recycling

Wildlife Entanglement

Marine wildlife death by entanglement is something we should all be aware of. Thousands of miles and literally tons of derelict rope and fishing nets are littered into our water.

I found out that there are 682 beaches out there. We must keep them clean and safe in order to sustain life on this planet. So let’s support a good cause and help clean up fishing nets!

Check out the link below to learn about what is done to prevent marine wildlife entanglement.

Source: Wildlife Entanglement – Planet Love Life

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15 Non-Sex Uses for Condoms | Mental Floss

This is great way to recycle condoms when you find some old ones laying around in your sock drawer, or you’re unsure if someone poked holes in them.

Source: 15 Non-Sex Uses for Condoms | Mental Floss

Fairphone review: ethics trumps everything else | Technology | The Guardian

Finally! Something like this is being made.

The Fairphone is the first smartphone to attempt to change the status quo to use ethically sourced materials and manufacturing, but is it a decent smartphone too?

Source: Fairphone review: ethics trumps everything else | Technology | The Guardian

What is your pencil’s history?

recycled-newspaperpencilsNewspapers, old money, CD cases, plastic cups, wood scraps, tires and even blue jeans can get recycled into pencils!

Something to consider while you’re busy creating the future, scrawling in your notebooks.

I am forever amazed by the creative ways people stop waste from reaching landfills.

**Purchasing recycled, eco-friendly office supplies can really set the standard for future schools and workplaces. Plus, it sends a message to companies that endorse cheap-labor and poor environmental laws by saying I CARE! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SUPPORT. **

It may seem more expensive at first, but if you substitute that fancy coffee or an unnecessary bus ride, you can use the money you’ve saved to buy various recycled, earth-friendly alternatives.

I try to think of it this way:

  1. Paying a bit more now will help me pay less later (more demand = lower price)
  2. I genuinely feel good about knowing what my money goes towards.
  3. If I continue to make cheap purchases now, I will be spending more in the future (things breaking, extreme weather etc.)
  4. Corporations use slave-labor (extremely under-paid women & children) because I want things to be inexpensive.
  5. Spending an extra dollar gives working families a better quality of life.
  6. Quality of land and water are not considered or cared for when it comes to cheap products.
  7. By supporting corporate companies out of convenience, I am endorsing the possibility of corporate dictatorships fueled by economic demand and poor politics.

I know it is just a pencil, but the ideas are progressive and inspiring.

Sometimes change happens with little things that eventually add up to really big things.


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Have a Leaky Faucet? – Save $$$

What MommaTrash does:

– Stick a bucket under the faucet to catch the drips –

∝ Use the water you collected for pets/houseplants
∝ If you collect enough water you can use it to mop, clean or flush the toilet

Pouring-water

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NOTE: Since she hasn’t had time to fix it, Mom’s been conserving water and saving herself some CA$H. As a long-term solution, fixing the leak would be most economical/environmentally friendly. A leaky faucet is a HUGE money waster for home owners.


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SWAP/DROP V2.0 — DID YOU SAY FREE??

On Saturday, AUGUST 8  the second ever SWAP/DROP will be taking over the southwest side of Bellevue Park!! (Kensington Market, fyi) It runs from 11:30am -6 :30pm We will have an ArtSpace set up for people of all ages to make crafts, hang out and get creative in whatever way you’d like plus of course, the Swap/Drop :]

  •  Give/Get free stuff
  • Work on projects with some really creative people (maybe I can host a workshop or two)
  • Play music
  • Have FREE FUN

OFFICIAL GROUP: SWAP/DROP  (join to stay updated or volunteer for the next one) ++Share this event with your friends!


We had such a great time hearing your stories, painting pinecones and doing scavenger hunts with you! A big thanks to everyone who was so supportive of this idea. I hope to see you back again :] Keep in mind, the Swap/Drop wasn’t only created to have free fun and get free stuff. I created this to inspire others to think differently about unnecessary consumerism and the role we play in waste management. If we buy less, share more & think differently about what is considered junk, we can limit lots of waste ending up in the dump and make cool art/furniture at the same time. Who knows, maybe the best things in life really are free.

♥A.R.T.T.
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A painting lots of people added paint to on June 6th, 2015 – the first Swap/Drop

This is not a test

toronto-trashcolormix-A.R.T.T.This is not a test… it is a reminder.
A sticker to show you where your trash goes!

I try to stay conscious of what I buy; It limits what I send to landfills.
I often ask myself:

Do I need it?
How much packaging is there?
Will it break soon after I buy it?
Can I make this myself?
Can I acquire it pre-loved?

Biopower in Kenyan School -Teenage Smarty Pants.

Woah.
Talk about reducing your ecological footprint & recycling!
17-year-old high school senior, Leroy Mwasaru, and four of his friends found a way for everything we naturally produce to be converted into biopower. So cool.



The friends are proposing to build a Human Waste Bioreactor [HWB] that collects the waste from all 720 students living in the dorm, organic waste from the kitchens, cow dung, grass clippings, etc.  This will help their community by improving water quality, reducing school’s costs, having self-sustainable power sources and respecting their environment.

Grist explains that the HWB is “an underground chamber [which] holds the human, animal, and kitchen excrement, while microorganisms go to work breaking down the muck. The process releases biogas, a source of renewable energy comprised mostly of methane, the same as the fossil fuel natural gas that powers most non-electric stoves in the U.S. The gas is contained in the HWB, ready to use as fuel.”

Source:
Kenyan Teenager Ingeniously Coverts School’s Feces into Clean, Safe Energy – NationofChange
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Undeveloped Film Project -Essential in Understanding our Histories

I just watched this mini-doc on Kam70‘s blog.  It’s about The Rescued Film Project and the discovery/processing of 31 rolls of film.  Its not just ANY film. These photos were taken by an American WWII soldier 70+ years ago!

The project itself is crucial. In attaining a complete understanding of our history as humans, we can understand things from a deeper perspective. Somebody’s voice speaks through the images. They capture glimpses into a world so removed from our own.  The fact that this man is saving old film and developing it is SO important to attaining a better understanding of our roots and the construction of values we have today.

∴ Film is vital •

It shouldn’t something written off, nor should it become obsolete. (more…)

THROWBACK ’13 – Decouplate — Reflections

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From a workshop I hosted in the summer of 2013.

50+ ceramic dinner plates were salvaged from a hospital after discovering they were going to be thrown away.

The project organizer challenged me to make something that wasn’t costly and was easy to teach to a group that consisted of many art levels.   (more…)