Archive | Recycling RSS for this section

The Electronic Afterlife

The Electronic Afterlife

FIlmmaker Alex Gorosh was commissioned by Gizmogul to make a video about electronic waste and where it ends up.

With ewaste from the western world making it’s way to developing countries where young men work around the clock burning our waste to earn a few dollars and in the process, are consuming toxic fumes, this video is a friendly reminder to consume well and recycle well.

-S.

Advertisements

Tomorrow Machine

Tomorrow machine The packaging around your meat, the container your cream comes in, the bag your carrots come in are all made from plastic. Then comes Tomorrow Machine, a Swedish design studio, who are making food packaging that is 100% bio-based and biodegradable. With a few inventions that include wrappers that change into bowls or […]

Waste to Energy

Waste to Energy

I blog a lot about waste here so imagine my glee when I saw a report that had come out this week saying that 99% of waste produced in Sweden is reused!

The country has 32 inciniration plants allowing the country to turn its’ rubbish into steam which is then used to power generator turbines to produce electricity.

This allows the country to rely less on fossil fuels however, with great power comes great responsibilities. Some has pointed out that burning waste might be sending more toxins into the atmosphere as the burning process produces filter gas and flue gas, which both contain dioxins and environmental pollutants.

Sweden have heavily regulated their Waste to Energy plants though and according to their Swedisn Environmental Protection Agency have stated that they have introduced flue-gas cleaning to reduce the amount of airbourne dioxins.

To read more, click here.

The most obvious fact here, which is stated in the article, is that the world just needs to produce less waste.

-S.

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner Sarah Turner is a UK eco artist and designer who is the mastermind behind works of art made from plastic bottles. From exhibitions around the world and artworks made for the London Olympics in 2012. I’ve chosen pictures of 3 of her works above. Emily the elephant was made from 900 plastic bottles […]

Can Currency

Can Currency

The Swedes are doing it again, leading the way in social resonsibility and creativity. Enter DDB, a company that brings business ideas to life.

Find one of these (looks like some sort of signage), take a bag, collect some cans the next time you’re out with friends at a music festival (where these are rolling out at), collect your cans and then go and trade you bag of cans in at McDonalds for some food.

Instilling in people to be environmentally aware and to clean up after themselves whilst getting something out of that. I hope this idea has taken off.

Genius.

-S.

Dispatched

Dispatched German artist Jan Vormann has used lego bricks to patch up crumbing buildings. Starting in Bocchignano, Italy (top picture)- Dispatched has now gone on  be a world wide phenomenon. Click here to find lego bricks in other countries. Second picture from Amsterdam. The use of the very durable plastic bricks, brings a small amount of bite-sized fun into an […]

Plastic Free July

Challenge: Attempt to refuse single use plastic during July (includes straws, plastic cups, plastic bags and coffee cup lids)

By Who?: Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) in Perth

Why?:
– Because every single piece of plastic ever created in still somewhere on this earth (much like carbon but that’s an argument for another time).
– Because approximately 10 billion plastic bags are used world wise on a weekly basis.
– Because 50 million straws are used daily worldwide.
– Because the impact that plastic has on the environment and wildlife is not yet completely known.
– Because Australians send 1 millions tonnes of plastic waste to the landfill every year.

What about you?:

I am jumping aboard this ship (have jumped aboard a while ago but this is no place to toot my horn). I will be having a go myself. Plastic bags are easy and I’ve been trying to change my grocery shopping ways this year by bringing reusable bags (which I’ve recently found are riddled with problems but another blog post). As an avid coffee drinker, I’ll be looking into purchasing a reusable coffee mug (and may have already purchased it by the time this blog post gets published). And I need to dig out my steel tin can (aka reusable water bottle).

Click here for more information. Happy plastic free-ing!

-S.

Green Loop

Green Loop How cool is this idea to start the weekend? Green Loop is a proposed project by PRESENT Architecture that brings composting facilities (complete with a park on top) to New York city. More than $300 million is spent each year on transporting trash of which 30% is organic waste. By bringing composting to […]

That dress

I don’t mean to turn this into a fashion blog but french actress Marion Cotillard wore this awesome dress to the 67th International Cannes Film Festival.
On closer inspection, you’ll notice that the dress is actually made up of screws, buttons & beads by designer Maison Martin Margiela.

For more pictures and close ups click here.

It’s causing such a fuss but i think it’s a great statement and a great choice by Cotillard.

-S.