Archive for June, 2007

Reblog: Ecobags

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

eco-bags.jpg  I’m a little behind in reading other people’s blogs these days, but last night came across this somewhat dated but still fantastic post on Cool Hunting highlighting the latest in hip alternatives to plastic shopping bags.  Enjoy.  They’re from Japan, so you know they’re cool.

Trashtastic Tuesday: The Language of Trash

Monday, June 11, 2007

  This week on Trashtastic Tuesday, we take a moment to examine the word choice of trash talk.  In discussing our respective passions for the narrow yet highly bloggable subjects of chocolate and trash, my friend Emily Stone and I decided to dedicate a post each to language.  Below is a compilation of links to what the experts have to say about garbology, the concept of zero waste, sustainability and solid waste.  These are terms essential to the understanding of broader trash issues.  [Editor’s note:  In fact, if everydaytrash were a European blog, I would long ago have been kicked off the Internet for failing to define the key terms up front before marching on to present a solid argument in outline form.  Aplogies to any Europeans I may have confused in the past, consider this a new leaf.] 

Check out Chocolate in Context for a parellel glossery (with far more original reporting, I might add).  And while you’re over there, vote for Emily.  She’s <this> close to a free trip to California from some contest called “Grill Me.”

  • Wikipedia, almighty Internet resource, compiles the goods on garbology, the archeological study of people via sifting through what they throw away;
  • Gary Liss of the Grass Roots Recycling Network (GRRN) lays out the top resources on zero waste, the jihad againt excess;
  • Green fashion diva fiftyRx3 defines sustainability, the quest for lasting solutions to environmental problems;
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency redefines solid waste, the kind of trash the government collects.

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Weekly Compactor (belated, but awesome)

Monday, June 11, 2007

This week in trash news:

Trash Hiatus

Friday, June 8, 2007

Travelling for a couple of days, the weekly compactor will be posted over the weekend.  Excuse the delay!

Trash City

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

city_designchallenge.jpg  As someone who reads a lot of garbage headlines, I can say with authority that Toronto is way into trash.  Media stories about how to green a community, waste export policy debates and grassroots organizing around reducing waste quite often carry Toronto datelines.  So, I wasn’t that surprised to see the local weekly, Eye Weekly focus on trash for an Earth Day special in a stellar compilation of blogworthy articles (thanks for the link, mom).

My favorite piece is an overview of the publications recent design challenge to build a better trash can.  Check out what the judges had to say about the three most innovative contenders.  The idea behind the contest was to build a vessel that would allow consumers to separate their waste, recognizing the diversity of what we throw away and the various places it should go.  Too cool.
I’m torn between the “JUSTDESIGN” and “TRASHIE” models.

Trashtastic Tuesday with the Composting Crew

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

compost11.jpg This week on Trashtastic Tuesday, we check in with some Middle Schoolers at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. This year, the students are taking part in a “Cafeteria Expedition,” an interactive project to improve and better understand school cafeterias. Alex Perez, Stephanie Rodriguez, Steven Ruiz, Grabriella Bobe and T.J. Bodden—members of the 8th grade composting crew—were nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions for everydaytrash.

everydaytrash: Why should a school like yours have a composting program?

Composting Crew: The reason why all schools should have a composting program is because we generate a lot of waste and composting can reduce that amount.



everydaytrash: How does reducing waste help your school?

Composting Crew: Because we are making it into something useful.




everydaytrash: How did you choose what kind of composting system to use?

Composting Crew: We went to the Botanic Gardens and saw what different kinds of composting bins that they had and choose which one we liked and would be best for our needs.

everydaytrash: What kinds of materials did you need to get started?

Composting Crew: We needed pallets, screws, nails, buckets, and waste. We had the pallets donated by Lowe’s and we carried them back to school.



everydaytrash: Who uses the composting soil you create?

Composting Crew: Every single person in our school will be able to use it. The first will be the grade school kids who will use it for their planters. After that we will donate it to locals for their gardens. Thank you for showing interest in our project. We learned a lot from this Cafeteria Expedition.


Photos courtesy of the incomparable Peter Hoppmann—friend, neighbor and middle school teacher extraordinaire.

Trash TV

Sunday, June 3, 2007

thumb.jpg  Check out this hip little video from Current TV.  Episode “World of Trash” takes a closer look at what we throw away, where it goes and what can be done to reduce the flow.  Sound familiar? 

 It’s great to see trash out there as a hot topic in an ever greener world.  This is a great 101 to share with friends new to the wonky fascination.

Weekly Compactor

Friday, June 1, 2007

1_ylwtruk.jpg This week in trash news:

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