Recycled Water is the Future. And No It’s Not Gross—Here’s Why

Eco Chic

The project detailed below only recycled water for tertiary use (watering plants, etc.) but other water recycling schemes are creating drinkable water too. Guest Post by: Matt Weiser, managing editor of Water Deeply. California’s current drought may well be remembered as the crisis that introduced people to recycled water. It’s a whole new kind of water product that bloomed because of the drought.

An Easy Way to Recycle Water in Your House.

Elephant Journal

Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green environment flowers gardening green grey water house and home plants recycle reuse water water While looking for a quick solution to a problem, I became an accidental environmentalist.

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Keep Our Environment Clean

Green Home Blog

Even the water you send down the drain can be dangerous when it deposits chemical cleaners and organic waste in rivers and lakes. A 2008 investigation by the AP found low levels of prescription medications in the drinking water supplied to 41 million Americans. Filter your water – make sure your home drinking water is free of contaminants by using a reverse osmosis filter with activated charcoal. Keep Our Environment Clean.

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How To Choose An Eco-Friendly Hotel

Green Home Blog

So when you’re trying to find the perfect green place to stay, look for hotels that recycle and compost instead of just dumping all that waste in the trash. Those cards asking you to forgo laundry service for your sheets and towels might seem like a good idea (and we can always get behind saving water and energy), but that one little laminated card does not a green hotel make. Tagged: composting , green business , green hotels , green travel , Recycling , water conservation.

What It Means To Be Socially Conscious

Green Home Blog

for 20 bags designed to melt your leaves and leftovers to rich soil, to the Cadillac of composting – an earth tea brewer which uses trash and water to create a liquid fertilizer. Put the same amount of shopping energy into water conservation systems for your yard and garden. Add a recycled plastic garden hose , and graduate to a rain water filter for your rain barrel. Can you use less water in a smaller vessel – a sink instead of the bathtub?

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Recycled Art: Meet Emily the Elephant

Eco Chic

Artist Sarah Turner managed to get hundreds of children in the UK to make Emily the Elephant out of recycled water bottles. Mini-visitors got a chance to learn more about recycling in their community thanks to Emily’s help. This is a brilliant way to teach kids, and adults, about the ways reusing, and recycling can help ordinary objects become extraordinary works of art. Want more recycled art? Inhabitat.

100+ Ways to Conserve Water

Green Prophet

You don’t have to have a million-dollar set up to save water. Follow the links to 100+ simple water-saving tips. Below you will find a link to a fantastic resource that provides a wonderful compilation of more than 100 water-saving tips , but that also lists dozens of conservation organizations and government agencies around the world that are trying like mad to cut down water waste. If you want to learn about recycling grey water , they’ve got you covered.

Israeli Biomedical Technology Purifies Water in Outer Space

Green Prophet

New Israeli technology purifies waste water in orbit and on Earth. Up till now, waste water from space flights has been dumped into outer space. Sad enough to contemplate Earth’s shrinking water resources (see our post about the Arab world’s water crisis) becoming daily more polluted by industries like the Dead Sea Works. The new polymer system, tested in orbit, successfully removed all bacteria and viruses from water used in flight.

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Google Resorts to Going Green With Trash Talk

Green Prophet

Gmail offers recycling tips. I was doing some email spring cleaning during an especially snooze-inducing conference call, and there in my Gmail Trash file, up popped a random recycling tip. Instead, it offers clever enviro-tips and recycling facts in that folder’s top bar. Recycling a 3-foot-high stack of newspapers can save one whole tree. Recycled cans can be made into airplanes, appliances, furniture and more.

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12 Uber Simple Steps to Green Your Life in 2012

Green Prophet

From recycling what you can to turning off the lights when you’re not using them to drinking more tap water, these suggestions are about making minor modifications in your life that save not only energy but also your hard-earned money. Recycling. Recycling programs exist in cities and towns across the United States, helping to save energy and protect the environment. city to require all homes and businesses to use recycling and composting collection programs.

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New Study: How Cities Can Finally Get Smart About Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

If the definition of insanity is making the same mistakes over and over, then many cities have taken a certifiable approach to securing their water supplies — and they need some radical therapy before taking the big economic, ecological and human hits that come with a permanent state of thirst. That’s the conclusion from a new study in the journal W ater Policy , whose authors compared the water supply histories of 4 cities — San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio and Adelaide, Australia.

