Archive for October, 2011

Newsworthy Trash Can

Friday, October 28, 2011

A trashtastic example of a decorative dumpster sent in by long lost contributing editor. Tack, Victor!

Decorative Dumpster in Sweden


Upcycling in Kisumu, Kenya

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Deepest apologies for the long gap in posts. I’ve been traveling nonstop for the day job and barely have time to sleep, let alone brave slow internet connections to upload photos and information. That’s not to say I haven’t been collecting trashtastic content. For example, women who take part in income generating activities with the Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET) upcycle plastic water bottles as zero waste packaging for the liquid soap they make and sell.

Woman sifts base for bar soap, liquid soap bottles in the background

Woman with finished liquid soap product

Young women training at KMET’s empowerment center learn marketable skills like tailoring. To practice, they use flour sacks and cardboard for patterns and swaths.

Young women practice stitching on recycled paper

Young women practice tailoring using patterns upcylced from empty sacks

Thanks for your patience, trashies. I’m in Ethiopia this week. Stay tuned for additional updates from East Africa.

Low Waste Wedding: Librarian Edition

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Remember those card catalog cards the Brooklyn Museum was giving away? Well, my librarian friend, Jennie, also scored a batch and put them to excellent use. At her beautiful fall wedding last weekend, we looked up our names to find our table assignments.

Card Catalog

My friend Myra models our cards

The happy couple

Congratulations Jennie and Ben!

Compost Mobile

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Compost Mobile is a neat new project in Miami that matches people with food scraps to urban farmers in need of compost. The rallying call? “We want your scraps!” They are also the first ever recipient of an Awesome Food Grant. More here.

Thanks for the tip, Soraya!

The trashtastic journey

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Remember that high tech tagging project to map waste streams called Trash Track? Well, this morning via Visible Trash, I discovered that they now have an amazing intro video featuring the award-winning data visualization to come out of the project.

Science follows art. Part of what I love about this project is that it reminds me of tagging butterflies, something my kindergarten class once did. We pressed tiny number stickers to the wings of Monarchs in the hopes that researchers down in Mexico would spot them and write them down. I wonder if anyone is using electronic tags to create magical animated infographics of butterfly migration. I shall investigate.

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