Archive for the ‘Garblogging’ Category

Monday, August 2, 2010

We have a new, easy to remember url for our Facebook page. Pass it on.

Ask a Garbologist

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The fabulous Dr. Robin Nagle, Anthropologist in Residence for the Department of Sanitation of New York, is taking trashy questions over at City Room. I posted one about waste policies. Got burning quesitons of your own? Here’s your chance to ask an expert!

Dr. Robin Nagle

For more on the woman behind such a cool job title, check out the Trashtastic Tuesday Q&A she granted back in 2008.

What’d I miss?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Apologies, trashies. I didn’t mean to go so long without sharing neat garbage-related stuff with you. It’s been a wee bit hectic lately: I’m changing jobs, I spent a week in Burkina Faso with limited internet access and I’m gearing up to go see a few games of the World Cup in South Africa next week. I share all that not to brag about my awesome summer, but to offer piddly excuses for slow updates of late. Oh, and Victor moved back to Sweden, where he’s been busy with his dream job. Anyway, hiatus ends now. I missed you! Post updates in the comments if there’s important waste news I’ve overlooked in the interim. xoxo Leila

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.


Upcycling your card

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Etsy Trashion blog has a handy pair of posts up about eco-friendly business cards up. The first covers how to make them yourself, the second how to get them printed.

DIY businesss cards

Several years into garblogging, I still don’t use a card. It’s a waste issue that’s had me conflicted for a while. Maybe this year I’ll get it together and make a snappy set of DIYs.

Keep it off Trash Island!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Please enjoy this guest post by our friend Alexandra Ringe:

I spent this past week hunting plastic on the beach of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean has its own version of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and I redirected as much plastic detritus as I could from the shore to, well, the landfill.

Wish you were here

I couldn’t stand the thought of walking by a plastic bag that would later drift out to the undulating mass of petroleum product sitting in the Sargasso Sea, maybe choking a bird along the way.

I could let you think that this is a new obsession of mine, this attention to the beach’s accumulation of straws, candy wrappers, kegger cups, and everything else we make out of plastic. But that would be wrong. I grew up in Ventnor, New Jersey, about 100 ft. from the boardwalk. Whenever we went to the beach, my mother picked up other people’s litter in addition to our own trash. “Leave it better than when you found it” — that was her response to our neighbors’ quizzical looks.

Although she talked to me and my siblings about the impact of human garbage on marine life, my mom was driven only in part by a concern for the environment. She applied the “Leave it better” principle at the movie theater and the rest-stop picnic table, too — she felt responsible for the experience of the next person to come along. Her approach expands on the hiker’s “pack it in, pack it out” credo — if you bring something into the woods, you are honor-bound to take it out again — in a way that works especially well for the beach.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

A good deal of the trash I encounter doesn’t belong to negligent beachgoers. It blows in from the streets, floats in from boats and ships, or is too small and light to be caught by the tractor-like beach-cleaning machines that skim litter from the sand. Thanks to my mom, I have always seen this vagabond trash as ours, something I need to help pick up. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It feels too good to keep that chunk of crumbling styrofoam out of the sea.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

15 Trashspotting blogs” = the Best. Roundup. Ever.

And I’m not just saying that because we made the cut. This listing of “trashspotting” sites on the Construction Management Degree blog includes some of our favorite trashies—Last Night’s Garbage, The Visible Trash Society, 365 Days of Trash—as well as a most intriguing group of newcomers. I can’t wait to check out the Budapest Trashspotting Club.

Stay tuned for a bloated blogroll and reflections on the meaning of trashspotting.

Follow us on Facebook

Monday, January 4, 2010

One of the best ways to keep up to speed with happenings in the world of trash is to fan this blog on Facebook. Our streamed feed lets you know when new posts go live and the comments and thumbs up button allow you to tell us what you like and interact with other trashies. Join the conversation.

Trash Deactivation contest

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Calling all trashionistas: Ecotopia, a Polish website dedicated to fashion made from recycled materials, is hosting a contest to find the next great trashion design.


Contestants are asked to:

Create a new cloth, accessory or jewellery, which can be manufactured from items, things, materials which are not needed any more, redundant or broken and should be thrown away as thrash. Please, try not to buy new things – try to use only what you have available at hand. Strive to maintain simplicity in your project, but do not forget about the resourcefulness, comfort and materials which are available for your use.

Finalists and an ultimate winner will receive prizes and be featured in an online publication, “Trash Book”. Entries are due by February 1. For a complete list of rules, click here (and scroll down for English). Via the ETSY Trashion Team blog.

Paper shoes

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

If you are not already a regular reader, Art for Housewives should be part of your daily diet of nifty blog intake. Last night I discovered these lovely recycled paper shoes via A for H (nice to look at, though a bit steep in price given the materials…perhaps I’ll try to weave my own).

Paper shoes by Colin Lin

You may recall the same source led me to these hot fused plastic boots. It’s been an interesting year for upcycled footwear.

Staten Island Dump

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Just saw via that there’s a new Staten Island blog on the block. Staten Island Dump‘s tagline is “News. Music. Politics. Life. Gossip. Garbage.” I like the sound of that. Check out the site for such intellectually stimulating content as an interactive poll on the greatest Staten Islander of the decade. I’m torn between Dennis Coles and Diane Savino.

Trashy snowplows

Sunday, December 20, 2009

As we had about a foot or so of snow falling down on Brooklyn, I’ve been enjoying studying how my new home city deals with snow. First impression, not surprising, is that it melts away, seemingly before it has time to shift from white to exhaust pipe brown. Second impression, a tad more surprising, is that the necessary remowal of snow from streets is being carried out by trash trucks. Three questions pop up in my head:

  1. Why?
  2. What are refuse collectors going to use to collect trash while there’s snow on our streets?
  3. What happens to the system of picking up trash bags from the pavement when the pavements of our streets are covered in three feet of plowed snow?
Snowplow truck pictogram, by Kriss Szkurlatowski

Snowplow truck pictogram, by Kriss Szkurlatowski

Reblog: 12 Amazing Objects Made From Plastic Bags

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out this Treehugger slideshow. My favorite are these Peruvian shoes, which I saw for the first time on Art for Housewives.

Plastic bag shoes by Camila Labra


Monday, November 30, 2009

2 rad trash stories on other blogs today:

1) Freshkills Park offers an overview of Pulau Semakau, an island off the coast of Singapore made of trash.

2) Flavorpill shares photos of Egypt’s trash city.

Click through!

The Garbage Girl

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Did you catch the NYT piece on the garbage patch last week and/or check out the accompanying slide show? The author of that article is Lindsey Hoshaw, a freelance journalist who spent three weeks this summer aboard the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita on an expidition led by Captain Charles Moore to explore that great swatch of plastic in the sea. Check Hoshaw’s blog and puruse the archive for a first-hand account.

Notice the link to at the bottom of the NYT article. It’s a tool for freelancers to raise funds for  their reporting, supporters of which helped to finance Hoshaw’s research. How thoroughly modern.

Side note: in Googling links for this post, I came accross another Garbage Girl, a woman working at a landfill and blogging about it. Stay tuned for more on women and trash.

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