Israel Commits Itself To More Desalination

Green Prophet

Desalination is an expensive and energy-intensive way of removing salt from water to make it potable – Israel hopes it will provide 75% of its drinkable water by 2013. Despite several problems with the use of desalination (such as high costs and energy usage) and calls from experts to consider other options first , the Middle East is embracing the water-creating technology at an alarming rate. Water Bills In Israel Go Up 40 Percent.

How to Be Environmentally Conscious

Green Living Ideas

Sponsored Posts compost How to be environmentally conscious Recycling Water ConservationThe environment and its preservation has been of worldwide concern since the dawn of humanity’s modern evolution. With global changes and human factors evidently altering the course of the earth’s long-term sustainability, it’s pertinent that we focus on finding ways to counteract these effects. As such, eco-friendly decision-making and behaviors are conscious choices we make.

How Green is Your State?

Living Green & Saving Energy

The site mphpnline.com evaluates the 50 states on various factors, including mass transit, renewable energy, recycling, water quality, [.]. Ever wondered about how the US states compare in terms of their greenness? I recently was made aware of a nice graphic that shows relative greenness of the states, and tells you how your state is doing. Green News greenness of state how green is your state

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Root Pouch – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Root Pouch distributed by Ikon International and they are fabric planting containers made from recycled water bottles and available from all good garden centers and also from Amazon. Root Pouch uses on average 400 metric tons of plastic water bottles a year in making their containers.

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An invasion of Plumed Whistling-Ducks

10,000 Birds

As the land starts to dry out the Plumed Whistling-Ducks head for remaining fresh water around Broome and the ephemeral lakes are good locations for them to move to, but the Poo Ponds are also ideal. Although the Poo Ponds are right in town they are also close to the Broome Golf Course and the grass at the Golf Course is watered via the recycled water from the Poo Ponds.

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Banded Lapwing visits Broome

10,000 Birds

It is with the Masked Lapwings Vanellus miles and enjoying the lush green grass as a result of recycled water from the Poo Ponds. We have a rare visitor in Broome at the moment, which is rather nice! The last time we had a Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor visit was 25th February 2008 and prior to that was 23rd September 2005. On those occasions the bird was on one of the school ovals, but this time it has decided that the Golf Course right against the Poo Ponds is the place to be.

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Aquaponics Food:Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Food

Celsias

Recirculation farms are a socially responsible farming method and business too; they support the use of renewable energy, recycle water and waste, and provide local food. Aquaponic systems are more productive and use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting etc.

U.S. Food and Job Crises Spawn New Green Farming Coalition

Green (Living) Review

Its focus is on eco-friendly farms that use clean, recycled water in place of soil to grow plants (hydroponics), fish (aquaculture), or a combination of both plants and fish (aquaponics). Recirculating farms use innovative ways to be space, energy, and water efficient. Well-designed farms re-use up to 99% of their water, and recycle waste. The Recirculating Farms Coalition Launches U.S.

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Scales, Impingement and Entrainment: Know Desalination’s Negative Side

Green Prophet

Israel will quadruple its output of desalinated water by 2050, according to a report released by the country’s Water Authority Council. These measures will ensure a continuous stream of desalted water without developing coastal lands in the tiny country. Water experts have sung desalination’s praises far and wide lately. It provides a reliable, secure water supply. Brackish groundwater is found in aquifers and typically contains less salt than ocean water.

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Win It: Recycled Yoga Pants from Ecozuzu

Eccorazzi

This week’s Secret Sweeps giveaway is a pair of Heart Skull Recycled Crop Yoga Pants from Ecozuzu. The pants are made from recycled eco-friendly fabric: it’s part organic cotton, part recycled water bottles and they look oh so comfortable! Breathe in. Get ready to do your sun salutations in style! With eco-friendly lines for men, women and kids, Ecozuzu has built a green celeb following…just check out Adrian Grenier on their homepage.

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How Does Recycling Save Energy?

Greentumble

that you put into your recycling bin actually make a difference? Everyone knows that by recycling, we are helping to save landfill space and conserve natural resources, but did you know that by recycling you are also saving a lot of energy? Recycling means to reuse something. The more we recycle; the less energy is needed, costs are lower and we also alleviate the harmful impacts of the processing and extraction of virgin resources on the environment. Recyclin

Australians Survived a 13-Year Drought by Going Low-Tech

Green (Living) Review

A study finds residents of Melbourne cut their water consumption in half by capturing rainwater and storm-water runoff and using efficient toilets and washing machines. When the so-called Millennium Drought ended in 2009, residents of Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, were using half the amount of water they had when it began. By 2009, about a third of homes were capturing free water from the sky and supplying 2 percent of Melbourne’s potable water.

