Trash is in the eye of the beholder

In honor of National Zero Waste Week I would like to share two stories of men who created beautiful things out of trash. Competing against 282 artists to win the Waikato Museum Contemporary Art Award in New Zealand, Dane Mitchell walked away with a $15,000 prize money. What exactly was his maste...

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Tags: Trash

Should your city enact a fine for not recycling properly?

Treehugger has been following San Francisco's move to reprimand those who don't recycle--with a stiff fine. City officials are now about to make recycling and composting mandatory for each and every San Franciscan. And if they don't comply? They can say hello to a $500 fine—it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, Trash, Waste

The Volunteer Spirit, Seen Across Cultures

The New York Times had an article about volunteer street cleanup in Pakistan. “The youth of Pakistan wants to change things,” said Shahram Azhar, the lead singer for Laal, a Pakistani rock band, reflecting an attitude that is typical of this rebellious younger generation. “The reason the Taliba...

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Tags: Activism, Asia, Culture, Pakistan, Service, Strategy, Student, Trash, Volunteer

The Economy (and History) of Recycling

Every once in awhile I come across an article that answers a lot of lingering questions: Why do I feel like recycling is so important even though reducing is also key to helping the environment? Is the nation in danger of taking the path chosen by New York City a few years ago, and discontinuin...

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Tags: Economy, Homeless, Recycling, Scrap, Social justice, Trash


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