Recology CleanScapes Artists in Residence Max Cleary and Meg Hartwig exercises her “scavenging privileges” at SoDo recycling facility.
“What’s interesting about recycled materials is that when it comes down to it, they’re all just things caught in a cycle of being acquired and passed on,” Cleary observed in April, early in his residency. “The materials I find within Recology’s recycling stream have the potential to contain richer, more unexpected backgrounds and be in unpredictable states, which is exciting to me.”
Source: SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash
The idea originated with artist and environmentalist Jo Hanson. After creating her own art with trash and assisting with campaigns such as city-wide street sweepings, in the late 1980s Hanson approached Recology about a program where artists could reuse materials from the dump. At around the same time, San Francisco was implementing new recycling laws, and looking for ways to raise awareness about waste. The artist-in-residence program fit that bill.
Source: See What Artists-in-Residence at a Trash Dump Create | Atlas Obscura
As you can see, it’s just the interior that’s made out of trash — not the concrete walls and floors, for instance. The company that built this store for Nike actually has built an entire building out of trash, though, Environmental Leader says: It’s called the EcoARK, and it’s in Taipei. Next project: Put the trash store in the trash building.
via Nike built a store in China entirely out of trash | Grist.
In total, the researchers counted over 1,500 observations of deep-sea debris, at dive sites from Vancouver Island to the Gulf of California, and as far west as the Hawaiian Islands. In the recent paper, the researchers focused on seafloor debris in and around Monterey Bay—an area in which MBARI conducts over 200 research dives a year. In this region alone, the researchers noted over 1,150 pieces of debris on the seafloor. (source)
via Researchers study 18,000 hours of deep sea footage, find ocean seafloor is covered in trash : TreeHugger.
Can We Really Afford to Do That?
A recent report by As You Sow, a non-profit focusing on promoting “environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies”, shows that Americans are throwing cash in the trash, almost literally. At least 11.4 billion dollars in recyclables – steel, plastics, glass, paper, etc – are not recycled and thus wasted. The report argues for “extended producer responsibility” (EPR), which would shift the responsibility for post-consumer waste from taxpayers and municipal governments to the companies that produce the packaging, creating incentives for producers to reduce the amount of packaging they create, increasing packaging recycling rates, providing revenue to improve recycling systems, and reducing carbon and energy use.
Read the entire article on TreeHgger.com via US Throws $11.4 Billion in the Trash. Every Year. : TreeHugger.