Keeping with the green theme, it also uses a low energy charger. Some other features include a 1.3 megapixel camera, a media player, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, QWERTY keypad and a slider form factor.

Look for the LG Remarq to be available on May 9 for $20 after a two year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.

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Alien sculpture made from 1,200 lbs of motorcycle steel

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2010

There are few things scarier than the Aliens from Alien, even when they are made from steel. This is the work of three artists from the Irish company RoboSteel, who gathered 4,000 pieces of steel and then welded together this “Alien Queen”.

This 8-foot sculpture would be even scarier than the one in Ridley Scott’s film, because it’s right there in your face. What’s not scary is that it is green. 90% of the Alien’s 1,200 pounds of parts are recycled from Yamaha motorcycles.

Recycled iMac G4 Lamp

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2010

Just a few days ago we showed you the Recycled Apple iBook G4 Clock. Now we have a Recycled iMac G4 Lamp to go along with it, made from recycled Mac parts. It makes quite a geek statement.

The Recycled iMac G4 Lamp was made from the base of an iMac G4 that had died, but as you can see it was given new life. You better hurry if you want one as there is only one available. It’s just $125 from Etsy. Totally worth it if you are an Apple fanboy.

Best Buy’s billboard of recycled electronics

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2010

Here’s something that really gets the message across concerning e-waste. Best Buy has erected this billboard in New York City’s Times Square promoting their recycling program. Best Buy wants to “e-cycle” all of your old electronic items that you bring into the store.

They promise not to simply make more billboards out of them. We think. Though that would be cool too. Maybe they could start making their store shelves out of all our old stuff. It definitely catches your attention and puts it in your face.

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Recycled Apple iBook G4 Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

We’ve seen plenty of clocks made from recycled computer parts, but this one is definitely one of the neatest. The Recycled Apple iBook G4 Clock is made from a recycled iBook G4 case, and uses an Apple mouse for the clock pendulum.

The whole thing measures 14 inches wide by 18 inches in height and even features a quartz clock movement, and pendulum movement. It runs on 2 AA batteries. You can’t really call yourself a geek unless you have something like this in your apartment.

Recycled cardboard USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2009

Recycled cardboard USB flash drivesIf you’re concerned about the environment, the recycled cardboard USB flash drive is right up your alley. These are basically disposable USB flash drives. As newer, larger capacity drives become cheaper, the older ones typically get tossed aside.

That’s why this is a good idea. No one wants to see a landfill full of old drives. Five of these come together as one large piece. The idea is that when you need one, you just snap one off. And most of the drive can be recycled when you are done with it.

Recycled Shopping Cart chairs

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2009

Recycled Shopping Cart chairsWhat could be more comfortable than a chair that reminds you that you need to go buy groceries? Just about everything probably. Such a chair would force you to say stupid things when you spill stuff, like, “Clean up on isle me”. Sadly these chairs no longer have the squeaky and out of alignment wheels. So doing living room stunts is out of the question. Too bad. That’s a deal-breaker for me.

Max McMurdo takes carts that are landfill bound and turns them into chairs. If you ask me they make good patio pieces. If grocery shopping is your bag. Get it. Bag…Paper or plastic?

Christmas Tree made from 70 recycled Hard Drives

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2008

Christmas Tree made from 70 recycled Hard DrivesOh yes. We like shiny. This is one shiny tree. It’s the kind of project that you take on when you find yourself with 70 defunct SCSI hard drives and a whole lotta free time on your hands. If that sounds like you this Christmas season, you can make one too, just like the builder of this tower of joy. It was built by a man with a horse name(trigger).

He took the drives from RAID arrays that were destined for the scrap heap. Instead of performing the DoD wipe that would have otherwise been needed, he built this geek tree from the shiny discs within. The tree is made entirely from the drive pieces, with one exception. A single nut.

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Recycled newspaper USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Recycled newspaper USB flash driveThe eco minded geek is always on the lookout for the next environmentally friendly gadget. The Recycle USB flash drive is all Mother Nature, fit for eco geeks and hippies who have given in to using tech and washing occasionally.

The entire exterior case is made up of recycled newspaper and has a storage capacity of 512MB – 16GB. I’m confused though. Does this mean it’s okay to just throw it in the forest when you’re done with it or will it choke small furry creatures? Either way, it’s not my concern after that. Still, I think they could have given it some style while making it Earth-friendly. I mean it looks like a paint chip off the wall.

HP reduces shipping materials by 97%, ships laptop in its bag

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2008

HP reduces shipping materials by 97%, ships laptop in its own bagIt seems like common sense right? Package gadgets in a way that protects them, yet minimizes shipping materials. Not only is it good for the environment, it will save your company a whole lot of dough. How many times have you opened a box full of Styrofoam and other unnecessary packing materials, only to throw most of it away? Apparently it took awhile for HP to figure this out, but they are feeling much better now.

They are selling the new Pavilion dv692 laptop in its own recycled material laptop bag. Other then that, the only packing material in the bag with the laptop are some air bubbles. They ditched the extra cardboard and styrofoam, reducing the packing materials by a stunning 97%. It’s being sold at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, but I think we’d all like to see this become a larger trend. Hopefully other companies are paying attention. It’s simple, economical and beyond time. I recently bought an Acer Aspire 6920 and at the time I was happy to find that the box was not nearly as full of garbage as I feared it would be. This is a brilliant move.

Eco Brolly: Ultimate emergency umbrella

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Eco Brolly: Ultimate emergency umbrella
Anyone who has ever been caught in a sudden harsh downpour knows that it sucks to not have an umbrella. You probably also know that newspapers can help to at least keep most of it off your head.

This green concept is from designer Shiu Yuk Yuen and uses disgarded newspapers as your umbrella canopy. Just unscrew the top piece, secure the paper and screw the lid back on. The user could use almost any material they want, limited only by their inventiveness. It’s a very clever idea. There is one big flaw in the design however. If I can’t find a newspaper or some other thing to screw in place, I’m drenched.

Alien tables: Not recommended for night time use

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2008

Alien Tables: Not recommended for night time use
These Alien tables are pretty awesome sculptural pieces. If Ripley went into the furniture business, this would naturally be the result. Who wouldn’t love to own one. Thing is, there’s no way this thing is in my house at night. Who wants to walk by this thing in the dark?

Interestingly, they’re hand crafted from recycled used car and bike parts, tools and other recycled metal, which makes every piece unique. They’ll cost you from about $300 to $4,450. They’re more than conversation pieces, they insure that your guests leave promptly after their business is concluded.


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