Ed Italo

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Clearing out your unused toner cartridges… for cash!

If your business or organization is like most, you’re probably storing an assortment of unused toner and inkjet cartridges left over from printers you no longer have.  The office supply store you purchased them  from won’t buy them back, so they sit there, sometimes for years, taking up space and collecting dust, because no one …

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Plant Leather from Mushrooms and Pineapples

Move over Pleather, there are some new leather-like fabrics in town which are eco-friendly and not petroleum or animal hide based! MuSkin is a 100% biodegradable vegetal fabric extracted from mushroom caps; it is “tanned” using chemical free methods.  Resembling a very soft suede, it is breathable, pliable, water repellent, and durable. Pinatex is created …

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Business in need of fast cash

Over one million businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2017.  Often times, small expenses start adding up to a company already on the decline, and sometimes small bumps in revenue is all it takes to keep a business afloat. One way these businesses could have staved off collapse would have been to liquidate their unusable assets, …

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Edible 6-pack Rings, an Alternative to Plastic

A Florida brewery has developed an edible six-pack ring, comprised of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process.  100% biodegradable, compostable, and edible, the rings are proving as sturdy and efficient as the plastic rings they replace. Every year, as many as 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles become …

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Plastic pollution solution for the world’s oceans

An organization called “The Ocean Cleanup” has developed a feasible method to clean up the world’s 5 gyres, or garbage patches.  The Ocean Cleanup Array is an estimated 7900 times faster, and 33 times cheaper than conventional methods. These garbage patches will not disappear by themselves; once the plastic trash has traveled away from a …

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Why sell your overstock/surplus ink and toner?

There are over 65 million copiers, printers, and fax machines in the world today; up to 25% of these machines are replaced by newer technology every year.  This means large quantities of surplus inkjet, laser, and toner supplies are left cluttering shelves, unused and unwanted. Galaxy Surplus will buy overstock, liquidated, and unwanted printer supplies, …

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Residents and Businesses Recycle Left-over Paint

The California Paint Stewardship Program handled more than 2.7 million gallons of post-consumer paint from July 2014 to June 2015, resulting in a total of more than 5.3 million gallons collected since October 2012. Most of the post-consumer paint was used as recycled-content paint or, in the case of oil-base paint, used for fuel, according …

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Toilet to Tap; new technology for wastewater purification

Climate change and drought increasingly stress our rivers and lakes. As the world begins to rethink the foundation of its water supply, water filtration technology which purifies raw sewage has proven more cost-effective than desalination. New advances in filtration technology convert human sewage into purified water fit for human consumption. Very little of our current …

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Worms open the door to plastic recycling

Stanford University scientists have discovered that the lowly mealworm may be the key to solving the world’s plastic waste problem.  The mealworm can thrive on a diet consisting solely of styrofoam.  The bacteria in the worm’s gut enables the plastic to be converted to 50% carbon dioxide and 50% non-toxic waste.  The implications for this …

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Fortune 500 companies commit to renewable energy

RE100 is a global initiative to support influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power.  Currently, more than 40 companies world-wide, including HP, Nike, Ikea, and Nestle,  have committed to reach full reliance on renewable power within the next decade.   Doing so can help manage fluctuating energy costs, as well as prove leadership on climate …

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