25 02, 2020

We Can Put Old Mattresses To Use In Gardens (Cool Weird Awesome 245)

By |2020-02-25T06:11:26-05:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A project run by researchers at the University of Sheffield, is using foam taken from discarded mattresses to help Syrian refugees start hydroponic gardens in Jordan. Plus: why were there two Miss Sasquatch Queens in Saskatchewan back in 1969?

18 02, 2020

The Robot That Sorts Your Trash From Your Recyclables (Cool Weird Awesome 240)

By |2020-02-18T09:34:54-05:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Toss an item into TrashBot and the system’s internal sensors figure out what the item is, and whether to recycle it or toss it out. No more recyclables in the trash, no more trash in the recyclables. Plus: officials in Prichard, Alabama missed a typo when sending out their new trash bins for residents.

3 01, 2020

Recycled Milk Bottles Apparently Make Great Road Surfaces (Cool Weird Awesome 208)

By |2020-01-02T07:29:04-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In South Africa, a construction company has started producing and using a more eco-friendly asphalt that contains plastic pellets that come from recycled milk bottles. Plus: meet a mayor in Texas who’s bringing a VERY fresh perspective to the job.

24 09, 2019

Turn Those Old Straws Into New Albums (Cool Weird Awesome 134)

By |2019-09-24T09:00:17-04:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Straw Vinyl project has lined up some high-profile bands to release limited-edition vinyl records that are made out of plastic harvested from old straws. Then your hipster friends can say they were into keeping straws out of landfills before it was cool.

12 07, 2019

Drinking Coffee Out Of Coffee Cups Made From Coffee (Cool Weird Awesome 82)

By |2019-08-09T13:09:50-04:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Coffee grounds can be recycled in all kinds of ways, including lots of products. And the most meta product of all is from KaffeeForm, which uses coffee grounds to make coffee cups.

1 07, 2019

Please Consider The Environment Before Printing And Reprinting On This Paper (Cool Weird Awesome 73)

By |2019-07-01T09:55:30-04:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a system to unprint the printing on standard printer paper, in a way that uses less energy and material than the conventional paper recycling process.