All posts tagged recycling

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 […]

Protected: Recycling: The Evil Illusion Beta

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 4:32am by russs.net Comments Off
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Garbology 101 – Mini Documentary

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:01am by russs.net Comments Off
Garbology 101 – Mini Documentary

What is Garbology exactly? Well, my friend Joel and I came up with the term for the title of a lecture at Xijen College, where he is president. It was just for fun at first, but now the term seems to have stuck. Pi, our intrepid film maker friend put together this little documentary on the remarkable unfolding of the […]

Goodbye to a Ton of Trash: 1000 Bottle Bricks

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:49pm by russs.net Comments Off
Goodbye to a Ton of Trash: 1000 Bottle Bricks

Yesterday, was the culmination of six months of experimenting and two weeks of preparation with the local high school.  Together, we cleaned up the village, dug out the trash from the school’s garbage pit and dumped everything into the town’s centre plaza. What a mess!

But the students were eager to help out.  The last two weeks we’d been studying just […]

The Mandala Takes a life of its own…

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 1:45pm by Russell Maier Comments Off
The Mandala Takes a life of its own…

JR and two new workers proudly show their work expanding our broken tile mandala.

How do you know if your ideas are successful? When take a life of their own and turn out if even more beautiful than you had planned!

This morning I took some friends down to the river to show our recycling work.  To my surprise, I could […]