All Green is on Pinterest

Who else has been obsessed with Pinterest lately?

I’ve been finding some great images of interesting electronics and upcycled items and posting them to the All Green Pinterest account.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Source: treehugger.com via All on Pinterest

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All Green Featured on KTLA News

All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi and several employees were featured on the KTLA morning news today.

Check out the link to the video here.

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TED Talk on Electronics Recycling with All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi

Do you know why it’s so important to recycle your old electronics? In his TED Talk, All Green CEO Arman Sadeghi talks about the rapidly-growing e-waste problem and what you can do to help.

Did you learn anything new from this video?

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3-D Chocolate Printer Makes Custom Treats

 

Photo Credit: Discovery.com

There have been some fun innovations in technology, but this one just looks delicious.

University of Exetor senior lecturer and materials scientist Liang Hao founded a company called Choc Edge to perfect a 3-D machine that prints personalized chocolate shapes. Hao recently told BBC News that he has perfected the printer and hopes to start selling it shortly.

The printer functions similarly to other 3-D printers. A custom image in a 3-D printing file language is uploaded to the printer. Melted chocolate is then loaded into the machine using a syringe. Special software takes the file and translates it into corresponding movements of a nozzle head. The shape is printed layer by layer with chocolate from the nozzle.

Although I would love to have one of these in my apartment, it appears to be aimed at the small business owner rather than the home cook. It is expected to sell at a little more than $4,500 USD.

“You just need to melt some chocolate, fill the syringe that is stored in the printer, and get creative in printing your chocolate,” Hao told the BBC.

Okay, so maybe this piece of technology isn’t technically related to the environment, but I couldn’t help but share it! If you buy one, make sure you use organic or fair-trade chocolate for an eco-friendly treat.

You can read more about the topic here.

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Young Americans Shift Away from Car Culture

Data from the new U.S. PIRG report supports the common observation that young Americans prefer to drive less, walk and bike more, and take public transit more frequently than older people.

According to the report:

“From 2001 to 2009, the annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16 to 34-year-olds) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita—a drop of 23 percent.”

During the same time:

“In 2009, 16-to 34-year-olds as a whole took 24 percent more bike trips than they took in 2001, despite the age group actually shrinking in size by 2 percent.”

There are a few reasons why young Americans might be ditching the car in favor of greener transportation methods. The environment is one possible reason. Others include “graduated” driver’s licensing, higher gas prices, a less-than-favorable job market, and even smart phones and their incompatibility with safe driving.

Utilizing transportation methods other than driving suggests a cultural shift away from automobile use and sprawling communities in younger generations. If you grew up in the suburbs like I did, you can attest to the fact that it is virtually impossible to get by without a car. There are miles upon miles of homes, and the closest supermarket or restaurant is a mile or two away. You’re lucky if public transportation stops by your place more than once or twice a day in some cases.

An urban environment gives you the opportunity to walk places. In some cases, it can even be more time efficient to ditch the car and walk or take the bus. Not only is it great for the environment, but it also promote being active, which benefits our health and the growing obesity problem. If this data is showing a shift away from suburbia, I see that as a definite plus for both the environment and our waistlines.

For more information, check out the report here.

Do you drive less than your parents did at your age? Let us know in the comments below.

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Benefits of Choosing Greener Electronics (Infographic)

Newer electronics are designed to be less toxic, longer-lasting, more energy efficient, and easier to recycle. This has contributed to major reductions in environmental impact.

A green electronics rating system called EPEAT recently released and shared this infographic with us. It illustrates the environmental benefits that have accrued since the electronics rating system first began registering green devices five years ago.

Benefits include reductions in power use, hazardous materials, solid waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. This is because when people buy electronics, they are buying devices with less environmental impact.

Here is the infographic:

Do you keep energy efficiency in mind when you buy new electronics?

For more information, check out EPEAT.net.

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5 Tips for a Green Easter Basket

If you celebrate Easter and have some last-minute shopping to do, here are some tips for keeping your Easter basket eco-friendly!

  1. Make sure you choose your Easter chocolate wisely! For many, chocolate eggs or bunnies are an essential part of the Easter holiday. If this is true for you, make try to pick fair trade, organic, or local chocolates.
  2. Don’t buy a new Easter basket every year! Reuse your baskets from year to year to help the environment and save some money. There’s no point in replacing something that gets so little wear to begin with! If you have to go out and buy a basket, look for used ones or sustainable ones.
  3. Instead of buying plastic Easter grass to line your basket, make your own! Cut or shred recycled paper into strips, or use alternatives like wrapping paper or tissue paper scraps.
  4. Use local, free-range eggs and natural, organic dye for your Easter eggs. If the organic dye is too expensive, you can make your own using common ingredients like spinach, beets, turmeric, paprika, blueberries, and red cabbage.
  5. If you don’t eat eggs, but still want to hide something for your children to find, hide chocolate eggs. If you still want to use plastic, make sure you buy sturdy ones that you can reuse year after year.

What are your tips for a sustainable Easter basket?

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Partner Spotlight: Mission Viejo Library

The Mission Viejo Library is now a cell phone recycling collection site. The collection bin,
sponsored by All Green Electronics Recycling, is located in the lobby of the Mission Viejo
Library, located at 100 Civic Center in the city of Mission Viejo.

The City of Mission Viejo has been a long time supporter of recycling efforts. Most recently, the Mission Viejo City Council recognized two outstanding Marines for their dedication for making a “green” difference in Mission Viejo.

All Green Electronic Recycling is a full service electronics recycler and collector specializing in providing pickup services as well as hundreds of convenient drop-off locations. All Green Electronics Recycling has collected over one million pounds of electronics and processes up to 100 million pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) per year.

Look for the next drop-off event at the Mission Viejo Library in September 2012.

For more information on what to recycle or for convenient drop-off locations, go to http://www.allgreenrecycling.com .

 

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3D Solar Panels May Be More Efficient

Photo Credit: Discovery News

We think of solar panels as flat panels arranged to face the sun. But why are they flat? And more importantly, could they be more efficient if they weren’t?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wanted to know the answer to this question and their research showed that a cube or tower-shaped design might be more efficient—especially north of the equator.

These designs could even produce as much as 20 times more power than the fixed flat panels that take up the same amount of space.  The reason is simple: Vertical panels pick up more energy in the mornings and evenings, while horizontal panels get better power outputs at noon. This difference is more obvious at high latitudes where the sun doesn’t get far above the horizon for a big part of the year.

What do you think? Would you get a 3D solar panel?

For more information, check out this post.

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E-Waste Dumping Ban Passes in Colorado Legislature

Colorado will soon be one of the U.S. states to ban e-waste dumping in the state’s landfills—we hope!

The legislation for this bill was passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the later in a 43-20 vote. It will now go to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for approval.

If Hickenlooper signs the bill, Colorado will join 17 other states that have similar laws. If and when the measure does become law, it is estimated to create up to 2,500 new jobs in Colorado.

Similar legislation has failed in previous years because it placed the recycling burden on manufacturers. The current proposal mandates that state agencies arrange for e-waste recycling with certified recyclers.

The law will go into effect on July 1, 2013 if the bill gains final approval.

Way to go Colorado! Let’s hope this bill passes.

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