All posts tagged trash

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 […]

Happy Indonesian National Trash Care Day

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 8:20pm by russs.net Comments Off
Happy Indonesian National Trash Care Day

Today is Hari Peduli Sampah Nasional, or “National Trash Care Day”, in Indonesia.  So, Ani and I went sightseeing to the Suwung dump.  Not every tourist to Bali goes here.  But all should.  This is where our “trash” goes– the vast detritus of modern day consumption on the island.

I’ve been meaning to go here for a while, to confirm some […]

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 […]

New Featurette on the building of the Bottle Brick Inspiration Center

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:05pm by russs.net Comments Off
New Featurette on the building of the Bottle Brick Inspiration Center

This is the second short documentary on our work in Guina’ang and the bottle brick phenomenon that has been spreading throughout mountain province as a way to deal with the trash.

Illac and Alex, two guys from the Manila chapter of Architecture for Humanity, braved the rough roads to make the 14 hour journey to Bontoc and then to Guina’ang. […]

Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:25am by russs.net Comments Off
Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

I am excited! Our technique for building with trash bottle bricks has taken a giant serendipituous leap forward.

This past weekend I met Zelli and his wife Joany who are seasoned cob builders living in the Philippines. Against the odds, they have been pioneering ancient mud/clay/straw building techniques at their Baguio home perched on a hilltop. 

We joined forces to […]

More Bottle Bricks, More Artful Innovations

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 1:40pm by russs.net Comments Off
More Bottle Bricks, More Artful Innovations

The other day, I teamed up with Kelsie, a U.S. Peace Core worker who is stationed in a neighbouring village.  Together we taught the highschool staff and 170 students of Bila National High School  how to make bottle bricks. Nothing went as expected– yet, it was a great success.

First our powerpoint and movie clips all failed to play.  Then we […]

Building with the boys and bottles

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 2:36pm by russs.net Comments Off
Building with the boys and bottles

Wow.  Yesterday was a lot of fun.  We worked with teams of boys from San Alfonso High School to construct with our arsenal of bottle bricks.  Together we’re constructing a segregation centre as designed by the students, Niklaus and I.

These are the same bottle bricks that we made last month during our big village clean up when we had all […]

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 […]

Wow. What a gift!

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 1:44pm by Russell Maier Comments Off
Wow. What a gift!

Wow.  I headed down across the river with some friends yesterday and was blown away by what my students had done.

I’ve been training the local out-of-school youth how to make use of broken tiles and other trash and turn them into mandalic mosaics.  Its pretty easy really and the result can be stunning.  You might have seen some of my […]