Monday, October 3, 2011

Green Teen

Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspapers
Newspapers can be just as eco-friendly as the Internet. How?
A recent study, published by Tulsa University scientists, shows that car could run on recycled newspapers!
The scientists at Tulsa University have discovered a bacterial strain, called TU-103 that can convert cellulose in papers to butanol--a biofuel that can replace gasoline.
This is a major discovery because previously, other strains of bacteria have always been killed off by oxygen, but TU-103 stands up to oxygen and still produces butanol.
Butanol is much more safe, less erosive than ethanol and can be adapted to much more easily.
Replacing the use of gasoline by butanol will prove to reduce carbon dioxie an smog emissions, compared to gas, as well as having a positive impact on landfill waste.
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Eco-tip of the (bi) week: RECYCLE! Almost everything can be recycled, you'd be surprised. Keep a separate trash bag for plastic cans, aluminum, paper, styrofoam, paper. The tabs on soda cans? Those are actually recycled to produce medical equipment (Google Ronald McDonald can tops or soda tops). So many things spend ages in the landfills, never decomposing, bringing harm and clogging up our already polluted world. Did you know? These are everyday items that are thrown away, showing how fast they decompose from least amount of time to the most:
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspapers
  • Milk Cartons
  • Plastic Bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Aluminum Cups
  • Six-pack rings (like those on sodas and beers)
  • Water bottle
  • Fishing Lines
  • Glass

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