That all plastics are not recyclable really irks me — things like those clear plastic tubs that spinach comes in. I put them in the recycling bin and the guy in the recycling truck tosses it in the trash along with those little plastics bottles holding hotel shampoo. They don't have the recycling number on the bottom so just a little more petrochemical trash gets wasted. Our recycling folks and some stores take back 1s, 2s, 3s and some 4s, but 5s, 6s and 7s get tossed.
Of course, plastics is an alphabet soup of acronyms - PETE, HPDE, V, LPDE,PP, PS and 7 is "other." I am big believer in recycling and feel strongly all plastics containers should be not be made unless there are made from recylable material. I'm sure the bottle and resin makers would scream bloody murder at the prospect of a federal recycling mandate. For instance, New Hampshire - the Live Free of Die state - considers a bottle deposit an imposition of its inalienable rights. In Massachusetts, we've had it for decades. But it's not the nineties anymore.
Maybe our plastics editor and expert Doug Smock who authors the Engineering Plastics blog can explain why not all plastic is recycleable.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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