Posts Tagged ‘plastic’

Weekly Compactor

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A long overdue roundup of trash in the news:

  • The search for the missing Malaysian plane brought to light many crazy facts. It also drew attention to the crazy amounts of trash floating in the world’s oceans.
  • Donald Robertson artwork brings new cache to trash, which he sells to wealthy New Yorkers.
  • Co.Exist featured some clever hacks around New York City that upcycle discarded items into useful objects for everyone.
  • I want one of these chairs.

Oh, Plastiksack!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The fabulous site inhabitat featured today Ida-Marie Corell‘s Ikea gown, the centerpiece of her installation in a show called “Oh, Plastiksack” at the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Ida-Marie Corell’s Ikea gown

In trying to find out more about both the artist and the show, I came across Corell’s wonderful Plastic Bag Blog, which I’ll be adding to the blogroll and trolling for content on the regular from now on. She also has a book out about plastic bags, German-reading trashies consider this an open call for a guest post review.


Monday, April 16, 2012

“The question we must ask ourselves is who and what are waste?”

My friend, Myra, sent me photos of a show she spotted while attending a conference this weekend at Hampshire College. And of course, this being the future, online video tells the story best.

Click here to find out more about this innovative work reimagining dumpstered skateboards, discarded plastic water bottles and countless other materials we sometimes think of as waste. I wish I’d taken a Design, Art and Technology class as an undergrad!

Thanks for the tip, Myra!

Green technology to save essential pesos

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recycled plastic bottles, water and dash of chlorine bring light to dark shacks outside Manila.

via HipUrbanGreen and Recyclart on Twitter

The Daily Ocean at sea

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sara Bayles‘ blog The Daily Ocean chronicles trash she finds on the beach every day for a year. Recently, she and her husband took nine weeks to join a sea expedition to the Great Pacific Garden Patch. She’s now posting details of the trip and photos in a series of posts before returning to the regularly scheduled program.

TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The green blogs are abuzz. Did you virtually attend the TEDx Great Garbage Patch—an independently organized TED conference focused on plastic—this weekend? If not, here’s a link to everything that went down. And Beth Terry of FakePlasticFish has a great overview of Van Jones‘ presentation here. Knock yourself out, plasticheads. There’s a LOT of good stuff here. The video gallery alone could consume an afternoon. I’m still catching up, more to come.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amazing sculptures made from plastic utensils via renest by way of unconsumption.

Kitchen Utensil sculptures by Sayaka Kajita Ganz


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kampala, Uganda

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus.  I’m in Uganda for work. Pushing my way through the narrow aisles of Owino market in Kampala the other day, I turned a corner ot face this: a plastic bag bearing President Obama’s face with “Best of Luck” written accross the top.  Profoundly depressing on a number of levels.

More images of Ugandan trash on Facebook.

A recipe for bioplastic

Friday, February 5, 2010

A quick how-to on making bioplastic in your kitchen via MAKE. Laser cutter not included.

Plastic chandelier

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

unconsumption finds the neatest stuff. Anyone who follows this blog should also follow that one. Case in point, this recycled plastic chandelier by artist Katharine Harvey.

Katharine Harvey's recycled plastic chandelier

Reminds me of this chandelier, also brought to our attention by unconsumption.

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.

Mother Jones interview with Project Kaisei

Friday, September 25, 2009

Project Kaisei, a recent expedition to further test the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is complete. Mother Jones has the story. Thanks, Alexandra, tipster of the month!

PET pouffes

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Keith R. over at The Temas Blog has been periodically updating a series of trash photos of amazing things made from garbage in Latin America. The latest installment features sofas and pouffes made from PET bottles in Brazil as part of  a project called Reciclagem e Cultura or “Recycling and Culture.” Apparently what began as an upcycling (thanks for the shout out, Keith) endeavor blossomed into an income-generating business program.

PET pouffes

PET pouffes

I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole story peppered with photos and video clips, here’s a teaser:

In part to get the waste collection going and get the raw materials they need, and in part to gain community acceptance for their Cooperativa Usina de Reciclagem, [local foundation] Onda Azul offered favela residents an exchange: bring in 75 to 250 empty two-liter PET bottles, and get a chair or pouffe (what some may call a tuffet, hassock or ottoman) made using PET bottles


The program proved so popular that they had to restrict the exchange to one pouffe per household.  Even so, nearly every house in that favela now has one of the so-called pufes ecológicos (“ecological pouffes”).

I’m headed to Rio tomorrow night for vacation. I wonder if I’ll meet anyone with an ecological pouffe!

Editorial trash

Friday, August 28, 2009

In case you missed it, The New York Times printed an ominous and recomendationless editorial on plastic in our oceans on Wednesday. Of particular note:

Now comes what could be more bad news. A new study, announced at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, suggests that plastics in seawater break down faster than expected. As they do, they apparently release contaminants, including potentially harmful styrene compounds not normally found in nature.

Plastic sheets

Monday, August 17, 2009

Remember when I told you I was excited to see what kinds of neat stuff came out of Maker Faire Africa? Case in point.

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