Recycling is more than just a modern buzzword. The practice has the potential to better almost everything we touch in the world. From industry to the environment, the beneficial impacts can be seen ubiquitously. Good practices start at home, however. Most people are familiar with the routine ways to recycle used goods. However, there are a few ways that are impressive and undeservingly under-spoken. Here are five amazing ways you can recycle beyond what you already know.
Dirty Diapers to Diesel
Sometimes nature can produce incredible beauty. Take a child for example. Few things are as beautiful as an infant. But nature can also produce some disgusting items too. Like what comes out of the infant.
Fortunately, there are recycling projects that have actually found a way to manage this. A Canadian company is using dirty diapers filled with fecal matter to fuel. The process is surprisingly clean and promises to generate a surprising amount of power.
Houses from Shipping Containers
Smaller household items aren't the only things that are at risk at filling landfills once they've reached their time. Ironically enough, the shipping container that (more than likely) helped deliver it is also a landfill filler. These large, clunky items are finding new life, however, as houses.
Some recycling projects are utilizing these outdated containers and converting them into moderately sized residences. Shockingly enough, some estimates put the process as a cheaper alternative to traditional house building.
Food waste Composting
Food waste Composting is allowing your organic trash to work for you. Virtually everything we eat is biodegradable. Meaning that, if given enough time, the environment will process it on its own. Compost can work as an amazing fertilizer. Systems like the Bokashi Composting System will work out great for many, and it only takes 1-2 weeks before your fertilizer is ready for use. It's affordable and a great way to get new life out of old food.
Upcycled Dresses and Buildings:
"Upcycling" is a curious process in which items aren't recycled into items with equal or less functionality. For instance, in traditional recycling, a plastic jug will come back as another jug, as a water bottle, or something similar. Upcycling ups the ante. Projects include creating intricate dresses out of coffee filters and making entire buildings from beer bottles. If done right, they have the same functionality of the items they emulate.
Windshields to Whiskey Glasses
Every year, hundreds of thousands of windshields are cracked, replaced, or destroyed. Normally, the spare glass is tossed into the trash and left to be forgotten. Now, a Mexican company is taking these pieces of glass and creating whiskey glasses, goblets, and other glassware. The coolest part is the glass is entirely non-toxic yet still retains some of the tinting from the original window.