I just finished reading BottomFeeder: How to eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe. I fancy myself well informed when it comes to oceanic issues and the health of the world’s oceans (focusing mostly on garbage gyres). But I was blown away by how much I didn’t know about the state of the world’s fish! Environmental reporting literature usually sends me into a spiral of species-hatred (my own), depression and finally lingering guilt. However, Grescoe has accomplished what other reporters have missed, which is to leave me feeling informed and eager to try out my newly uploaded knowledge about seafood. For example, I will eat more sardines, anchovies, mackerel and smaller mid-level zone fish. I will never touch another can of tuna, unless the world governments and fishing industry make some serious changes. That is not to say that BottomFeeder isn’t a powerful book full of stories that will depress you about both fish and people. But the information is balanced out by the notion that you can immediately address your impact – become a bottom feeder.
To celebrate my newly acquired knowledge, I present to you two artists work of garbage sculptures of fish, which I found on a great site called Recycleart.org
Artists Hideaki Shibata and Kazuya Matsunaga came together in 2003 as Yodogawa Technique to create works from the rubbish and miscellaneous objects found along Osaka’s Yodogawa River. Working with discarded consumer goods and driftwood, the crafty duo made sculptural pieces that are like physical collages and that initially do not even appear as if they are made from garbage.
++ Yukari Art Contemporary
I found this article on my daily morning news hunt. I just posted the question I thought the most interesting, but the article itself is only okay. I am encouraged to see more companies being created around building salvage (especially in Florida!!). I will always post these types of news bits. To see all four questions use the article link below. Enjoy!
Jesse White, owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, in the “Side Yard” of his Central Avenue business. His company provides used building materials and other items reclaimed from deconstructed buildings. STAFF PHOTO / HAROLD BUBIL
Q:How do you get jobs doing architectural recycling work?
A:Our contacts are builders, home owners and demolition contractors, and we are called to go into a building and pull out anything of value before it gets knocked down.
We recently got our license to do demolition ourselves, so I’m hoping we will get contracts, and, in the process, save 20 to 40 percent of the building by doing a whole-house deconstruction.
via Four questions for a pro: Jessie White of Sarasota Architectural Salvage | HeraldTribune.com.
The ReBuilding Exchange has what executive director Elise Zelechowski calls a “triple bottom line goal”: to help the environment by keeping materials out of landfills (her organization estimates more than 40 percent of landfill waste is building materials); to provide job training in building deconstruction and material reuse to hard-to-employ Chicagoans (all of their trainees are ex-offenders); and to provide building materials at affordable prices.
via Bucktown / Wicker Park: RedEye ‘Hoods – Shop salvaged materials at new reuse center.
When it comes to green building, energy efficiency gets most of the attention. If reused building materials are discussed, it’s usually in context of de-construction, not re-construction using materials from demolished or remodeled homes.
The ReUse Haus on display at the AltBuild Expo running through Saturday in Santa Monica focuses on the reconstruction. The mini house, left, is meant to show that a recycled home “doesn’t have to look like a tree house,” said Ted Reiff, co-founder of the Oakland-based deconstruction firm the Reuse People.
via ReUse Haus, a miniature dwelling made with used materials, on display at AltBuild | L.A. at Home | Los Angeles Times.
Photo by Steven Lane
The Coast Guard conducted a media tour of the derelict Davy Crockett on Thursday, showcasing the progress of its deconstruction. The stern, at top, was refloated a few days ago after it was cut free from the rest of the 432-foot-long barge. The midship section remains submerged and will be cut up by divers working underwater. A coffer dam of metal sheet pilings surrounds the vessel, containing oil and other pollutants.
via Dismantling of Davy Crockett picking up speed | The Columbian.
As Kodak moves toward demolition of four of its buildings, it has teamed up with the Larimer County Community Corrections DreamBuilders project and the National Center for Craftsmanship to teach life and job skills to nine women.
via Women deconstruct building while reconstructing their lives | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com.
Wayne Stocks, Habitat’s lead person on the project, said Cascade initially invited Habitat in just to cherry pick items from the site, such as fixtures, cabinets and doors. But an offer was made and accepted to deconstruct the buildings as well.
“It’s a really neat deal,” Stocks said. “I haven’t really heard of any other large companies thinking that green.”
Stocks hopes to limit waste for the landfill to a single large truckload. “Everything else will be reused, resold or recycled,” he said.
“That’s a huge savings to the environment,” he said. “Cascade Steel is really thinking out of the box here.”
via Former flower farm being deconstructed.
The Plymouth County Landfill has taken recycling a step further than any other landfill in Iowa.
It is the first in the state to have a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling program, said Mark Kunkel, landfill manager.
Since starting in January, about 130 tons of asphalt shingles, wood without paint or stain, concrete and metal have been removed from the C&D area of the landfill, he said.
“That was sorted out. It will not be buried,” Kunkel added. “It was all recycled.”
via Le Mars Daily Sentinel: Local News: Landfill construction recycling is one-of-a-kind program (04/27/11).
In the mail today I found The Other Man’s Treasures waiting for me. T.O.M.T. is a studio located in New York. Reuse inspiration never came in a cooler package!
T.O.M.T.™ (or The Other Man’s Treasures) is the best friend for trashed or forgotten objects and anything else you might throw away or overlook in your garages, pantries and other storage spaces.
Because of this orientation, T.O.M.T.™ has been referred to as a recycling company on occasion.
Well … we see ourselves as more than that, and something altogether different. Beyond bags of bottles and cans, beyond the corrugated cardboard boxes tied with string, beyond the papers and organic waste bins, lies a whole world of objects that are discarded with no regard. We find these objects, considered too “difficult” to recycle, all over this great city of Gotham. Our vigilante mission has been to recover and reassign the purpose of these objects. T.O.M.T.™ is our abandoned-object Batcave, and the endeavor of refitting the planet™ is already underway. The key to saving these forgotten objects is just keeping our eyes open and being open and ready to spot what we like to call “objects of desire” – old appliances, tires, whatever! We at T.O.M.T.™ like to think that we’re giving old junk and ordinary objects a new lease on life. In fact, after they’ve gotten the T.O.M.T.™ treatment, these objects take center stage as useful, beautiful, “high-end” furnishings. “It’s time for some of this stuff to live in the limelight!” says Trice. “No object has been neglected too long, been tossed too far or is too ordinary to be a star.” We don’t promise to know what to do with every misplaced object out there in the world, but we do believe there is some purpose to everything. Nothing is truly garbage. That’s fundamental to our philosophy. via About T.O.M.T..
T.O.M.T Refrigerator Door Dressing Mirror (one of my favorites!)