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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