Renew welcomes Anne Martinelli to the new position of Sustainable Housing Advocate. Anne is responsible for Renew’s advocacy for sustainable housing policy.
When it comes to implementing circular economy, it looks for the current linear model to “close the life-cycle” of products, services, waste, materials, water, and energy.
If you are a tea lover, you have probably wondered if there were any creative uses for your used tea bags. I know I have! I absolutely adore tea. My pantry is stocked with containers of both loose leaf and bagged varieties. Every morning, I find myself sipping an energizing green tea and evenings often include something soothing and relaxing like a caffeine-free, herbal tea. As a result of my tea passion, I end up with a lot of used tea bags over the course of the week. What do you do with used tea bags rather than throwing them away? Below are a few creative ways to put your used tea bags to work!
Engineers at ANU have invented a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can convert electricity into light very efficiently, and it is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as mobile phones bendable (Advanced Materials, “Efficient and Layer-Dependent Exciton Pumping across Atomically Thin Organic–Inorganic Type-I Heterostructures”). The invention also opens the door to a new generation of high-performance electronic devices made with organic materials that will be biodegradable or that can be easily recycled, promising to help substantially reduce e-waste.