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 […]
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 […]
Yes, “Evil” is a strong word– especially for a seemingly banal and even benevolent activity that we all aspire to participate in. However, after several years of working closely with waste, up-cycling and recycling, I have serious doubts about Recycling’s benevolence. It appears to me that there is a dark reality lurking behind it. Thankfully, I am also starting to see […]
We’re investigating the efficacy of Ecobricks as a community solution to solid waste in the Northern Philippines. Ecobricks are made by packing solid a PET bottle with non-recyclable, non-biodegradables (i.e. plastic, cellophanes, styrofoam, etc). An essential part of our investigation is ethical. It is crucial to weigh the long-term consequences of making a building block from potential toxics. Short term the benefits […]
We’re refining the Ecobrick methodology here in the northern Philippines. An essential part of the process is philosophical. It is essential to consider the longterm ethics of stashing plastics and potential toxics for the next 500 years into a building block. Short term the benefits are clear: encouraging segregation, avoiding short-term contaminations, enabling personal waste responsibility, and empowering individuals, schools and communities with a […]