Posts Tagged ‘Leila Darabi’

My grandmother’s closet

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Zady, the company I told you about in this nepotistic post, is now live. Among the stories behind the brands featured on the site you will find an essay on my incredible grandmother who hated waste and who would be so proud of my sister and her friend Maxine for the business they launched today.

Trailer trash panel

Monday, September 13, 2010

This Sunday (9/19/10), is taking part in a trash-themed panel  moderated by artist Paul Lloyd Sargent as part of a project called “15 minutes, 15 people” on the Mobile Literacy Arts Bus (MLAB).


MLAB is a renovated RV that travels the country hosting educational events. It holds about 15 people, hence the project name. Now through September 24th, the RV is parked in front of the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (29 Orchard Street). And from 2-4pm on Sunday, Paul will host a panel on the disposal chain that will include trashies like myself and the amazing Robin Nagle, anthropologist in residence for the Department of Sanitation, New York City.

We’ve covered both Paul and Robin’s work in past posts. Most recently here and here.

Robin was also recently interviewed by The Believer so be sure to check that out.

Facebook invite to the overall MLAB event here.

I’m looking forward to filling a trailer with trash talk with these guys plus other trashies!  If you’re in NYC, stop on by. And let me know if you’re interested in a trash collecting walk beforehand. Paul is organizing one as part of a larger garbage art project.

University of Trash garblogging talk links

Sunday, August 2, 2009
University of Trash class

University of Trash class

In case you missed it, the team headed out to Long Island City, Queens yesterday to participate in the interactive installation project “University of Trash” created by Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman. Our contribution was a quick overview of some of the ways we and other garbloggers talk and track trash online followed by an informal conversation about trash and consumer culture. It was a fantastic event. We were very pleased by the supportive turnout (just look at how many people trecked all the way to Queens for and thrilled by the contributions everyone made during the open discussion. We learned a lot. Afterward, many of us headed to the new beer garden on the border of Long Island City and Astoria. We learned a lot there, too.

Here are links to the blogs I shared as well as some of the other resources and inspiration points Victor and I mentioned. Thanks again to all who came. It was great to see you IRL.

Garblogging links:

There are many ways to approach trash online. is the broadest of garblogs, posts on our site can cover any topic as long as there’s a trash angle.  The following are a few examples of other blogs I love that address trash in a variety of ways.

There are people who track their own waste like Sustainable Dave of 365 Days of Trash. Dave’s 365 days are up,  but his blog lives on as a wonderful resource for how to create less trash. For example, take a look at the bag he carries everywhere he goes and the tools of waste reduction within.

There is also a whole subgenre of garblogs focused on plastic. My favorite of these is Beth Terry‘s Fake Plastic Fish. Beth covers all kinds of cool plastic topics and at the top of her homepage you can always find a little chart of her monthly plastic use.

And of course, there are trash artists who can take a dull dry topic like solid waste management and make something fun and wonderful out of it. I consider Ruby Re-Usable of Olympia Dumpster Divers and Little Shiva of The Visible Trash Society my closest colleagues in the field of garblogging. Their work constantly inspires me and has consequently inspired a number of posts. Sometimes we even collaborate. See also Cynthia Korzekwa‘s  Art for Housewives.

In addition to artists making things out of garbage, there are also a few photographing trash in its native habitiat. Last Night’s Garbage is a wonderful blog to add to your reader—emphemeral photos paired with found text are uplodaed a few times a week. I didn’t have a chance to share these at the University of Trash, but Gutter Envy and Garbager also post trash photos.

And then there are the Upcyclers, taking recycling to a new level by finding reuses for objects that may be even better than the first use. Victor and I contribute to an Upcycling portal, which I encourage you to check out. Some of my favorite upcycling examples come from the Etsy Tashion street team. I’ve also been transfixed lately by artist Robert Fontenot‘s Recycle LACMA project.

Beyond upcycling there are blogs that focus on our consumer culture and point up the waste chain to ask if we could produce less stuff in the first place. The unconsumption tumblog run by Rob Walker (of the Times magazine column Consumed) and collaborators is full of interesting nuggets that fall under this theme.