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Gulf Greywater Recycling Could Cut Water Use by 30%

Green Prophet

The United Arab Emirates could save approximately 30 per cent of its daily water use if multi-residential buildings implement greywater recycling programs , according to a recent report compiled by researchers from the University of Sharjah. Currently the average Emirati consumes roughly 550 liters of clean water every day, 30% of which is flushed down the toilet. “Water issues are very important for the UAE. Image of reclaimed water sign , Shutterstock.

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1 Liter of Light Project uses recycled bottles to create solar lamps

EcoFriend

This prompted MIT student Alfredo Moser to come up with an idea for a solar lamp fashioned out of recycled water bottles. Each solar lamp contains one liter of water mixed with bleach which creates the same amount of light as a regular 60 watt incandescent light bulb. What’s ever better is that the bleach keeps the water algae and bacteria-free for over 5 years which gives each installation a longer life.

Case-Mate Promotes Environmental Responsibility with Launch of Recyclable iPhone 4/4S Case Collection

Green (Living) Review

Case-Mate®, the international design company known for creating innovative mobile accessories that protect, adorn, and enhance mobile technology, today announced a special rPET (recyclable PET) case collection for the iPhone 4/4S made out of 100% recycled post-consumer PET bottles. “As By creating Case-Mate products using recycled materials, we’re helping millennials stay stylish and environmentally conscious.” One recycled water bottle is used to produce each case.*

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London 2012 Olympics Uniforms Embrace Recycled Materials

Eccorazzi

The sports giant and Olympics sponsor announced earlier this week that the 70,000 participants will all wear clothing (Buttons, polyester and cotton) made from recycled materials. There are also plans for special “recycled&# shoes and the world’s first 100% recycled water bottle. When it comes to the threads worn by staff, volunteers and torchbearers during the 2012 Olympics, Adidas is intent on making them as green as possible.

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How Is Plastic Recycled: Step by Step

Greentumble

One good way to stem the production of plastic is to recycle plastic that has already been produced and use it to make new products. Plastic recycling has become more advanced in recent years and is always becoming more efficient. Plastic recycling reduces our need for more fossil fuels, saves energy , landfill space, and emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. So, how is plastic recycled, anyway? Plastic recycling process. Step 2: Recycling.

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Lexus Teams Up with Eco Fashion Trailblazer Linda Loudermilk

Eco Chic

The glove is constructed from recycled water bottles, reclaimed leather, and Mud Dyed Cotton. The Luxury Eco driving glove by Linda Loudermilk is hand crafted in the USA to superior standards. Eco-luxe designer Linda Loudermilk, a Lexus Dark Ride partner, designed the beautiful Luxury Eco driving glove (above) especially for the company.

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Hassan Fathy-Inspired Regenerative Home Planned for Buddhist Center

Green Prophet

Once built, the Regenerative Home in Colorado will hopefully produce its own food in an entryway greenhouse and vertical garden , process all of its own waste, capture and recycle water several times and rely entirely on solar energy for its power needs. Scott Howard is among a growing number of people working on building projects that are not only eco-friendly, but actually help to regenerate natural systems.

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Israel’s environmental revolution starts with greening the Knesset

Green Prophet

Israel has long been a pioneer in clean technology, renewable energy, and water conservation, but for the longest time, so many of the nation’s brilliant inventions, such as BrightSource Energy’s utility scale solar energy plants , were shipped elsewhere. National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Minister Silvan Shalom said, “The Green Knesset project will be a source of pride for Israel and will inspire other countries.

An Israeli Sewage Plant is a Hot New Art Venue for Passover

Green Prophet

The idea is to tease out the ways in which design can be used to address the numerous environmental concerns facing the country, including waste treatment and water shortages. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz says it’s possible to find all kinds of “bizarre” items on display, including a children’s book on sewage, a bathroom magazine made from sewage paper, and even an emergency family water-treatment device.

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The Eco Army of Cyprus

Green Prophet

“Going green” is a new defense tactic modern military: From the use of solar energy to power field re-chargers for communication equipment to finding new ways to supply troops with drinking water by moisture condensation from vehicle AC units. Some of the most noted green policies being followed are the use of photovoltaic or solar cells for creating electricity and the recycling of wastes, including the use of recycled water.

