Archive for April, 2009

End of the world postponed until June

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A while back I mentioned the End of the Waste World Supermarket hosted by New York’s trash worshipers, the Yanbukis. Please note, the universe will carry on for a few extra weeks before this apocalyptic celebration takes place. The new date is June 12th, details to come. In the meantime, local trashies/yankubis should commit the following occasions and locations to memory, starting THIS WEEKEND:

Yanbuki flyer

Yanbuki flyer

On Sunday, April 26th and starting at 3pm: A “To Waste or Not to Waste” forum followed by a live audiovisual performance. Yankubis are instructed to bring big ideas and slow food to La Plaza Cultural Garden (one of the most wonderful venues/spots in New York; attending events at La Plaza is a real treat you should take advantage of if you’ve never done so before).

On May 1st (aka Decorative Dumpster Day),there will be a Mayday Trash Worship Gathering—to include “waste instrumentation”—honoring “Anuki, god of all tides, from 3pm until nightfall at Grand Street Ferry Park in Williamsburg.

Check in with Viatico Art Magazine for future updates.

But is it doing any good?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Elizabeth Royte covers the “Zero-Waste Zealots” in the trashy new issue of MoJo.

Goldman Prize awarded to trash activist

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

One of this years seven recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize is Yuyun Ismawati, 44, from Indonesia. Ismawati has been awarded for her work related to the growing challenges of trash on small islands, where trash storage space is scarce and poses an obvious threat to the land and community.

Ismawati has a long history in activism, advocacy and NGO work related to recycling and tra$h. For a full description check out her bio at the Goldman Environmental Prize web. One thing too cool not to mention though, is that Ismawati last year contributed strongly in developing Indonesia’s first-ever bill on waste management and waste management strategy! Hurrah!

Hope you’re having a Trashtastic Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Victor, The Lorax, Leila - photo by Nina Brennder www.ninabphoto.com

Victor, The Lorax, Leila - photo by Nina Brenner http://www.ninabphoto.com

Smelly trash and resistent bacterial floras

Monday, April 20, 2009

The smelly trash (also known as poo) we all produce is normally taken care of (where there’s enough water) in sewage treatment works, to be cleaned. A  study from Linköping Univeristy (in Sweden) has now concluded that resistent bacterial flora, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA), has the ability to survive this process. This becomes a problem for example in hospitals, where washing your hands all of a sudden isn’t that patient friendly. Apparently, the problem is worst in the UK, France and Japan.

In the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Åke Hjelm, Information Officer at the University, describes the discovery as a “world sensation”, as previous studies have come to the opposite conclusion. Myself, I just long even more for the outhouse at our family’s coniferous forest cottage.

The War on Pirates

Monday, April 20, 2009

…is rooted in trash. Nuclear waste to be specific. So reports Al Jazeera.

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

UPDATE: I’ve been reading conflicting things about pirates and trash. One camp thinks they’re eco-warriers or robin hoods, the other side thinks they are making it all up or selling Somali people an underdog narrative that sugarcoats the darker side of, well, piracy. Everyone seems to agree that pirates do bad things and that Somalia’s particular misfortune is the root cause of piracy. This freshly posted AP article gives some background.

Analysts blame Somalia’s nearly 20 years of lawlessness for fueling piracy’s rise.

Years ago, foreign trawlers began taking advantage of Somalia’s civil war to fish its waters illegally and dump toxic waste there. Vigilante Somali fishermen tried to defend their shores, and later morphed into full-blown pirates.

Attacks have risen markedly in recent weeks, and brigands hold at least 17 other ships and around 300 crew.

Green Market pic phest

Sunday, April 19, 2009

People at the Hopewell Valley Green Market expressed great surprise over everydaytrash.com coming “all the way” from Brooklyn to the market this weekend. All you city kittens, please take a look and see what you missed.

Our space with lovely new banner

Our space with lovely new banner

Organizer and trash superhero Tom Adelman

Organizer and trash superhero Tom Adelman

Upcycled medical equipment

Upcycled medical equipment

From flooding debris to birhouses

From flooding debris to birhouses

What does this mean?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

As regular followers know, everydaytrash.com went to Hopewell Valley Green Market this weekend, to represent and absorb new ideas. At the entrance to the Market, the following public information was posted. Very useful and very cute!

u.s. mayors climate protection agreement

u.s. mayors climate protection agreementWhat does this mean?What does this mean?

So, what does this mean?

So, what does this mean?

What it really means!

What it really means!

Origin Myth

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey there, new readers. Everydaytrash.com has had a bit of a growth spurt recently and it occurs to me some of you might be wondering what this site is all about. While we champion happy confusion, here are some bits of historical and autobiographical information for the unsatisfied among you.

