Archive for March, 2008

Les Petits Hommes Verts de Douglas Brodoff

Monday, March 31, 2008

One of my favorite things about keeping a trash blog, as I like to mention here, is that it not only allows me to find and report on things that interest me, but for people to find me themselves and pass on interesting tidbits. This morning was one of those days. I woke up, checked my email and found a nice note from Douglas Brodoff, an American artist living in France whose ongoing series “Petits Hommes Verts” or “Little Green Men” honors the sanitation workers of Paris on canvas and in photographs.

Douglas Brodoff

Take a click through, I think you’ll enjoy what you see. Pictured here is Brodoff’s “Les ordures dorment jamais” or “Refuse Never Sleeps”. I love the pink light of Paris used in such a trashy context.

For more on Parisian trash, revisit old posts on the poubelle and its namesake.

The Story of Stuff

Friday, March 28, 2008

home-digger.gif All star tipster, Dumpster Taoist, turned me on to this adorable and horrific video explanation of the dangers and true cost of consumption.  Pass it on.

Reblogging: Edible Tableware

Thursday, March 27, 2008

edible-tableware-bowl-close-up.jpg Check out this TreeHugger post on dishes and chopsticks made by a Japanese company out of biscuit dough…perfect for zero waste picnics!

Photo via dezeen

Haute Trash

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Troupe de Trash will mark another year of trashtastic fashion this Friday at their annual show in California. This year’s theme: “It’s easy being green.”

Photo by Kristin Oliver via

Mozzarella, the unsung victim of the Neopolitan trash wars

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I love it when the NYTimes does trash.


Photo by Marco Di Lauro via

Belizian Trash Billboards

Sunday, March 23, 2008



Photos taken by my mom.

Fun Book

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Everydaytrash returns to nearly every day posting on Monday.  In the meantime, please amuse yourselves with this Michael Recycle fun book.



Trash Survey to Help Theatre Group

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Internet connections in Kampala have been terrible this week. Please excuse the infrequent postings. Below is an invitation to keep track of your trash on the 9th. I’ll be participating from Africa, hope you will too!


I am artistic director of THE COMBUSTIBLES, a New York based physical theater company making original, ensemble-based work. We conduct explorations into the impulses of movement, the poetry of text, and the mysteries of objects. We strive to create green, less wasteful theatre, while launching thrilling and unexpected new works. The company’s current project is DETRITUS, a dark and comic tale about New York City’s trash.

The company has been reading your blog as a part of our research process of gathering source material and information on trash. I wanted to share with you what we are working on and to extend an invitation. As a part of our research we are conducting a day survey project on Friday March 7th. On this day all participants will join the company in keeping a record of their day, especially with regards to trash. Would you be interested in participating? Also, would you be willing to post something on everydaytrash announcing the project and as an open call for participants? Being able to reach the large and diverse community of readers of everydaytrash would be amazing for this project and for the company.

Please let me know if any of this interests you. I am excited about starting a dialogue with you
and would love to talk more with you about our company and find out more about your work.

Anne Sorce

More info about DETRITUS:
Remember the 5 pounds of trash you neatly tied up and tossed into the can outside yesterday? What would you do if the contents came back to haunt you? In DETRITUS, five creatures from the underworld bring back to the surface what you thought you’d disposed of forever.
Inspired by New York’s trash, these grotesques and bouffons will keep you laughing, even as the terrifying facts about waste spill into your laps.

More info about the survey:
Responses to the survey will be a vital part of the creation of DETRITUS.
The instructions and form for the survey are included below.
Friday March 7th is the day. Please email surveys to

For more information, please explore

The aim of the day’s survey is to discover what happened to each
Observer on that particular day, especially in regards to waste. ABOVE AND BEYOND, we are interested in what waste you produced today. If you don’t do anything else, pay particular attention to this and report it.

What is required is primarily a factual statement; then an account of any feelings he/she had which seem sufficiently important or noteworthy for record.

