Nurdle: The tiny plastic pellet threatening the planet

Have you ever heard of nurdles? You probably haven’t, but they’re just about everywhere you turn. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into plastic packaging, plastic straws, disposable water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. They also just happen to be the latest…

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Southeast Asia bans e-plastic imports

Following China’s refusal to accept plastic waste from the West, import policies across Southeast Asia are continuing to tighten, making it increasingly difficult to move certain e-scrap materials to international markets. These policy changes have not only greatly affected curbside recycling programs across the United States, but it has taken its toll on certain commodities…

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New laptop is made from recycled wood, paper and reusable OEM parts

Ireland based company, iameco (read as I Am Eco), is best known for the efforts in manufacturing energy efficient, sustainable and eco-friendly computers and accessories. Their latest device, the iameco DR4 laptop, is the first genuine eco-friendly, touchscreen computer built with zero-toxic materials and is configured with impressive high-performing machinery. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute…

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WEEE Forum announces October 13 as International E-Waste Day

More than 1.5 billion mobile phones were sold last year alone, on top of 4.2 billion computers, laptops and tablets. However, while consumer technology is flying off of shelves, global electronic recycling rates remain low. In an effort to raise awareness of this, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum has organized the first…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 8/13-8/17

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent mobile, technology, and electronic recycling news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 8/13-8/17. New smartphone shows hardware innovation is slowing down While the latest smartphones to hit the market have been impressive on the inside, on the hardware side of things the handsets aren’t showing…