- 12:38 pm - Tue, Dec 24, 2013
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The Los Angeles Times has an interesting story about more “green” alternatives to plastic gift cards:
Increasingly, card manufacturers and retailers are listening, offering more alternatives to plastic cards.
High-end grocery store Whole Foods Market Inc. did away with plastic cards in 2011 and replaced them with paper gift cards.
"Generally, at Whole Foods, we like to think green … but we were producing tons and tons of waste from PVC cards and that wasn’t in line with what we want to do," said Marushka Bland, gift cards project manager for the Austin, Texas, company.
Last year, Whole Foods launched a gift card during the holiday season made with wood from sustainably managed forests in Europe.
The cards, produced by Colorado-based Sustainable Cards, are made with 30% less energy than plastic cards and are compostable.
- 7:12 pm - Wed, Oct 30, 2013
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Screw You is a collection of products reinterpreting the familiar PET bottle in unfamiliar ways.
Making clever use of the universal PET bottle screw top, the 3d printed Screw You connectors transform one or several PET bottles into a vase, a toy truck or a food container. Two other connectors integrate the PET bottle cap instead: the Screw You ring and bracelet.
Screw You is the first collection for the new Dutch design label Layers, focusing on 3d printed products with personality. Layers will continuously seek the outer limits of what 3d printing has to offer for product design: small scale production of clever products tailored to the needs and preferences of people. 3d printed on demand and close to the customer location. No more transport of products, but transport of data that is turned into a product by the 3d printer just around the corner. Your corner…
via Screw You Vase by David Graas | MOCO Vote
- 3:40 pm - Thu, Oct 10, 2013
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Pollution with plastic waste is not confined to the oceans but poses a growing threat to lakes as well.
That is the view of researchers who found significant concentrations of the substance in Italy’s Lake Garda.
They say the levels are similar to those found in samples taken from marine beach sediments.
They are concerned that these tiny plastic particles are accumulating in freshwater species and are “likely” to get into the food chain.
The research is published in the journal, Current Biology.
More here: BBC News - Plastic waste threatens lakes as well as oceans
- 3:40 pm - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. — There’s the old thought experiment in the days before social media and mobile phones: if you could send a message in a bottle, where would it end up? The whole world is connected by oceans and waves, and the idea of a single glass bottle reaching all the way to the other side of the world. There was a recent story floating around of a man in Paterson, New Jersey, who got a glass bottle back that he had thrown in the ocean some 50 years prior.
Adrift, a new web site developed by Dr. Erik van Sebille, an oceanographer, and David Fuchs, a software engineer, takes actual data pulled from buoys installed all around the world’s oceans and visualizes what happens when that message in a bottle is multiplied on a global scale. If we stepped outside the Hyperallergic offices in Brooklyn and brought some plastics to the ocean, it could reach London in just a few months.
More: Where Plastic Flows: Visualizing Environmental Data
- 11:55 am - Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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Bloomin’ Rubbish is a project created by artists Deirdre Nelson* and Frances Priest in association with Covepark artists in schools residency programme in Scotland. They have been working with Parklands Primary School In Helensburgh, Scotland, to make an interactive garden of recycled blooms. Bottletops and plastic lids have been collected all over Scotland in contribution to the Bloomin’ Rubbish garden.
The Garden continues to grow in Helensburgh, Scotland, but also in Kampala, Uganda, as Frances from the Bloomin’ Rubbish team is currently in Uganda with 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust.
You can follow news of Bloomin’ Rubbish (and see lots more pictures) on Facebook HERE.
* Deirdre is also, of course, a regular contributor here at Unconsumption! Congrats, Deirdre, on an amazing project!
- 7:22 pm - Mon, Aug 12, 2013
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Latest pollution threat to the Great Lakes? Plastic “microbeads” from some soaps and cleansers:
A team of researchers with 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit California-based environmental activist group, collected samples from lakes Erie, Superior and Huron last summer and found large quantities of round, plastic pellets.
"They matched the same size, color, texture and shape of the microbeads found in popular consumer products," said the group’s executive director, Marcus Eriksen. He said the group plans to publish the research in a peer-reviewed journal later this year.
Microbeads are tiny plastic balls used in products like facial scrubs, body washes and toothpastes. They scrub away dead skin, similar to using a sponge, and are designed to wash down the drain.
Microplastic is easily confused with natural food found in lakes. The beads can remain in fish and be ingested by humans, the group said.
Both Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble reportedly will phase out use of microplastic in their products.
- 6:03 pm - Thu, May 9, 2013
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Students and staff at Newcastle University have created a pop-up cafe built entirely out of upcycled waste, including plastic drink bottles and cardboard boxes. The team spent three months designing and constructing the cross disciplinary project, which was contributed to by engineers, architects and social scientists.
The U-Cafe was designed to challenge our perception of waste and explore new ways of creating sustainable buildings. It features chairs made from plastic bottles, walls constructed using cardboard boxes, and staff aprons made out of recycled plastic bags.
Via: Pop-Up Cafe Built Entirely Out Of Garbage [Video] - PSFK
- 5:08 pm - Sat, Apr 27, 2013
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Everyday plastic items, artfully arranged.
Installation by Mary Ellen Croteau; we featured her plastic bottle cap portrait earlier on Unconsumption here.
See also: Artist Jean Shin's displays of empty pill bottles.
- 8:47 am - Thu, Apr 11, 2013
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19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.
Also on the ocean-garbage front: We’ve covered various responses to the Pacific Garbage Patch, here, and here.
- 10:38 am - Thu, Mar 28, 2013
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Plastic, strung. Installation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, July 2009. (Photo via Betty Birney’s Blog.)
Don’t you think something like this would make a unique room divider?