Posts Tagged ‘Rio de Jenero’

Galpão das Artes Urbanas

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thanks to garblogger colleague Keith R.‘s wonderful recommendation, I made a point to visit the Galpão das Artes Urbanas while in Rio over Labor Day weekend—and to take lots and lots of photos of the neat stuff made out of trash by local artists. Apologies for the delayed posting. It’s been a crazy busy fall. The coolest thing about this trash museum/artist work space is that it is run by Rio’s department of sanitation, which supplies the raw materials. Now that’s a creative way to divert the waste stream!


Bottle cap-a-puss

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Trash hiatus

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I’m heading to Rio, Vic is heading to Stockholm, it may be a slow week for garblogging. Catch you on the other side of the long weekend. Hopefully we’ll return with fun tales of foreign trash. Like this rad ecological center in Brazil. Thanks for the link, Keith!

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!

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