Will wearable technology destroy advances in recycling?

Recent advances in wearable technology are challenging our definition of clothing and technology as they converge to improve our quality of life. Inventors are developing more sophisticated and essential products that are quickly being integrated into the fabric of our lives. These smart electronic devices can be worn on the body as an accessory during everyday life.

Fitness trackers, smart sunglasses, sports trackers and even smart socks, shorts and sleepwear are a far cry from the first wearable technologies — children’s ...

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Where Does Recycling Fit in the Environmental Movement?

According to a recent Nielsen survey, respondents believe that their biggest contribution to the preservation of the environment is recycling. Plastic bottles, followed by paper and cardboard, are the two most frequently cited materials consumers say they recycle. But without overt leadership on the issue, our limited success in recycling may have peaked.

We may have reached a tipping point for the recycling movement, especially in the U.S. While most consumers believe in the importance of recycling to protect the environment, ...

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THE CHALLENGE OF LEGISLATING E-WASTE RECYCLING

by MAURA KELLER

E-waste is a growing issue in the U.S. As the volume of electronics and cordless devices increases, so does the amount of e-waste.

According to EPA, only about one million tons of over 3.4 million tons of e-waste generated in the U.S. in 2012 was recycled, resulting in a recycling rate of only 29 percent. To date, e-waste recycling in the U.S. has been limited by a variety of factors, including: insufficient collection, the lack of ...

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Call2Recycle Statement in Support of the EnergyStar Program

Call2Recycle supports the EnergyStar program, a popular and voluntary program that provides value for consumers, businesses, and the environment. Since 1992, the EnergyStar program has helped businesses and families save $430 billion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2.7 billion metric tons.

We understand there is a lot of information out there on how to be responsible stewards of the environment. Consumers and businesses and industries have employed many different ways to preserve our environment, from saving energy to minimizing the ...

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Vermont Single-Use Battery Collections Up 3000% After New Law Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

Vermont often tops the list as one of the ‘greenest’ states in the US. So it’s no surprise that the state eagerly embraced its leadership role as the first US state to recycle single-use batteries. This past June–six months after the law went into effect, single-use battery collections were up 2,947% over 2015. Even rechargeable battery collections were up 29% year over year.

“We expected a big bump in collections in the first months after the law went into effect as ...

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