Archive for January, 2011

Card catalog cards!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The library at the Brooklyn Museum switched over to an online book archiving system and thus have no more use for the cards in their old card catalog. So they’ve been giving them away to artists, art of the book design students and, more recently, anyone who let’s them know what they plan to do with the cards. I wrote in and requested a bunch and arranged an appointment to pick them up. Stay tuned for literary upcycling updates.


I tried to pick cards that had some personal significance, which was not as hard as I’d imagined it would me. More on that later. In the meantime, when’s the last time you watched Party Girl?

A shout out from WE Magazine

Monday, January 24, 2011 just made WE Magazine’s list of sites written by “101 Women Bloggers to Watch”!

Trash is Cash

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thanks, Jasmine, for sharing a link to this amazing video made by Zuh-d and Wafalme & Makia, a group of kids from the slums of Nairobi.

Check the remix here. According to the caption on YouTube, they won a Positive Climate award from MTV for this video. Not surprising given the catchy and uplifting chourus: “No more Pollution (trash is cash!)/This my solution (trash is cash!)”

Side note: In two weeks I’ll be touring Kabira slum with another amazing group of slum kids. The trip is day-job focused, but I predict some urban trash stories and photos will be popping up here. Stay tuned.

Brooklyn Spaces

Friday, January 21, 2011

My friend Oriana, whose name you may recognize as a frequently-thanked tipster, has an amazing new blog project of her own called Brooklyn Spaces documenting creative use of space in our fine borough and interviewing the masterminds behind each project. The latest entry on the community garden and guerrilla gardening group Trees Not Trash will be of particular interest to readers of this blog.


Photo by Maximus Comissar (ripped from Brooklyn Spaces)

Members set up planters made from used tires and other recycled material around the Bushwick neighborhood, built a community garden out of a previously garbage-filled lot and have requested and helped to plant thousands of trees throughout the area.  Also, they have a cute tagline: “Putting the bush back in Bushwick.” Check it out Oriana’s interview with co-founder Kate here.

Kids in Cameroon make toy cars from trash

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Adorable video and post from the always-inspiring AfriGadget.

Decorative Dumpster Day 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mark your calendars, trashies. Decorative Dumpster Day 2011 will take place on May 1st across the garblogosphere.


In case you forgot, DDD is the biennial holiday during which we take a moment to think about where we are depositing our waste by posting photos on blogs of decorated trash receptacles. Here are some links to the inaugural event. Logo by Little Shiva of the Visible Trash Society who, along with Ruby Re-Usable of Olympia Dumpster Divers and co-founded this special day. Pass it on and start taking photos.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Apologies for the light posting of late. In the spirit of getting back on a regular schedule, I thought I’d first upcycle some posts from the past and recommend some of my favorite past snippets of trash info brought into my life by the blog. But first, I’d like to remind you that has a Facebook page. In addition to notification of new posts, we share interesting links and photos of trash from around the world such as this one from Agra, India (where I spent Christmas Day with my mother and sister).

Waiting in line to get into the Taj Mahal

Show your love of trash by going to, becoming a fan and sharing the page with your friends on Facebook.

Ok, end of pitch. While we regroup for 2011, please peruse these fond and trashy memories.

Indonesia beats, upcycled; Literary trash week; our entire Trashtastic Tuesday interview series; Decorative Dumpster Day; Trash Track; How the Fed disposes of old money; Joshua Harris’ bear and giraffe…and so many more. Check out the 4+ years of archives and stay tuned for new trash coming soon.


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