TAG: Garbage

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

What Comes Around Goes Around At Thilafushi

Manmade garbage islands are the epitome of a wasteful society, and one is an ever growing reminder of the tossed out and seemingly forgotten. A former inlet west of Malé called Thilafushi, a water haven with white sand beaches, became a growing lure for tourists. This created another growing problem, waste. Garbage became an overwhelming issue in the area, and  it received an altering transformation in 1992. The idea was concocted to dig into the watery earth of the cove and use the depth to conceal the ever-piling trash. Far from a sensible approach to waste management, excess trash soon began stemming… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

Food Straight From The Trash

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Growing fruits and vegetables from seeds is one way to grow your own, but another way to cultivate your own plants can be done with the parts of food that is normally thrown away. This process is simple and can definitely extend a grocery budget, as applying this economical way of gardening utilizes all of the plant. DIY-n-Crafts has a resource guide and instructions on how to grow 25 different foods from scraps. Consider the climate and indoor temperature when choosing which items to grow. Ideas for produce that grows well this way are fruits and vegetables like pineapples, avocados, carrots,… read more

Urban Foraging

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Freeganism is the practice of not only being a vegan but also obtaining food that most people would consider trash. Urban foraging is used to reclaim food that is needlessly discarded. Most of the time, the foraging comes from food that is discarded as trash from restaurants that have stipulations on what is possible to keep from day to day. Food waste from grocery stores could be any item from a bruised tomato, potatoes with eyes, or produce that people will not buy when looking for a perfect pick.  People are trained to pick what looks pretty and healthy which causes… read more

Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

Trashy Artists: 2 To Pick Through

Trashy Artists: 2 To Pick Through

It’s doubtful that most would see a thrown out wrapper as a masterpiece. However, garbage in all its cast off splendor has inspired many to delve into the material to produce more than a full wastebasket, but for reflective statement pieces. Nico van Hoorn is into trash. Some of his works have been entirely formed around what some may find less than appealing. One series titled TRASHLOG was created by walking around for about 30 minutes each day and collecting litter. Beginning on May 5, 2002 and continuing through May 4th, 2005 the 3 year project was developed by strictly… read more

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

There are approximately 3.5 million tons of garbage floating around the ocean, and around 80% of that is plastic. Plastics, so abundant they have formed their own literal islands, are tremendously hard to remove from marine areas. Some companies and artists have put this surplus waste to use as a material base, demonstrating that sustainable designs can be functional while helping to remove unwanted pollution. One example of a company who has made portions of their product packaging from recovered ocean plastics is Method. Already using recycled post-consumer plastics for containing their environmentally minded cleaning products, in order to make the… read more

Sweden – Out of Garbage

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Sweden is a Scandinavian county that has embraced recycling. So much so that a quarter of a million homes are powered by the incineration of waste. Last October they ran into a problem, this squeaky clean nation of 9.5 million had run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry and Sweden has been forced to import trash from neighboring countries, such as Norway. Sweden is so trash-strapped that officials are shipping in 80,000 tons of refuse annually. Norway pays Sweden to take its excess waste, Sweden burns it for heat and electricity, and the ashes remaining from the incineration… read more

Littering

Littering

The beauty of the natural environment can only be truly appreciated when human beings have a very limited impact on such environment. Well, at least in Swaziland this is the case. One of the most barbaric of ways that mankind destroys the aesthetic appeal of his environment is littering. Littering is a bad habit that is not about to be subside. It is not an uncommon sight to see a grown person eat a packet of chips only to discard the plastic packet on the ground. It is also just as rife to see people throw things such as bottles,… read more