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Plastic, I Love You

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 4:18pm by russs.net Comments Off
Plastic, I Love You

I’ve got good news about plastic waste!

Around the world there is now less and less trash.

In fact, just by reading this little essay of mine, there will be a little less trash in the world. Hurray! Because, as we all know, the whales and dolphins are literally drowning in an ocean of thrown-away-plastic pollution. No matter how far we throw […]

Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 3:43pm by russs.net Comments Off
Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

DRAFT POST – Essay still in development!

Mandalas are an ancient and sacred art that can be found in cultures and religions around the world.  In my experience, mandalas are one of the most powerful consciousness raising tools.  A mandala can be as simple as a circle drawn in the sand, as beautiful as a cathedral rose window, or as sophisticated […]

Jakarta Ho

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 1:22pm by russs.net Comments Off
Jakarta Ho

Ani and I are heading to Jakarta for August 7th. Jakarta is a city of 20 million people. Lots of plastic trash flows out of Jakarta– one of the main reasons Indonesia is the second biggest producer of plastic waste in Asia. Ani and I have been receiving many invitations to share ecobricks with groups in the […]

Ani and I

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 7:56pm by russs.net Comments Off
Ani and I

My work sharing ecobricks in Indonesia has been super charged this year through my partnership with Ani Himawati. A movement has been ignited in Jogjakarta which now has a life and unfolding of its own.  Tens of thousands of people, soon to be in the hundreds of thousands, are now ecobricking their plastic.  Our partnership isn’t just incidental. It’s been […]

Recycling: The Evil Illusion

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 3:19pm by russs.net Comments Off
Recycling:  The Evil Illusion

Yes, “Evil” is a strong word– especially for an activity that most of the world thinks of as “Good”. However, after several years of working closely with waste I have come to have serious doubts about Recycling’s benevolence. There is a dark reality lurking behind it that we ignore at our peril.

Remember Sauroman from the Lord of the Rings? Also […]

Going Patreon, Starting with a Manifesto

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 5:44pm by russs.net Comments Off
Going Patreon, Starting with a Manifesto

Manifesto time!  So, I am starting to use the online site Patreon site to publish my longer reflections.  Patreon not only allows me to share my essays within a dedicated context, but it allows people who resonate to subscribe and thus support the exploration.

I am following and supporting some super cool writers on Patreon.  Its a great energetic exchange to […]

Solar Bottle Pixel Project

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 1:18pm by russs.net Comments Off
Solar Bottle Pixel Project

 

Tadahhh! Here is the finished installation of our Solar Bottle Pixel Project on Parang Sumo beach, Java, Indonesia. We couldn’t have done it without the Gardu Action Team– they worked even while fasting for Ramadan! Matarnoan Budy Bamboo!

I am really proud of this co-creation. True, its a super simple concept, but underneath it manifests some core artistic philiosophy that have […]

Glass bottle MD modules, tower of color, in the middle of the street

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 3:04pm by russs.net Comments Off
Glass bottle MD modules, tower of color, in the middle of the street

Check it out!  That’s a giant 2.5 meter tower of luminesccent glass bottles in the middle of Jogja’s central street!  We had a great impromtu workshop yesterday preparing 30 or so MaierDielman modules (made from Margan 1.5L glass bottles, food coloring and bound with silicone).    

We then trucked the bottles to  Apeman Festival on Malioboro street Yogyakarta to join […]

Jogja

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 2:33pm by russs.net Comments Off

  Its been a pretty epic last few days here in the city of Jogja.  The culmination of several months of working with a small team of avid trash transformers.  In under three months, we’ve gone from 20 trainers to hundreds of ecobrickers. A whole movement has started in the city.

MD Module Glass Bottle Toilet Construction

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 2:30pm by russs.net Comments Off
MD Module Glass Bottle Toilet Construction

We’re building a prototype toilet/shower with MD modules– 16 glass bottles siliconed together to make a lego like bricks.  The MD modules fit one into the other to build without cement or cob mortar.  The Mukabumi team and I have been super fortunate to have Mexican bamboo architect, Ricardo, join us for the last weeks.  Yesterday, we started innovating and […]