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French Fried Fuel

DC Biofuels, a Washington D.C. based company that focuses on producing clean and green biofuels for public transportation fleets is taking the french fry to a whole new level. The company has teamed up with Neighborhood Restaurant Group to use fryer oil from DC restaurants for fuel. DC Biofuels is proposing a 20:80 ratio for biofuel:diesel mixture in order to abide by current vehicle guidelines. ECOPRENEURIST 

Oil Alternatives

Before last December, gas prices in Tehran, Iran hovered at $0.38 per gallon, making much of Iran a private passenger car country. However, as of December 2010, prices have risen to $1.50 per gallon, causing the city to seek alternative transportation options. Over the past two years, Tehran has put in bike lanes and bus stations, and is expanding the subway systems as well. GOOD


Eco-luxury designer Linda Loudermilk has created a swimsuit derived from plant starch that will decompose in 180 days once buried in the ground -- a relief for those of us who feared the suit would disintegrate while we sunbathe by the surf. GRIST 


A NY based group called Macro-sea has launched a project called Glassphemy, which invites interested individuals to gather and smash glass beer bottles to relieve tension and promote recycling. The group believes that many NYC residents and businesses are not recycling glass bottles properly. Once the vessels are smashed, shards will be reused for creative art projects. NY Times via Green Blog