And, of course, there are a ton of amazing DIY blogs that discuss and teach you how to make things yourself to create less waste and reuse scraps and trash. Some of my favorties are Instructables (which allows users to upload their own instructions on how to do and make things), the hip sewing blog Threadbanger, the ReadyMade Magazine blog, and the Make Magazine blog.

Which leads me to the scariest subset of garblogs, the green shopping blogs. I have mixed feelings about these sites becuase they all point to things I WANT and feel I NEED and want to HAVE because they are made out of sustainable products and trash. I try hard not to, but sometimes I look at Great Green Goods (which has a series of great green spinoffs for babies, pets, weddings and more). These sites are good to find trashy and geen substitutes for things you would have bought anyway.

I also love to peruse style sites like the wonderful blog Fabulously Green. But again, it makes me want to shop.

Finally, I want to share a few internaitonal garblogs just to point out that these conversations are taking place all over the world. I absolutely adore the site AfriGadet run by Hash of White African, a blogger and tech guru and several collaborators. The tagline says it all “Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity,” which more often than not involves upcycling.

Keith R. of the Temas Blog covers trash in Latin American. And the nonprofit Goods4Good keeps a Tumblog of their work repurposing excess from American companies in Africa and Asia.

There are many, many more links I could include here but I think the list is already a bit overwhelming. Let me just throw in some of Victor and my top recommended trash resources.

There’s the amazing animated video on the consumption chain, The Story of Stuff.

There’s the book Skräp by journalist Mattias Hagberg, which is in Swedish so I’ll share the link to his interview with Victor.

And there are the books Garbage Land and Bottlemania and the blog of their author, Elizabeth Royte, primordial guides for anyone who hopes to understand this massive topic.
Thanks again to the Sculpture Center and Michael Cataldi for making this talk possible. We hope to follow up on the dynamic discussion that took place and  look forward to more in person events.

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Meet the trashies

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Next Saturday from 1-3pm, us guys truly will be giving a talk and leading an interactive discussion on trash and the Internet at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, Queens.



We hope to see all of you in the NYC area there and promise to post links and highlights after the fact. This event is part of the fabulous University of Trash program curated by Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yo. After a wildly successful garblogging retreat, we managed to clean up a bit around here. You may have noticed a drastic reduction in the number of trash categories along the sidebar and the fact that links are no longer bold. Please bear with us as we update the archives—most entries are currently uncategorized so if you’re looking for old posts, search is your best bet for the moment. Side note: while we reconciled many of our asthetic differences, we made no attempts to standardize our English. When I spell correctly, it’s in the American. Vic, as a citizen of the EU feels the need to stick the letter u in unlikely places, among other eccentricities. We feel, and hope you’ll agree, that two voices are better than one.

@everydaytrash, @bernhardtz

Thursday, April 23, 2009

We are on Twitter, here and here and encourage you to use #trash.

Origin Myth

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey there, new readers. 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.


  • 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  from Stockholm. Last month he moved to Brooklyn.
  • Now there are two of us and 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.



This is a blog about trash.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

This is a blog about Oscar the Grouch. It’s about the smoke of burning trash piles wafting through every developing country in the world. It’s about the billions of dollars a year spent exporting garbage from one state to another. It’s about diving into a dumpster and coming up with a still-warm burger and three packets of mustard. It’s about detonating landmines with old truck tires and building bookshelves out of milk crates. It’s about barges. It’s about battery acid. It’s about paying sixty bucks for a change purse made of soda can tabs because the label says a women’s group in Latin America glued them together. It’s about sorting plastics. It’s about beaches built on landfills and landfills built on beaches. It’s about the “away” in throw away and the “out” in toss out and the “rid” in get rid of it. This is a blog about the art, money, power, politics, people and literature of garbage. It’s a subject that shocks and amuses me nearly every day, which is about how often I imagine I’ll be posting. I hope you’ll share in the fascination.

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