All posts tagged ethics

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 […]

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 […]

Recycling: The Evil Illusion

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 4:20am by russs.net Comments Off
Recycling: The Evil Illusion

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 […]

Reflections on the Ethics of Ecobricking

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 2:58pm by russs.net Comments Off
Reflections on the Ethics of Ecobricking

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 […]

Reflections on the Ethics of Ecobricking

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 11:51am by russs.net Comments Off
Reflections on the Ethics of Ecobricking

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 […]