TAG: Trash

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

The World’s First Awesome Trash Incinerator

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Denmark. Home of beautiful landscapes, freezing temperatures, awesome people, and now the world’s most awesome trash incinerator. Going way above and beyond the call of duty, they’re creating an incinerator complete with an epic light show, a ski slope, futuristic-aesthetics, and lasers that will project a pie chart of the plant’s fossil-fuel quota into the night sky. Architecture firms of the world, take note–this is how you build things.  In a design that makes certain that no square footage will go to waste while simultaneously making the world of ecology fun and hip again, this is likely to take the… 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

Instagramming and Geo-Tagging Trash with Litterati

Instagramming and Geo-Tagging Trash with Litterati

Our modern disposable lifestyle, where everything is packaged or has a limited lifespan, has led us to a serious waste problem. And it doesn’t just impact the landfills, or the resource streams, but it also directly impacts the wildlife, the water supplies, and even the quality of human life on a local level, due to our trashy habit of littering. In order to bring more awareness to this issue, an effort combining smartphones, activism, geo-tagging, and art was born, and is filling a global Digital Landfill gallery with images of litter that people are picking up. Litterati encourages people to… read more

Clothes Made From the Ocean

Clothes Made From the Ocean

Tras(h)umanity. It’s a sustainable way of processing clothing coined from the company ECOALF. In collaboration with UpGyreS (Upcycle the Gyres Society), which is an organization that seeks to reduce marine pollution by using it in resourceful and ecologically minded ways, they have established an eco-approach to doing business that more should model after. With the goal of not being a contributor to further trashing the environment they have found an industrious source for their materials – the ocean. Tras(h)umanity is their recognition that man-made ocean pollution will not go away any time soon. But further than just dealing with this… read more