Beech, 1953, Zdenko Feyfar. Czech (1913 - 2001)
Glass is the material most affected by the amount of breakage in each type of collection system. In single-stream programs, it is virtually impossible to prevent glass from breaking as it goes to the curb, is dumped in the truck, gets compacted, gets dumped on the tipping floor of the MRF, is repeatedly driven over by forklifts, and is dumped on conveyor belts to be processed by the MRF.
All of this broken glass means that not as much gets recycled—and that sometimes it contaminates other recyclables, like bales of papers. One of the main criticisms of single-stream recycling is that it’s led to a decrease in quality of the materials recovered (which matters for the people who buy bales of recycled material and turn it into new products).
Shimabuku, Sea and Flowers, 2013
"Here we find Shimabuku wondering about where the flower came from, and how it got there, and deciding to illustrate its voyage by offering the sea petals without knowing if, someday, they will make a landfall somewhere. As we are well aware, though, it is not really the arrival that counts."
A home by US architect Michael Reynolds
Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, that grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away.
(If anyone knows the photographer’s name, please let me know—I’d like to give credit)
documentary about eartship inventor Michael Reynolds
Some more pictures of the Euro, from the inside.
Did you know that the Bahamas have the greatest concentration of blue holes in the world?
A blue hole is s cave or underwater sinkhole. They are also called vertical caves. They are so named for the dramatic contrast between the dark blue, deep waters of their depths and the lighter blue of the shallows around them. The deep blue color is caused by the high transparency of water and bright white carbonate sand. Pictured above is the deepest blue hole in the world with underwater entrance — at 202 metres (663 ft) — called Dean’s Blue Hole, located in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas. (Read more on BCC and NatGeo)