Portland, Oregon: Everything deserves to be recycled or repurposed especially airplanes. Bruce Campbell decided to purchase a 727 airplane for $100,000 and after putting an additional $100,000 into the project was able to transform the aircraft into his full time residence. Over 500 expensive airliners are retired every year, providing a lot of opportunity to repurpose and there are a lot of benefits of living in a plane.
Airplanes are extremely air tight, which makes it efficient, keeping out bugs and water and keeping in heat. Campbell has been so pleased with his project, that he is helping others make the conversion. Although it does not seem practical, airplane homes could be a thing of the future. Check out Campbell’s airplane website and see if it right for you!
Akron, Ohio: Electronics are wasted everyday. Our prized possessions can become useless in a blink of an eye, once the screen is cracked. Researchers from the University of Akron, think they have solved this problem by making our smartphones unbreakable, or at least unlikely to crack.
A coating that can be applied to the smartphones glass made of copper nanowires will not only make it stronger but also flexible. Made from indium tin oxide, it works seamlessly with electronics and completely transparent. It is just a matter of time before this coating is universally utilized with all types of electronics.
Rogue River, Oregon: Normally when we hear of stories involving animals and dumpster there is not a happy ending, however this is not the case! Bunny rabbit theft is an issue that has plagued Great Beginnings School for months. After searching for the stolen bunnies came to an unsuccessful end, all hope was lost.
A man named Ralph Rodan was combing a dumpster for cans, made a shocking discovery. Rodan was able to find the Class Pet and returned it to the school unharmed. It is still unclear of how the bunny ended up in the dumpster but authorities are still on the case.
Dublin, Ireland: Sticking with the dumpster discovery theme, a interesting tale comes out of the Emerald Isle. In 2010, a 4,000-year-old necklace was stolen from a residence safe. The authorities were able to catch the thieves, but the contents of the stolen safe were ditched in a dumpster. After detectives put in countless hours, the necklace was located in a Dublin dumpster.
The necklace, named the Lunala, weighs 78 grams and is a truly priceless piece of art dating back to 2,300 B.C. Now the necklace is safely secured in the National Museum of Ireland. Luckily waste removal is so advanced that we are able to find things accidentally thrown away. If this were to occur just 20 years ago, this necklace may have been gone for good.