1) State your name, address, age, sex, married or single, politics or
religion, if any, very briefly.
2) State your job or occupation during the day. (State whether it was
a normal day for you, or if abnormal, in what way.)
3) State your health on the day in question.
4) Describe briefly and factually the events of your day, giving
times; please make particular note of any material (solid, liquid or gas) that you disposed of, recycled, burned. However ordinary the events and objects may seem to you, they are of interest in this inquiry.
5) Keep your feelings out of 3-6. Then describe your feelings about any of the waste during the day, if possible, in a final selection.

The following suggestions may of assistance:
*Try to write down notes as frequently as possible. Do not interrupt
anything to do so.
*In all cases it should be stated when the observations were written
down, and when finally written up.

Trashtastic Tuesday with Frieso Boning

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Tuesday comes early this week as I pack up for a wee hiatus. This week we check in Frieso Boning, the trashy mastermind behind The Winnipeg Trash Museum (first garblogged by Visible Trash).


everydaytrash: The Winnipeg Trash Museum has been described alternately as a grant proposal, art exhibit, dream, myth and reality. How would you describe what it is exactly?

Boning: The Winnipeg Trash museum is all of these things. Let me describe it exactly. It was first an idea. A simple little idea combining a love of the abused and used, the lost, the discarded and the abandoned with a love of THE MUSEUM – ( use any dictionary definition). The Winnipeg Trash Museum then became a grant proposal and failed as such on two different occasions, much to the consternation of many, including a financially strapped artist. With the moral and financial support of ACE ART, Winnipeg’s premiere artist run co-operative the work was finally realized as an art exhibit. The exhibition took about three years to develop and put together. It was exhibited from September 13 to October 13, 2007 at ACE ART in Winnipeg. So the dream of creating an exhibit about creating the Trash Museum Project was realized. But what about the museum? What about the dream? Well if I had a million dollars for every positive comment I had about the show and its content and meaning, we’d be breaking the ground for the museum tomorrow. The reality is that the Winnipeg Trash Museum has become, in many senses, mythical in its proportions. It now exists solely in the minds and hearts of all the people who attended the exhibit and the vision lives on in every bit of debris and piece of garbage that is noticed on a sidewalk, street or field, and then imagined upon.


everydaytrash: How did you first become interested in trash and what got you started on this project?

Boning: I have had a lifelong interest in trash and garbage and this interest has, throughout my career, found its way into my practice. Back in 1983 I constructed a series of sculptures made up entirely of garbage. The works were called “Animals of the City” and the works, when completed, were returned to the streets to be discovered and possibly recovered or simply not noticed. That’s one early example. Fast Forward. The Winnipeg Trash Museum‘s origin was inspired by two things that, when connected, became the project. The first inspirational element was my interest in the architectural competition for the design of our city’s proposed Museum of Human Rights and a strange desire I had to build my own museum. At about the same time, in the early spring of 2005, I began collecting little bits of garbage and debris that emerged from the melting snow. What broke things open was seeing the form a building in a collected pile of junk. I recognized it as a museum. A museum about Trash.


everydaytrash: While many artists who deal with issues of waste and consumption stick to the serious side of the subject matter, your work seems to employ a lot of satire. Is trash inherently funny?

Boning: Some people felt I had my “tongue firmly planted in my cheek”, and that I was primarily interested in sending up, not just environmentalism and serious museological practice, but also the proposed new museum of human rights. Some people thought of the idea as benignly quixotic and that I was just plain crazy. None of this is true. I knew from the start that this project was going to be a hard sell. So I employed an often subversive humorous and satirical stance to make my voice heard, to communicate the more sensitive and meaningful things that underlie the Trash Museum project. Trash is not inherently funny to me. I see it as a subject that can be examined in any number of ways: scientifically, sociologically, psychologically, historically, culturally and even poetically. I am most interested in the bathos and pathos of trash. You have only to take a long look at the “Children of the Landfill” or Ann Lawler’s “If Combs Could Speak” to understand.


Photos generously provided by Boning

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