Pedro Reyes must have found the best way to use weapons! When he visited recycling plants where government officials turn seized weapons into raw materials Pedro came up with the idea to transform these weapons into musical instruments. Now they could not longer be used to cause destruction and misery but only to brighten people's lives!
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There is probably only one good point about producing lots of waste: you can make a lot of art of it to inspire us to consume less and to reduce waste! In his collection Intolerable Beauty the photographer Chris Jordan has made some amazing photos using our daily waste. These items, like cell phones and crushed cars when squished together in dizzying quantities, resemble hypnotic puzzles and abstracted color fields.
In this photo Jordan compares the complex layers of wreckage to the overwhelming detail of the Grand Canyon.
My favorite is the photo of the cell phones. Having read that in 2013 almost 1 billion new cell phones were sold, I am afraid we can make many of these photos without using the same discharged cell phones twice. The impact that our current way of living has on the environment and the -maybe even bigger- problems these products cause when we discard them, is scary. Do we really want to live in a world where we can make Grand Canyons of crushed cars?
Already for a few years I refuse the annual new phone the telephone companies try to convince me to take. Even though my current one automatically switches into mute every 20 seconds after I dropped it in the toilet last year, I am still very happy with it, as long as I don't think too long about where it went for a swim ....
I have managed to do strange things to my computers. I have crashed motherboards, had a desktop "roasted" by lightning, have had more digital viruses than physical ones, and my laptop and mouse randomly (but automatically and without warning!) change their own setting to leave the left button to do what the right one is supposed to do. My laptop sometimes sounds like a A380 airplane ready for take off. No surprise that I consider the PC doctor around the corner as a close and dear friend.
I always go for "repair" instead of "replace", if I'm given an option. It just feels like unnecessary creating waste to go for a new machine. But I may change that tactic after having spotted what can be made of old, retired computers. Take a look at the photo's below. How cool is that!
And maybe I should go for one of these books designed by Steven Rodrig when my laptops crashes again!
My son is so fascinated with airplanes, flying and pilots that whatever computer, laptop, Ipad or Ipod I fire up, it will always show planes if he has been the last user. But he is also passionate about the environment and wants to work for a company that is sustainably engaged, as soon as he quits as a professional football player that is of course! I think he will just love the following story.
Mr Rowsell, a 41-year old pilot will be the first one ever to fly from Sydney to London using only diesel made of discarded packaging and waste collected from rubbish dumps. This so-called "end-of-life" plastic cannot be recycled otherwise and would end up as landfill. A Dublin firm will help in the process of turning the waste into diesel using a process (pyrolysis) that doesn't pollute the air.
As mr Rowsell will not be able to take all this fuel on board of his little Cessna (I have to ask my son for the model-number...) he will have to make numerous route stops in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Karachi, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, France before he finally lands in London. For sure my son and I will try to be there when he arrives!
When we were living in Tokyo I worked in an office building in the Akasaka area. During the cherry blossom time it was the best place to be: rows and rows of beautiful trees full of blossom in the middle of one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Surreal. The building that I was facing from my office on the 28th floor was the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, a 139 meter high Tokyo landmark hotel. That hotel now needs to make place for a new building. But how to demolish a tall building without causing disruption or damage to the surrounding areas? After having investigated different options for almost 5 years a Japanese construction company invented a new approach: removing the building floor by floor, starting from the top.
Hideki Ichihara of the construction company Taisei Corp explains in the Japan Times:
The key idea is to disassemble a structure in an enclosed space, unlike the traditional way of working in the open air. Taisei looked into using a building’s roof to create a closed working site and bringing cranes inside the building. The roof is held up by temporary columns that are lowered by jacks as the higher floors come down.
“It’s kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks” from the top, said Ichihara. This “hat” benefits everyone, according to the company: By working in an enclosed space, outside noise is reduced by 17 to 23 decibels while dust is cut by as much as 90 percent. What’s more, it’s safer for workers than being in the open air, Taisei said.
The new method is also environmentally safer and more energy-efficient, according to Ichihara. Much like how hybrid cars generate energy when their brakes are applied, the cranes can do the same when lowering debris inside the building. The power this generates can be used to run lights and other equipment. “The crane can generate more energy when it brings things down from a higher position,” so it can take advantage of buildings over 100 meters, Ichihara said.
The idea is that anything that can be reused, is. With the interior salvaged and clean energy used to dismantle it, Ichihara says carbon emissions are reduced by 85 percent.
I think that many Japanese people will think they have lost their minds if they walk out of a karaoke bar in the middle of the night noticing that the building is lower than when they entered the bar! Look at this video to see how the destruction evolves!
Every year should start with a list of proper New Year resolutions, so here we go! Even if you decide to only take up one of the 10 suggested New year resolutions below, you will make a difference. But I suggest that you need to pick and do a few of the list below to be exempted from the usual losing weight targets and stop smoking commitments etc.!
Good luck and keep me posted how you're doing!
All the best for 2013!
My sister sent me the link of the story of this amazing boy Kelvin from Sierra Leone. He lives in a remote village with hardly any electricity. Kelvins tries to help to move his village forward to a better future. He achieves this by creating electric devices such as batteries and generators by ensembling old bits and pieces that he finds in the dustbin. His next project is to build a wind turbine! From scratch recycling litter! A truly inspiring boy!
And as an inspired mum, I am going to encourage my kids in the Christmas Holidays to ensemble an Ipod from the mess in their room! (and there is so much that I think we can take orders!)
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Kelvin was invited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be a guest resident for three weeks, click here to see the video of this visit!