Jason Lloyd Fletcher’s Genevieve Sustainable Side Table And Chair Made Out Of Vintage Belts. What The What?

Jason Lloyd Fletcher vintage belt made chair and tableJason Lloyd Fletcher used recycled vintage belts to build his Genevieve series of side tables and chairs. From his website:

“Genevieve is a series of handmade pieces representing luxury products with sustainable, ethical principles.”

Really? Sustainable and ethical? I’m sorry but taking a crapload of perfectly wearable belts and turning them into furniture does not sound very sustainable. Creating usable products out of things we normally throw out and you have something. Not belts!

So if you are lucky enough to be in possession of a Jason Lloyd Fletcher designed Genevieve side table or chair, please dismantle it and re-recycle the vintage belts. Congratulations, you now have a lifetime supply of vintage belts or future belt gifts for your friends and family.

Going a little further, you could also walk around town handing out belts to people who can’t, and want to, keep their pants from falling down. They’ll call you Belt-Man and you’ll be a local hero. [Inhabitat]


Jubbling To Geoengineers: Um, Any Chance We Could Put The Whole Space Mirror Thing To Rest?

Space mirror makes the sun look fat.Have you read the book Contact by Carl Sagan or seen the movie with Jodie Foster? Well it’s entertaining and tells the story of nations coming together and spending trillions of dollars to send space travelers through wormholes in order to reach the source of a message from the Milky Way galaxy. It sounds far flung but when the story is compared to the Live Science article, Could Space Mirrors Stop Global Warming?, which is about installing a Greenland sized space mirror to block the sun’s rays, the space-transport effort in Contact seems more plausible.

In all fairness, the article doesn’t recommend space mirrors but explains how they should and couldn’t work. Some of the key points are that it would take a fleet of 5 million spacecraft in order to install 600,000 sq. miles of space mirrors. The mirrors would then have to be interconnected in space with the goal of blocking 1-2% of the sun’s rays. And oh, the gains from reflecting the solar radiation with the space mirrors might take 50 years to reverse / slow down the effects global warming. I would go into more detail about space mirrors, including the trillions2 it would cost, but you just have to read the article to get the full craziness.

So scientists, at your next climate conference, don’t get suckered and just walk past the table with the signup sheet for the Space Mirror Feasibility Committee. Space mirrors are a goof, possibly put out by climate deniers, that’ll waste your time. Avoiding is a better alternative to pursuing this nut-brain idea. [Live Science]


Kuchofuku Air-Conditioned Cooled Shirts And Pants. BTW: In Japanese, Kuchofuku Means “Only A Dumb Ass Would Buy These…”

Kuchofuku Battery-Powered Air-Conditioned PantsAfter reading about the Kuchofuku battery-powered, air-conditioned shirt/pant combo, the first thing I thought of was the de-motivational poster about Japan. Gizmodo editor, Molly Oswaks, had a better take on this bad idea by simply recommending a more Jubbling alternative: shorts. [Gizmodo]

Japan: Producing 78% of the world's weird shit since 1952.


The Company Eco Wave Power Gives Me The Creeps

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtTZ855O5ds[/youtube]Not sure if it’s the eco in their name, the rapped eco message in their video or the word clapper in one of their wave power product names but I refuse to get too greensane about Eco Wave Power. [Greentech Media]


Really? Microwave The Bejesus Out Of Orange Peels To Make Biodegradable Plastic?

Using A Microwave To Turn Orange Peels Into Biodegradable PlasticIs this news or is somebody out there goofing on us by doling out nonsense stories to distract us? It’s hard to tell when you read an article like Orange peels could be made into biodegradable plastic. I’m starting to think the folks over at the Weekly World News, the world’s only reliable news (their words, not mine), is behind all of these stories for the greenies to consume and get excited about.

Maybe a better story would be that on your next shopping trip, choose ONE additional non-plastic option so these guys don’t have to nuke oranges for 2-hours to produce one that is bio-degradable.

Jubbling: Making consuming less, less consuming

Related article: Orange Gold: Citrus Peels Move from the Landfill to the Engine


PepsiCo Dream Machine Recycling Kiosks

PepsiCo Dream MachineFrom the Wall Street Journal article PepsiCo Plans Recycling Initiative.

From one beverage to another – PepsiCo, partnering with Waste Management, is planning on installing 3000 recycling kiosks around the country to encourage consumers to recycle more cans and PET plastic bottles. PepsiCo is calling them “Dream Machines” and they are rewarding recyclers through a points system that can be applied toward movie tickets, travel or as discounts for Pepsi products. Currently in the US, only 34% of aluminum and 25% of the PET plastic bottles are being recycled and PepsiCo hopes to increase that number with their Dream Machines. The machines can hold 300 cans/plastic bottles and when they are full, an alert is sent to a Waste Management employee responsible for emptying the machine. Crushing does not occur at the machine because in product tests, consumers were put off by the noise. Here is how they work [WSJ]:

The machine itself is like a vending machine in reverse. A video screen plays advertising and informational videos, which are updated wirelessly and tailored to each site. A consumer first touches the screen and follows instructions, either to swipe a key fob to track rewards points or to defer registration for later, if at all.

PepsiCo Dream Machine Nightmare

A PepsiCo Dream Machine Nightmare

As much as Jubbling wants these great ideas to be the solution, they almost seem to be more of the problem. We felt the same way about ecoATM. It seems like companies are throwing grenades at a problem when they probably only need bb’s. PepsiCo’s Dream Machines are things of beauty and obviously a lot of thought was put into making them work but their limitations – only holding 300 cans or plastic bottles – and the cost of raw materials to build alone seems to outweigh their usefulness.

Alternatives? I keep imagining a person in a cardboard box paying you a compliment every time you recycle a can or PET bottle but that’s not going to be enough. I think the best method to increase recycling rates is for PepsiCo, Coke and the American Bottlers Association to support Bottle Bills in every state. Oregon was one of the first states to pass a Bottle bill and it passed in 1971 despite opposition from bottlers and beverage container manufacturers. It was expanded to cover water bottles in January 2009. With their Bottle bill in place, every beverage container leaving an Oregon grocery store or vending machine has a fee added to it that covers the refund and processing costs of recycled beverage containers. According to Wikipedia, recycle rates in states with Bottle bills is around 90% vs 34% in states without, and the collection sites are already in place – grocery stores.

I hope PepsiCo proves me wrong with their new Dream Machine kiosks. It’s just a feeling that companies like PepsiCo should look at the problem and find their next solution as if they had no resources; try to be truly grassroots. Maybe they’ll discover that the incentive to recycle occurs when you buy your soda and at the very least, maybe they’ll realize that another kiosk is not the solution and they’ll start supporting Bottle bills.

Useful links:
Bottle Bill Resource Guide
Container Recycling Institute
Keep America Beautiful