- 3:40 pm - Mon, Sep 22, 2014
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We can’t really endorse this — but it’s something!
This video of an anonymous Russian girl on a motorbike returning people’s trash to them in the messiest way possible. We’ve got two potentials here: either YouTubers start mimicking her actions to effect a global change or this channel goes HUGE and she becomes a star YouTuber.
More: Will Punishing Litterbugs Be The New YouTube Revenge Trend?
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No cardboard, no cellophane, no throwaway plastic trays, and no brands: Berlin’s newest supermarket is certainly a step away from the usual neighborhood grocery store.
Opened last Saturday, Original Unverpackt (the name translates to “Original Unpackaged”) is a novel shop in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood that has dispensed entirely with disposable packaging. Granted, the term “supermarket” might be a little grandiose for this small but tightly packed store, but the concept’s legs are as long as the store’s frontage is narrow.
Not only is a minimum-waste grocery store a canny business idea in a country that’s packed with green-conscious consumers, it’s also an interesting pilot project relevant to any city trying to cut their landfill and recycling burden.
(via The Supermarket of the Future Has No Packaging - CityLab)
- 3:40 pm - Sun, Sep 21, 2014
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UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has now created the first outlet in the country to be powered solely through food waste.
Collaborating with waste recycling company Biffa, the company has developed a facility close to its Cannock, West Midlands store that has enabled it to leave the grid completely. Like many other supermarkets, the outlet marks down any fruit and vegetable products at the end of the day if they’re no longer good to sell.
However, if they’re still not sold they’re handed over to charitable organizations that can still use it, or used to create animal feed. If it’s not suitable for any of that, the food waste is picked up from a nearby Sainsbury’s depot by Biffa, which uses its anaerobic digestion facility to turn the waste into electricity. A 1.5km cable is then used to send the energy — enough to power day-to-day operation of a store — back to the Cannock outlet.
(via Supermarket store is entirely powered by food waste | Springwise)
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Glass is the material most affected by the amount of breakage in each type of collection system. In single-stream programs, it is virtually impossible to prevent glass from breaking as it goes to the curb, is dumped in the truck, gets compacted, gets dumped on the tipping floor of the MRF, is repeatedly driven over by forklifts, and is dumped on conveyor belts to be processed by the MRF.
All of this broken glass means that not as much gets recycled—and that sometimes it contaminates other recyclables, like bales of papers. One of the main criticisms of single-stream recycling is that it’s led to a decrease in quality of the materials recovered (which matters for the people who buy bales of recycled material and turn it into new products).
The rest is here: Single-Stream Recycling Is Easier for Consumers, But Is It Better? - The Atlantic
- 3:40 pm - Sat, Sep 20, 2014
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Interesting account of discarding an old computer, by an Economist columnist. Here’s how it starts:
LIKE many others, Babbage is reluctant to throw out old computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, phones and other digital paraphernalia. Where possible, he guts them of useful parts, and leaves the carcasses in a cupboard in case other bits and pieces may one day also come in handy. For instance, the last computer he built, Bitza-7, was assembled almost exclusively from salvaged components (see “Say farewell to XP”, September 6th 2013). Recently, though, he decided a clear-out was overdue, and hauled the accumulated e-waste off to the local toxic dump.
Putting anything containing even a printed circuit board in the rubbish bin for municipal collection is out of the question. Not counting all the other nasty materials used in electronic products, the lead in the soldered joints alone requires such items to be treated as toxic waste. At least, that is the case in California.
Babbage’s nearest recycling centre is no backstreet scrapyard, belching fumes from makeshift incinerators and open baths of bubbling acid—like several he has seen in the third world. Open to the public several days a week, the toxic dump in question is part of the University of California, Los Angeles, set up to handle waste from the institution’s medical centre and numerous laboratories. Visitors are greeted by staff in hazmat overalls and rubber gloves, who carefully sort the offerings into different bins. The overall impression is that the waste is in safe hands.
Or so one hopes.
Read the rest here.
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This beautiful home in Croatia by DVA Arhitekta features recycled red brick that was actually waste from another renovation. Using this material allowed the architect to blend the modern blueprint better with its surroundings.
Big window panels allow lots of natural light inside and smart use of materials, gives the interior an upscale look. It’s not every day you see a modern building such as this made from brick — it feels like a slightly warmer option than concrete or stone.
(via Podfuscak Residence in Croatia by DVA Arhitekta - Design Milk)
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damonaholathesis: “Nice piece on my thesis work in The Guardian.”:
When you think about how fashion will work alongside technology in the future, it might be hard to break from science-fiction-heavy ideas. However, fashionably using solar, wind and even kinetic energy to charge devices, keep us connected and even donate our energy to non-profits is being explored by a number of design houses.
Last winter, Damon Ahola, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, MFA in Products of Design, was running on a treadmill at the gym watching people bobbing up and down on ellipticals, stair masters and bikes. “I thought we were all exerting a huge amount of energy while at the same time consuming a vast amount of electrical energy.” His gym observation led him to question how to take advantage of kinetic energy through a project called Harvest which investigated the potential of integrating energy harvesting into our lives. Ahola said he began by approaching the work from a user-centric point of view, initially exploring what activities are appropriate for energy harvesting.
- 3:40 pm - Mon, Sep 15, 2014
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The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.
The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is killing fish on a large scale and threatening global ecosystems.
Ecover, a Belgian company, has been working with manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugarcane (which it calls Plant-astic) and recycled plastic, in what it is hailing as a world-first for packaging.
More: Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas | Environment | The Guardian
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Joint Perspectives, a young design studio based in London formed by María Meller and Mirja Sick, recently completed a sideboard inspired by discarded pieces of materials the encountered around the shop.
Using copper and oak, the irregularity of the pieces, which were laid side by side to create the design, has an intense visual impact.
The pieces of copper and oak are in different stages of their lives – from old weathered oak is matched up with sheets of copper left outside for a month. Each piece of oak was cut individually, so they don’t line up, creating a sculptural effect and hiding the storage inside.
More: Oak and Copper Sideboard by Joint Perspectives - Design Milk