Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trash is Trashed

Morning all!

Just saw this post over at treehugger about a Japanese man who made a gorgeous canoe out of discarded chopsticks.


Chopstick Canoe @ treehugger

That post led us to another post about a Florida man who made a full-scale Viking ship out of popsicle sticks.



Viking lollystick@bbc.com

Okay, here's the main point.

As these makers have shown us, there is no such thing as trash.

"Trash" is just a jumble of resources whose useful life we've arbitrarily decided to end.

Trash, in its component bits, is all good stuff. Recyclables, compostables, precious metals, ship-building materials.

A "landfill" is just a huge pile of crushed and layered resources. Think of how many boats could be made out of the materials in Fresh Kills Landfill? How many houses? How much gold is layered in there? Silver? Diamonds?

Luckily, landfills aren't going anywhere. They will sit quietly until we are ready to face them.

So, the idea of trash is trashed. Use your resources to the fullest possible extent. Make a boat.


Love to all,

Team SF

1 comment:

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Just read about the viking style ship this morning, setting sail today so I hope it makes it!

That chopstick canoe is WILD! Great feature :~)