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SKYLINYL: Vinyl Art Made From Recycled Records

While most of us today can’t remember the last time we used a record player, there are millions of records out there that were once made to satisfy the world’s craving for music. Vinyl records may be making a comeback amongst some audiophiles, but many of them are now collecting dust in storage or waiting for their trip to landfills.

One innovative artist, Shawn McClure, has taken up the challenge of repurposing old damaged or unwanted records into beautiful works of art through a successfully funded campaign on Kickstarter. The Skylinyl is a new medium that features designs from iconic city skylines to musicians and bands. For the avid music enthusiasts, these are great pieces of art to hang up in their homes or in their businesses.

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The Skylinyl comes in two sizes and styles that feature different aspects of the possibilities for the new art medium. The 12” x 12” size is a single Vinyl design that is framed in a Matte Black 12” x 12” frame. The 20” x 20” size features a 3-D design made with 4 Vinyl layers that is framed in a Matte Black 20”x 20” frame. Both sizes and styles involve intricate craftsmanship and there is neither assembly nor tools required to mount the piece of art. The Skylinyl art piece needs no maintenance and the piece lasts forever, making good use of old damaged or unwanted records and keeping them out of our landfills. The Skylinyl is now available for purchase through their Indiegogo campaign with the 12”x 12” costing $89 and the 20” x 20” costing $189.

By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer

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Turning Food Waste into Cooking Gas: Using the Homebiogas System

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Residential food waste is something that is not usually considered a renewable source of energy, but a new innovation may change that perspective. The new Homebiogas System brings forth this opportunity to individuals and multi-family units. According to CalRecycle; Californians dispose of almost 5.6 million tons of food each year, which represents 16 percent of material going to landfills.

The inspiration for the Homebiogas System design came from rural off-grid areas of India that were able to produce enough gas for their cooking needs with the use of animal manure. Improving upon conventional designs and using cutting edge technology, the Homebiogas System has produced an efficient, modern, off-grid method to not only divert organic waste from landfills but to also produce a decentralized clean source of energy for residential use. The Homebiogas System can produce clean biogas of approximately 65 percent CH4 and 35 percent CO2. From up to six liters of food waste, the system can produce over three hours of cooking time. The system’s only other byproduct is a rich natural fertilizer solution that can also offset the use of chemical fertilizer for residential gardens and plants.

The Homebiogas Company has been around since 2011 and after having launched an Indiegogo campaign that was funded in less than 24 hours; Homebiogas is now shipping early bird units across 35 countries. The Homebiogas System is set to retail for over $1,500.00 USD, but early adopter specials are still available at $995.00 USD per unit–cheaper if purchased in bulk. The Homebiogas System stands to be one of the more innovative solutions to enter the marketplace, producing decentralized, renewable energy from waste.

By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer

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Meet Jerry, the DIT Internet Server

Recycling efforts have skyrocketed and new strategies on what can be recycled and how to best recycle those items have emerged. The conventional idea of recycling is to throw a plastic bottle or an aluminum can into a blue bin that gets hauled away once a week. As the recycling practice grows, we are finding more materials we can recycle by means of more advanced technology

Although efforts have increased, one of the considerably most harmful groups of materials is still not being treated as a priority. Electronics are not often recycled, and these are one of the most detrimental pieces to our environment. When computers are made, pieces and parts that contain plastic and heavy metals that contain toxins are used.

When these pieces and parts are thrown into the trash instead of being recycled, those toxins leak into the ground, which causes a myriad of problems. Toxins contaminate groundwater, which can cause heath issues.

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Jerry Do-It-Together (DIT) is a project that was started in Paris to try and avoid the repercussions of throwing electronics away instead of recycling them. A collaboration stemming from Hedera Technology and ENSCI, Jerry DIT strives to promote making internet servers out of easy-to-find parts as well as previously- used parts. The basic Jerry design can accomplish simple tasks like sending an SMS message, storing data and browsing. Options are also available to add a WI-FI component and a hard drive.

The Jerry DIT website includes manuals on how to make Jerry and a how-to video showing the process. Current hotspots include the United States, France and Africa. To find out more on how you can build your own Jerry, visit the website here.

By Kimberly Dallmann, ESG Writer