All posts tagged trashure

My New Yoga Mat

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:28pm by russs.net Comments Off
My New Yoga Mat

 

My new yoga mat is almost done!  I stopped by to visit my friend in June Bakala in the village of Balili yesterday and was overjoyed to see the culmination of his work.

The mat roles up neatly with built in velcro straps.

 

Ever wonder what kind of crazy chemicals went into the manufacture of your yoga mat? Ever wonder what […]

Water Never Tasted So Good

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 2:25pm by russs.net Comments Off
Water Never Tasted So Good

Its one thing to drink water from a plastic glass that was made in a big factory somewhere.  Its another thing to drink water from a beautiful emerald chalice that you crafted with your own hands!

I’ve been meaning to make a new set of glasses for the last months. As some might remember, a year ago I went through a […]

From Fabrication to Funeral

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 11:09am by russs.net Comments Off
From Fabrication to Funeral

I deeply excited by the designs that we have been coming up with here in Mt. Province. Purses made from wrappers, bamboo bikes, solar coke bottle chargers, Ecobricks, organic cement, glass bottle furniture and more.  Because I am based here in a small mountain village in the most humble province in the Philippines has been nothing short of revolutionary for […]

The Problem is the Solution

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:42am by russs.net Comments Off
The Problem is the Solution

I live in one of the poorest parts of the world.  It is beset by the “problems” of poverty, overpopulation, corporate exploitation and pollution.  The circumstances here are the same for the majority of people on the planet– be they in Africa, South America or one of the many urban slums on the planet.

As an artist I have discovered that […]

Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 9:52am by russs.net Comments Off
Unhibited Charger Progression v 0.9

We are now at version 0.9 of the Uninhibited Solar Charger.  I am now working with a select group of talented guys in Bontoc, on readying the design for community manufacture.  In the Philippines, there are all these little stores where you can get your cellphones and computers fixed.  The guys behind the counter are a vast untapped pool of […]

Tags made with Love

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:07pm by russs.net Comments Off
Tags made with Love

One thing that I am quite proud of about our Trashure bags is the tags. Our tags are each handmade and customized to each bag.  Because each bag is its own labour of love, and little miracle of recycling we can share its story by employing more folks to handwrite its story.

There is a vast surplus of labour, time and […]

Trash Power! Bottle Generator Development

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 8:18am by russs.net Comments Off
Trash Power!  Bottle Generator Development

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could use readily available trash to make electricity?  Now that would be green energy!  As an artist I’ve learned that one of the best amplifiers of creativity is limitation.  The more you’re limited the more you’re creative!  There ain’t no hardware stores or RadioShacks here in the village!  BUT… there’s the trash– which includes […]

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 […]

60 Trash Bags Completed!

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 8:25am by russs.net Comments Off
60 Trash Bags Completed!

Hurray!  After three months of work our growing coalition of trash-warrior-weaving-mothers have completed our order for a FairTrade store in Germany.  The order is comprised of 20 Chocowen clutches, 20 Gilbraltor wallets and 10 purses.  The ladies and I have managed to ramp up quality even higher this time– our designs are really maturing now.  The latest bags (I’ll post […]

Trashed Tile Mandala… yeah!

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 10:52am by Russell Maier Comments Off

The completed mandala of broken tiles.

I’ve wanted to make a permanent mandala with cement and grout for a long time.  Last week while hiking I came across a decidedly ugly pile of broken tiles along side the beautiful river.  I put as many as I could carry into my backpack and headed home.

The opportunity to put them to use […]