Pablo Fernandez Is Creating Useful Products From Trash At His ReBorn Recraft Atelier In Barcelona.

ReBorn Recraft Atelier in BarcelonaFair Companies’ lastest post, “Tinkerers’ workshop: slow furniture recrafted from trash,” is about Pablo Fernandez and his efforts to recraft stuff people throw out into useful products at his Reborn Recraft Atelier in Barcelona. Pablo points out in the video that he can not find as many useful things to work with on the streets in his native Columbia as he can in Barcelona. In his shop, he has drinking glasses made from bottles, pallets turned into wine racks / glass holders and much more. [*faircompanies]


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Waste Solution For Not-Recycling Houston: One Trash Bin For All Waste.

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Laura Spanjian - City of Houston Sustainability DirectorHow do you get a city with a low 14% recycling rate and no enforceable recycling laws to start separating their trash and divert it from landfills?

You don’t…. you bring in some garbage sorting technology and let it do the work. The City of Houston knew it would be tough to educate and motivate their residents to separate their trash so they went out and found companies that process it for them. Spearheading the effort is Laura Spanjian, Houston’s sustainability director. From Fast Co.Exist:

“Spanjian’s dream system combines many of these technologies: It would take everyone’s trash in one bin and send it to a facility that pulls out every piece of recyclable material and separates out food waste. Recyclable commodities would be sold, and food waste would be turned into compost or put in an anaerobic digester to power facilities or trucks. Another portion of the waste would be turned into gasoline.”

Brilliant – put all the trash in one bin and let the specialized machines sort it. Much better than the alternative of sending all of the trash to landfills.

Here are some of the companies Ms. Spanjian found that can divert and reuse/recycle Houston’s trash:

“One company cited by Spanjian, Organic Energy Corporation, offers a one-bin waste sorting solution. A company called BHS operates a material recovery facility in San Jose, California–but it doesn’t deal with food waste. ZeroWaste can take care of that; the company operates anaerobic digesters to deal with food waste in the city. And CRI Catalyst Company–a Houston-based company–offers a technology that turn biomass into gasoline or diesel.”

Not all cities are like San Francisco – which diverts 80% of their trash from landfills. If Ms. Spanjian’s model is successful, other low recycling rate cities can copy and implement a scaled version of her system. Dog wags tail. [Fast Co.Exist]

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Wee-Wee Is Partially Powering A Float At Carnival In Rio. Power To The PEE-ple!

Electric Pee float at Carnival in Rio
Power to the pee-pleThis will only take a second.

Poopcycle, you’ve got competition. During this year’s Carnival in Rio, the AfroReggae float is going to be partially powered by pee-pee / urine / wiz. From JWT Brazil:

“JWT Brazil and NGO AfroReggae teamed up this year to do something about it. The result is the ‘Electric Pee’ project — a unique urinal designed to generate electric energy from urine. Using a process similar to a hydroelectric power plant, which uses flowing water to generate energy, the energy created from each use will help generate power for AfroReggae’s float at Carnival.”

Told you it wouldn’t take long to relieve ourselves of this story. [JWT via Treehugger]

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Submerged Art Installations And Sculptures Made From Our Marine Trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Posidonia

Posidonia

Scuba artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez built underwater art sculptures out of marine trash.

Forlane 6 Studio - Martini Effect

Martini Effect

Here is a portion of their artistic statement:

“In response to our time of alarming climate change, the work presents a deliberate immersion of the objects that compose our daily surroundings. The certainty that in a near future, global issues will bring disastrous consequences on the environment creates a disturbing atmosphere. However the mass production rate of artificial material seems unstoppable. It overflows well beyond land frontiers and the seas surface, as it penetrates the depth of a distant and foreign space.”

You can read the full artistic statement on the Forlane 6 Studio website.

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Food Scrap Waste Bins At SeaTac Airport – Too Hectic To Use? Too Soon?

Food scrap recycling bins at SeaTac Airport.We recently went on a trip that took us through SeaTac Airport just outside Seattle. The kids had a blast doing kid things on the trip but my highlight was the food scrap bins in the airport. Food waste from restaurants is a significant contributor to the waste stream and creating ways to separate and recycle it is important. Here are the waste disposal options at SeaTac:

  1. Recycle: plastic bottles, cans, mixed paper etc.
  2. Food scraps: fruits, vegetables, french fries etc
  3. Trash: landfill bound.

Rather than dumping all of our food and food related trash into the landfill bound bin, to become future-methane, we now have the ability to divert our food waste to be recycled and turned into compost.

Unfortunately, as I trash-stalked, not a single person used the food scrap bins correctly. Some did recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans but most carelessly dumped all over their trash into the nearest of the 3 bins. The food scrap and aluminum/plastic recycling bins were basically the 2nd and 3rd trash cans.

Hopefully we’ll see more separate bins for recycling / food / trash in public places and people get used to the idea of separating their trash. Due to the inherent chaos of the airport, it might not have been the best place to install food scrap bins but then again, maybe the idea will strike a nerve with a few travelers who’ll bring it to their local airport and restaurants.

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If You Hand-Knit A Sweater For A Giraffe…

Hand-knitted sweater for a giraffe.… you better be ready to put it on the giraffe. Otherwise, it’s a giraffe’d size waste of yarn. Just Jubblin. [Yamashita & Kobayashi via Neatorama]

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