Aside from plastic pollution, the world also has a big problem when it comes to styrofoam – those ubiquitous materials often used as disposable coffee cups, coolers, or as protective packaging cushion for appliances and others.
Suffice it to say that styrofoam is considered an environmental hazard since they create a lot of waste. In California, for example, only 1% of styrofoam is being recycyled, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Fortunately, one boy is doing something about the problem.
Meet young inventor Ashton Cofer who, along with his team of three other students, have found a better way to recycle styrofoam.
First and foremost, recycling styrofoam is often considered too expensive compared with recycling plastic, for example. On top of that, there is always the risk of potential contamination that’s why styrofoam recycling is not as widely done.
Thanks to Ashton and his team, that may soon change.
Ashton shared in his TED talk:
“My team hypothesized that we could use the carbon that is already in styrofoam to create activated carbon, which is used in almost every water filter today.”
He further explained:
“Activated carbon works by using very small micropores to filter out contaminants from water or even air.”
By his own admission, it was a series of trial-and-error but the good thing was the team never gave up.
As Ashton enthusiastically said about their discovery:
“With the right temperatures, times, and chemicals, we finally got that successful test result showing us that we had created activated activated carbon from styrofoam waste.”
So yes, through this award-winning project, these brilliant kids were able to reduce styrofoam waste and create activated carbon for purifying water, “solving two global problems with just one solution,” he remarked.
Watch Ashton Cofer’s full TED speech here:
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Woman Bus Driver Lets Homeless Man Stay on Bus All Night, Then Treats Him to a Free Meal
Sometimes, a simple act of kindness can mean the whole world to another person.
One cold night in Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Transit System and one of its bus drivers have been instrumental in extending an act of kindness to a homeless man. Unlike most compassionate act, this one did not go unnoticed. In fact, it was all caught on camera.
Natalie Barnes, a female bus driver, was driving her usual route when a man, identified only as Richard, got on her bus and told her that he had just lost his home. Natalie had replied, "Well, I'm on this bus 'til 2:44. You want to stay with me then?"
Stranger Holding A Mom’s Baby While She Does Paperwork Melts Everyone’s Heart
It only takes a simple act of kindness from a stranger to restoring your faith in humanity.
The internet has undoubtedly changed the world we live in, and it can often be a rather grim place, especially when it comes to stealing someone’s privacy or making a person the object of public shaming. However, there are some images that appear on the World Wide Web that melt our hearts and go viral for all the right reasons.
A picture showing a simple act of kindness has touched more than a million hearts around the world. Natasha Wilson of Florence, Alabama, captured a special moment that shows a stranger holding a woman’s baby so that she can get her paperwork done at a doctor’s office.
21 Everyday Heroes That Make Our World A Better Place
#5 makes my heart melt.
We’ve read and heard about heroes in school, so we have always been aware of these selfless people and animals since we were small. Little did we know that these heroes don’t only live in our books or documentaries, they can also be everyday people like you and me.
There are no small or big gestures to be considered a hero. The most important part is that you did the act whole-heartedly. Here are 21 everyday heroes that make our world a better place to live in.
1. A firefighter in Oregon after a 32-hour shift. The photographer says that the man sat down and within seconds was asleep.