A jewelry maker in Petaluma, CA is taking discarded appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, and making pendants, wristbands and earrings. Tarma Designs uses recycled stainless steel to create a collection of jewelry with natural shapes and depictions of outdoor activities for both men and women.The idea came to Californian Sky George while she was taking a five-week solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail last year. “During my trek in California’s more remote wilderness, I realized that health, family and our environment were the most important values to me.” She returned home and launched Tarma Designs which exclusively uses recycled metals for jewelry.The products are sold in Whole Foods Markets and a number of independently owned outdoor shops.
Above, an example of jewelry made from recycled refrigerator parts.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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