Nike’s new green GS cleats are made from recycled bottles and beans

EcoFriend

Throughout its body, the boot features renewable and recycled materials. Polyester and recycled water bottles were among the reused plastics used to create the tongue, lining and laces of the shoe, over 70 percent of which is composed of these materials. Since castor beans require much less water to grow that other natural fibers, the overall environmental cost of making the shoes is also lowered.

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Water And Israel – The Facts

Green Prophet

Water rich or water poor? Get the facts on Israel’s water situation. Following my latest post on water recycling and desalination in Israel , some commentators have raised questions about the seemingly contradictory facts on Israel and water. Whilst the Israeli water authority constantly warns of a water crisis, others state that Israel is actually dealing with the water problem very well and is the world leading waste-water recycler in the world.

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World Water Day (March 22, 2012) - Water management initiatives to conserve resources around the world

Green (Living) Review

Bridgestone Corporation has announced group-wide initiatives in conjunction with World Water Day to ensure that the company plays a proactive role in promoting the sustainable use of water during manufacturing processes. These initiatives include using water in an efficient manner, thoroughly managing waste water, as well as disclosing the results of these and other projects undertaken.

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New Cooling Lagoons Could Save the Gulf’s Marine Enviornment

Green Prophet

But Crystal Lagoons – the same people who were behind the worlds largest artificial lagoon planned for the Red Sea, is marketing a new closed-loop cooling system that would ensure that no more water would have to be extracted from the Gulf to cool down industrial plants! Thermal power plants require water for cooling, but disposing of that water back into the Gulf is not only harmful to the marine ecosystem, according to Crystal Lagoons, it is also a waste of thermal energy.

Rooftop Hydroponic Farms in Egypt Scrub the Air and Uplift Urban Poor

Green Prophet

Sherif and Tarek Hosny have developed closed-loop, vertical hydroponic systems that use recycled water and mineral nutrient solutions to grow cheaper, healthier produce. Through Schaduf, which name refers to a weighted pole device that is used to lift heavy buckets of water, the Hosny brothers hope to uplift families that live below the poverty line and they are already well on their way to achieving this goal. Urban farming in Egypt has soared.

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‘The Story of Hajjar’: Muslim Women and Water Conservation

Green Prophet

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation has launched a special water conservation guide aimed at Muslim women and families. Every year at Hajj, Muslims commemorate the struggle of Hajjar; an Egyptian hand-maid and second wife of the Prophet Ibrahim [pbuh] who was stranded in the desert without water for her child. The hajj pilgrims walk, as she did, between two mountains in the Saudi Arabian wilderness known as Safa and Marwa to remember her search for water.

Empower to Cool Dubai With Recycled Sewage

Green Prophet

Far more efficient than air conditioning, district cooling uses water that has been cooled once in a central plant and then distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings. Many CEOs, faced with that kind of success, would just keep doing things the same way, regardless of the fact that Dubai, like all the MENA nations, has extreme water scarcity, which will get worse over the next decades with climate change. District cooling is already super green.

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Will Qatar’s Passivhaus Baytna experiment perform in intense heat?

Green Prophet

The project pits two 225 square meter (740 square foot) single-story villas against each other to determine which guzzles more energy and water. Bioreactor tanks which clean and recycle water have also been installed. Although GSAS guidelines make this building greatly more efficient than most Qatari homes, researchers predict that this house will consume 50% more energy and water and 50% more carbon dioxide emissions compared with Passivhaus.

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Newlife for Green Hotel

Green (Living) Review

A family-owned hotel at the forefront of pioneering sustainable tourism is the first in the UK to use recycled paint on the refurbishment of their rooms. Battlesteads Hotel in Wark, Northumberland, a holder of a coveted Gold Award from the Perth- based Green Tourism Business Scheme, has painted several of their rooms with the recycled water-based paint. When faced with painting the interior of the hotel, this passion led them to research recycled paints.

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Six Senses Hua Hin: Thai us up, throw away the key

Green Traveler Guides

In its immaculately kept organic gardens (you can enjoy very good creations from the resort’s kitchens using this bounty, paired with organic wines), raised vegetable beds are bordered by low walls made from recycled bottles, aluminum cans, and mud brick; the planting medium includes newspaper and compost from the resort’s own organic mushrooms. Gardens are irrigated using recycled water.

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