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Transform Raw Sewage into Biodegradable Plastic

MicroMidas technology converts carbon in organic wastewater into bio-plastics. A "Cleantech Open" winner 2009. http://www.micromidas.com.

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Make Plastic Out of Pig Pee

Plastic is made from urea, which typically comes from fossil fuels. It can instead be economically captured from urine at pig farms, which theoretically produce enough to meet all US plastic needs. Popular Science "Best of 2008" selection.http://bit.ly/5AdeL8

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Add Plastic from Landfill to Road Construction

Indian company augments road construction with recycled plastic. http://bit.ly/1dJ5N8

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Recycle the Suburbs

As suburban houses are abandoned and large retailers close, suburbs can become concentrated mixed-use urban centers based on shopping malls. A Time Magazine "Best of 2009" idea. http://bit.ly/7nSqVD

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Starbucks to Encourage Reusable Cups - with a Chalkboard

The winner of Starbucks "Betacup Challenge" for encouraging reusable cups is a "Karma Cup" chalkboard. Every tenth reusable cup gets a free coffee. CNET http://bit.ly/a5jGBt

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Bamboo and Hemp Bicycles: Light, Strong, and Eco-Friendly

Bicycles made out of renewable materials, including bamboo and hemp, are highly functional and environmentally friendly. Der Spiegel: http://bit.ly/cJOKDb

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Biodegradable Coffins

"Ecopod" is a 100% biodegradable coffin made out of recycled paper. A NYTimes "best idea 2007" winner. http://bit.ly/7fRlTh

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New Building Demolition Technique: Lower Floor by Floor

A Japanese building company is demolishing old buildings by removing the bottom floor, lowering the building, and repeating. This saves building materials and cuts demolition time. Popular Science "Best of 2008" selection.http://bit.ly/6402nV

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Trailer-sized Gasification Plant Allows Local Power Production

Turn garbage into energy with this small-sized gasification plant. http://bit.ly/6NdZ4x

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Biodegradable Mushroom Styrofoam for Shipping

EcoCradle is a treeless, biodegradable shipping material which can be shaped into any form. http://bit.ly/4J6JuR

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Make Toilet Paper Out of Old Reports at Office

A new machine in Japan recycles waste office paper, turning out rolls of toilet paper. (Unfortunately it costs $100,000). http://bit.ly/cLc4bD

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Support Women in Developing Countries through a Bead Party

BeadforLife.org organizes "bead parties" (think tupperware) in developed countries to sell jewelry manufactured in developing countries from discarded paper. NYTimes article http://nyti.ms/d5V7Xi

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