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  • Everydaytrash.com is a blog about the art and politics of the world through the lens of garbage.
  • I started everydaytrash back in August of ’06 with a post entitled “This is a blog about trash.
  • I like to make up words. Like “garblogging,” “garblog” and “garblogger”.
  • A Short History of Garblogging can be found here.
  • Last November, I recruited my friend Victor to write for everydaytrash.com  from Stockholm. Last month he moved to Brooklyn.
  • Now there are two of us and everydaytrash.com is growing from an extension of my trash-obsessed personality to a multi-voiced conversation about art, power, people, politics and waste.
  • We love comments.
  • And trash tips. Send us your story ideas!
  • We are on Facebook and Twitter.
  • We are part of a larger online community, as evidenced by the ever-growing side bar list of Garbloggers and Greenloggers. We encourage you to check them out as well.

xoxo

Leila

Jersey rules!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

We had the BEST time at the Hopewell Valley Green Market yesterday and collected many story ideas and photos to share with you in the coming weeks. Before we dig into that juicy green goodness, though, I’d like to send a special shout out to Tom Adelman for organizing an amazing event. Thanks for having us, Tom! And thanks for planting this blush-worthy description of everdaytrash.com in the local paper.

Major players in the green movement have been booked for the market, such as clean power provider Sterling Planet, recycled product masterminds Terracycle and EverydayTrash.com’s Leila Darabi of Brooklyn, a revolutionary in the “garblogging” world who will be discussing interesting uses for trash and who Adelman says is “an Internet legend.”

See you in September at the next green market!

Decorative Dumpster Day Details

Friday, April 17, 2009

ddd-loDecorative Dumpster Day is fast approaching, so let us know if you’d like to participate. The rules are simple: Post a photo of a decorated dumpster or other trash receptical and link back to the three host blogs: Olympia Dumpster Divers, The Visible Trash Society and everydaytrash.com.  In return, we’ll be linking to ALL the participating sites to create a giant web of dumpster images.

To get the party started, Ltttle Shiva designed this trashtastic logo for the event, please feel free to use it. Text to accompany your images is entirely up to your own discretion/imagination. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

YTLiveGreen

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A whole bunch of companies—The New York Times and nytimes.com, Grist, PlanetGreen, GreenCar, Rueters, mkd, eHow, Better, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and HowCast—teamed up to make this snazzy YouTube channel on living a greener life. What do you think?

Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania

I have to say, National Geographic is good with the ads. The Sun Chips contest linked from YTLiveGreen is ALMOST as compelling as the Waste Management ads on the Garbage Moguls page alerting us to the fact that their Florida landfill with soon be an ELEPHANT RESERVE. As a New Yorker whose landfill was closed only to be replaced by a tax hike to pay for expensive waste hauling contracts to drive my trash to other states, I find it very hard to praise ANYTHING the WM conglomorate does. But on the issue of elephants, I might just have to waver and say hells yeah.

Watch the Ice

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Reading another report on global climate change impacts, this time written by professors Markku Rummukainen (the  Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) and Erland Källén (Department of Meteorology,  Stockholm University). They draw many conclusions, but the one striking closest to home is the alarming rate of melting ice.

Recent studies of land ice sensitivity to atmospheric warming and land ice melting rates suggest that future sea level rise may be higher than the values reported in AR4. The total sea level rise may be around one meter in the coming one hundred years. These estimates are still very uncertain

The dramatic reduction in Arctic sea ice cover during the years 2007 and 2008 could be the first observed threshold effect or “tipping point” in the climate system. A confirmation of this depends on how persistent the sea ice reduction will be in the next few years.

We want less of these

We want less of these

Overall, Rummukainen and Källén draw the conclusion that all earlier predictions seem more likely than ever to be correct, and that things are probably worse. One could also call it business as usual among scientists.

EDIT: For a more personal presentation of the Arctic, check out Baffin Babes – 80 days in the Arctic!

Nuclear tra$h, also as US import

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The next hyper-dangerous load will go from plants in Italy to the Utah desert, reports Treehugger. How terribly silly.

Testing out nuclear trash storage in Jordan?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Last week Jordan announced that the USA will design and construct storage facilities for Jordanian nuclear and radioactive trash. The facilities are expected to hold the ultra-toxic energy residue for about 50 years, so we’re not talking terminal storage here, since noone really seems to have a sollution for that. Surprisingly few communities around the world seem eager to want to live on top of deeply buried radioactives that will sit tight for about 1 000 000 years.

However, the fact that the Jordanian plant will be deployed wholly by the USA is interesting. Does it suggest a special nuclear-tight relationship between the two states? Or does it rather suggest that clever negotiators in the US Departments of Energy and Defense, together with the Environmental Protection Agency, put their heads together and found a way to test new ideas? Then again, it could just be global capitalism.


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