Meet the E-Waste Recycler Jailed for a Year for Infringing Microsoft's Copyright

Eric Lundgren spent a year in prison for selling counterfeit Windows restore discs, now he’s home and ready to keep saving the planet.


The Trump Campaign Is Trying to Own Libs by Selling Plastic Straws

For the astronomically high price of $15, you, too, can be the proud owner of 10 plastic straws “laser engraved” with Donald Trump’s name.


We're Buying Into a Giant Lie About Plastic

All in all, only 9 percent of the world’s plastic scrap gets recycled.


Target Fined $7.4 Million for Illegally Throwing E-Waste in the Trash

Target threw hazardous e-waste, as well as sensitive medical material and waste, into the trash illegally for four years.


We Don't Mine Enough Rare Earth Metals to Replace Fossil Fuels With Renewable Energy

Rare earth metals are used in solar panels and wind turbines—as well as electric cars and consumer electronics. We don't recycle them, and there's not enough to meet growing demand.


These Post-Apocalyptic Looms Were Made From E-Waste

Weaving, in the end times.


The Chemist Whose DIY Lasers Are Too Dangerous for YouTube

The YouTuber 'Styropyro' recycles tech to turn old parts into lightsabers and laser bazookas.


This Taiwanese factory is helping Apple use more recycled metals

Taiwan's recycling programs are some of the most advanced in the world. But the country's political isolation means that no one really knows about it.


Yeast Can Be Engineered to Turn Astronaut Pee Into Spaceflight Materials

“We are planning to try to get our yeast to the International Space Station in next couple of years.”


Earth Is Choking on 8.3 Billion Metric Tons of Plastic Waste

For the first time, scientists have calculated how much plastic we've produced, and its fate. It isn't pretty.