Archive for May, 2010


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Attention trashies! Gertrude Berg, whom you may remember as the Pick Up Artist, has just completed a gorgeous and clever new project called DumpsterVoid. The idea is this: take all those strangely-shaped scraps discarded by the garment industry and, without cutting them, sew them into fresh new designs.


It’s a treat for the eye, a challenge for the designer and a fantastic reuse for all those identically cut scraps generated by the mass production of clothes. Click through to see more of the collection and creative process.

AVAC Memories

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I’m finally going to see the Fast Trash exhibit on Roosevelt Island this weekend. Sadly, my Saturday schedule does not allow time for this TRASH THEMED MUSICAL THEATER. Sigh. Next year.

Roosevelt Island trash tubes

Saturday, May 22, 5pm

Live musical theater “AVAC Memories” in Gallery RIVAA: “AVAC Memories” tells the story of five pieces of household waste who are tossed into a Roosevelt Island garbage can and, together, go on a thrilling journey through the AVAC sanitation system. As they are dropped down garbage chutes, sucked through pneumatic tubes, crunched in a compactor and shipped off to the dump in a garbage barge, our grimy heroes learn some valuable lessons about friendship, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Please join us for this short live performance followed by a Q and A with the creators.

“AVAC Memories” was written by Frederick Alden Terry (music) and John Herin (lyrics). The original production was directed by Dev Bondarin and produced by the Prospect Theater Company in April 2009.

Freshkills trash talk

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mark your calendars, NYC trashies. Freshkills Park is sponsoring a series of talks this summer. Here are details on the next one. And you don’t even have to go to Staten Island to hear it.

Freshkills Park

The Design of South Park, Phase One at Freshkills Park
Tatiana Choulika, Senior Associate at landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations, will present the first phase of design for South Park, one of the five sections of Freshkills Park. At 425 acres, South Park comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscape within the extraordinary Freshkills Park site.  It is envisioned as a connected series of overlooks, meadows and recreational facilities including walking and biking paths, softball fields, play areas and event spaces.  This phase of South Park will also be the first project allowing public access to the top of one of the mounds, with expansive views of Staten Island and beyond.
Wednesday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m.
@ The Arsenal, 4th floor
830 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Free. No RSVP necessary.

Haute Trash on Facebook

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I’ve long been a fan of the Haute Trash collective, but my appreciation has grown since joining their Facebook page and becoming privy to a daily curation of the goings on in trashion. Social mediaheads are encouraged to “Like” this page as well.


Freshkills Park announces haiku winner

Friday, May 14, 2010

The second annual Freshkills Park haiku contest is over. Check out the winners of the adult and student categories over at their blog.

Donate pet hair to help clean up the oil spill

Friday, May 14, 2010

I spotting this inhabitat post via unconsumption. Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to repurposing existing goods to prevent excess consumption will take your dog or cat hair and send that superabsorbant stuff to the Gulf of Mexico to help clean up the oil spill. Rad.

photo via inhabitat


Friday, May 7, 2010

Whoops, meant to alert the masses earlier on this one. The trash art extravaganza “ScrapCycle (reUSE/reCOMBINE)” opens tonight at Devotion Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Ari Tabei

For more on the opening, click here.  For more on the group show, workshop and performances click here. Addmission to each event is a piece of trash,  so you know it’s our kind of party. The show runs through May 30th.

Trashtastic Tuesday with Ryan Hicks

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This week we feature reflections from friend Ryan Hicks after running his first half marathon. Congrats to Ryan finishing in just a hair over two hours! We have side cramps just thinking about it.

On Sunday, my brother Rob, his fiancée Alison and I ran our first half marathon in Vancouver, BC. While it was a fantastic experience which I’m sure we will all do again soon, as newcomers to this sport we had to marvel at the litterbug behavior on display.

Marathon trash

In general my impression of the typical runner is someone who is affluent, urban, progressive, and if not outright environmentally minded then certainly civically engaged. For example the typical runner would never consider littering during an everyday neighborhood training session, once in a crowd of 15,000 runners, all sense of personal responsibility gets thrown out the window. This was especially evident at every hydration station, where little plastic cups so thoroughly covered the street that Rob said “that’s not fortune cookies!” in his best Short Round accent. Elsewhere in the run you could find hundreds of discarded power gel packets and energy bar wrappers, despite there being a trash can every half-mile or so. Is it a sense of entitlement that you can’t hold on to your empty foil packet while you run a couple hundred feet to the trash can or is it a lack of personal responsibility that comes from being a part of such a large group? Even more surprising than the beverage and food containers were the discarded gloves, hats and outer layers of clothing that were frequently kicked aside during the run. Rumor has it that it’s a common practice for runners to buy a few outer layers at Good Will that are meant to be discarded mid-race.

On the bright side I was very impressed with Brita’s sponsorship of the festival, which meant zero plastic water bottles were available at hydration stations and at the start/finish lines. I also admired a used running shoe donation center. Considering that serious runners replace their shoes every year or so, a donation center makes great sense. I have two old pairs in the back of my closet that I would have gladly donated had I known about this program.

Photo by ALaws via Flickr.

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