The Recycling Bins for Plastic Bottles Unleashed!

The box above is a culmination of nearly 5 month’s worth of planning and execution. On the 22nd of January, Pang See Min, grand chieftain of the soon-to-be legendary recycling project team, led a dozen students in an ambitious effort to place a cardboard box with the bottom taped-shut and the lids-taped up.

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METI Taps Miku for Handphone Recycling Programme brings news about a new handphone recycling programme by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The difference is METI tapping the talents of various artists to create the music video above starring otaku pop-culture icon, Hatsune Miku – also widely regarded as better than most real singers, although her voice is artificially generated.

People recycling their old phones before buying a new one are eligible for a prize, with a further stipulation that phone to be recycled must be worth more than 2,500 yen. Participants also receive 1,000 yen for their efforts.

This is an admirable display of what governments should be doing to promote both an environmentally conscious lifestyle, and promote the works of local artists as well. That said, 2,500 yen is about RM95.00 at the time of writing. As Karen Gellender at Japanator pointed out: “I question how many cell phones even exist in Japan that cost less than that.”

In Pursuit of Saving The Environment

Ed: The following opinion piece was contributed by one of our Greenpulse members, Lee HT.

With our obsession with saving the environment, and rewinding all the damages done to Mother Earth during the last century; are we actually pushing the environment towards the better or worse?

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Future Tech: Glitter Solar Cells, Home Batteries, and Thorium Reactors

We have some pretty cool green technology on the way. Panasonic has announced a new battery that could potentially power a home for one week on a single charge.

As the writer here says, solar and other forms of renewable energy for the home alone aren’t enough to offer us all a constant supply of electricity. That is why surplus energy needs to be stored. Enter the home battery.

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