San Francisco Wants Your Worn-Out Socks and Underwear

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Your next teddy bear
And here you never thought the city would ask!

The environmental leaders over at City Hall are not shy about saying they'd like you to give them all of your used or unwanted clothing, including your boxers, belts, shoes, socks, undergarments, jeans, linens, towels ... and the list goes on.

As part of the city's effort to achieve Zero Waste by 2020, San Francisco recently decided it was time to start recycling textiles, which can be reused for insulation materials, flooring, packaging, and cushioning stuffed in toys, insoles, and bags, according to the Department of Environment.

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Exciting Couple Drives From Alaska to Chile on Nothing But Cooking Oil

Categories: Eco-Curious, WTF?

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Courtesy of Carola Teixidó and Victor Millán

Carola Teixidó and Victor Millán are living my dream. The Chilean couple, both graphic designers, is driving from Alaska to Chile in a 1996 Ford pickup truck with a pop-up camper that's been converted to run on used vegetable oil.

They call her Piscola. The name is derived from pisco, the Chilean national drink, grape brandy, and cola.

Their next stop: San Francisco.

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Now A Fallen Tree Is Ruining Your Morning Commute

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Wasn't it perfectly sunny out yesterday?
Last week it was BART collisions and Bay Bridge closures. Today, it's a fallen tree that's probably going to delay some folks on their way to work -- or play.

According to press reports, a tree fell early this morning near the 1800 block of Lombard Street, blocking all westbound traffic.


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Solar Impulse: Solar-Powered Airplane Makes Safe Landing in Phoenix

Categories: Eco-Curious

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All that practice over the Golden Gate really paid off. The solar-powered airplane that departed from the Bay Area on Friday for its cross-country trip landed safely in Arizona where the plane and pilots are reportedly enjoying fame.

So far the fuel-less flight has been a success; the plane flew continuously for 19 hours, powered with sunlight by day and lithium-ion batteries by night. The plane is capable of 26 hours of non-stop flight.

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Environmentalists Campaign Crissy Field, Yosemite to Ban Bottled-Water

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Water should be free
Bottled-water might not be as sexy as, say, public nudity in San Francisco, which actually isn't sexy, but environmentalists have launched an equally passionate campaign to ban bottled-water across national parks.

Their next stop: San Francisco, where city officials have been barred from bottled-water since 2007.

On March 27, members of "Think Outside the Bottle" Coalition will stop at Crissy Field to present park officials with postcards (also not environmentally friendly) with signatures from thousands of people who very much like water and like parks, but don't like bottled water in parks.

Specifically, the growing movement is asking the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which owns Crissy Field, and Yosemite National Park to prohibit the sale of bottled-water anywhere at parks, and instead encourage people to use tap water and not be afraid.

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Weird Mannequins Protest Levi's in S.F.

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So you think you've seen it all in San Francisco -- unapologetic naked people, a nice-looking dude in a towel walking down Market Street, and a bird that refuses to quit smoking? Well now you can add walking mannequins to that uncanny list.

No, Levi's mannequins aren't bitter about having to don those skintight hipster jeans or the skyrocketing prices of fashionable clothes. Like any good plastic mannequins, they're worried about the environmental mess Levi's makes when creating its stylish products.

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Smokers, Take Heed: You Can Now Recycle Your Cigarette Butts

Forget about second-hand smoke; one company wants your second-hand cigarette butts.

A new company has developed a method to get cigarette butts off San Francisco beaches and out of landfills by "upcycling" them into pellets, which will then be used to make plastic shipping pallets and other industrial products.

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San Francisco Is Really Good at Hating Junk Mail

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Where is the delete button?
Have you stopped to notice lately just how good  we have it here in San Francisco? It's not just because we have a working version of universal health care, or that we are unstoppable when it comes to human rights. What is it that truly makes us one of the most progressive cities in the world?

Less junk mail, of course.

San Francisco was ranked No. 11 on a new list of the nation's top 20 "Most Mail Efficient Metro Areas." The results were based on the number of people who have proudly opted out of having junk mail sent to their homes. 

So how did we manage to get so turned off by useless coupons and crappy advertisements? Perhaps it's just that we're young and used to automatically shuffling unwanted mail into cyberspace.
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Floating Cities Could Be on the Horizon


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This weekend, seasteading enthusiasts will be flocking to the city for their annual conference at the Le Meridien Hotel to plan future floating cities. 

The ultimate goal of the seasteading movement is to establish autonomously governed communities on the water -- an ocean city-state, so to speak. The conference is hosted by the Seasteading Institute, and this year participants will discuss ways to implement sustainable energy options and recruiting real estate investors. 

"We are not the first to see freedom on the high seas," writes Randolph Hencken, the Institute's senior director, "but we are the first to temper this idealistic vision with a realistic strategy."  


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How Your Poop Can Save the Planet

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Saving the planet one bowel movement at a time
We've given you much to consider in the days about human feces and how it's managed in San Francisco. But here's something else you might posit: Would you wipe your mouth on a paper napkin that's been recycled from used toilet paper?

C'mon, aren't you an environmentalist?

Well, now you'll know for sure just how far you are willing to go to save the planet. Applied Clean Tech, an Israeli environmental company, is taking soiled, poopy toilet paper from the water treatment plants, cleaning it, sterilizing it, and pressing it into a clean piece of paper ready for you to write your next love letter. The company uses matter that is at least 60 percent cellulose to maintain enough elasticity to convert the matter into a new solid compound.

According to Gizmodo, the result looks much like particle board, and could support up to 10 percent of the world's paper needs while reducing the amount of sludge waste reaching landfills by 75 percent.

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