Archive for October, 2007

Plastic Clothes

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I bought this jacket several years ago. It was made from plastic “coke” bottles by a company called N-VIRON-mental. When I googled N-VIRON-mental, no link appeared, and I’m assuming that they are out of business. When I googled “clothes made from plastic bottles,” many options appeared. I bought the jacket because of the orange T for the University of Tennessee, my alma mater. Most sportswear for UT is orange and tacky, but this jacket was tasteful. It’s also warm and has lasted well. Since plastic takes about 450 years to break down, I should have it for a while.

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Good News, Bad News Day

PlanetTrash has been quiet lately because of a bicycle accident and some routine medical tests, but all results are great.

I enjoyed reading this from the Cincinnati Post:

Some 15,000 pounds of trash was collected, 13,500 flowers planted, and 500 trees distributed Saturday on “Make a Difference Day” sponsored by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. Make a Difference Day is the nation’s largest day of citizen volunteerism.

About 650 volunteers from 17 Greater Cincinnati communities participated. They beautified parks and recreation areas, installed painted panels on boarded buildings, picked up litter and removed scrap tires.

Unfortunately, this horrible news was reported recently by WKRN (TV) in Nashville:

The mother of a newborn baby will {face} second degree murder charges after a restaurant worker in Smithville, Dekalb County found her baby in a trash can. The worker found the baby in the restaurant bathroom and called 9-1-1. The baby died on the way to the hospital. Police said the baby’s mother, 18-year-old Lillian Sosa, worked at the El Rancho restaurant where she gave birth. The manager at El Rancho said an employee was cleaning out the bathroom when she discovered the baby. Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings said, “She opened the trash can and discovered a foot sticking up through the paper towels. And it was……a baby’s foot and that’s when we were called.”

Jennings said there were about 40 people in the restaurant at the time. He wishes she had reached out to one of them for help. “If she had just said something, but she didn’t,” said Chief Jennings. Jennings said he has been with the department for 30 years and has never seen anything like it. “Oh lord, I have never worked a case like this before… I’ll never forget it,” he said. Sosa is still at the Cookeville General Hospital. She will face second degree murder charges when she is released.

It’s difficult to get mad about finding plastic bottles along the roadside, when news as this is reported. Human beings are living beings deserving of life in an environmentally beautiful world. We are not trash. Everyday should be Make a Difference Day.

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No Impact Man

A coworker turned me on to this blog, No Impact Man.

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Eco Geek on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Here’s a post worth repeating from EcoGeek:

Pacific Ocean’s trash vortex keeps on churning

But my favorite ultra-progressive, take-him-with-a-grain-of-salt columnist and uber-agitator, Mark Morford, is cracking me up.

Today the San Francisco Chronicle writer, in his “Notes & Errata” column, takes on the continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean.

Also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Pacific Trash Vortex, it’s “at least 1,500 miles wide … 30 meters deep, 80 percent plastic, and 100 percent appalling. Truly, there is nothing else quite like it on Earth.”

The enormous stew of trash floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii, according to a Chronicle story.

Yuck, right?

Of course is it all very frightful and a mess that will likely never be cleaned up, but you can laugh a bit with Morford, who in his typical Allen Ginsbergian-style rant offers a modest proposal: “Why not protect the jellies and save some sea birds and clean the ocean and cut right to the chase and, well, simply eat the plastic bottle yourself, on the spot, when you’re finished drinking that two-cents worth of water for which you paid $3? I can see the Greenpeace campaign now.”

Then there’s his eco-tourism idea.

“Ah, but perhaps we are not thinking ingeniously enough. Perhaps we should consider simply turning the garbage patch into a giant Disney tourist attraction, add some platforms and some floating rides and Starbucks kiosks and funny T-shirt stands for the kiddies. You think?

“Families from all over the world could float out to the GPGP on special garbage-plowing cruise ships outfitted with little detachable pontoon boats, which the kids could hop into and float out among the stew, armed with cool little nets (plastic, natch) with which they could spend all day fishing around, scooping out all sorts of magical, mysterious goodies from all over the world. Imagine! It’s like the world’s biggest claw vending machine!

“Funny ashtrays from Indonesia. Cheap plastic watches from Japan. Weird European food wrappers and skanky soccer balls and giant drums of mysterious chemicals, plastic coat hangers and old bottles of bleach and rancid flip-flops and free leftover Nike cross trainers for Mom and, oh my God, Timmy, isn’t that your old “Doom II” game cartridge? It’s yours to keep! Or, you know, just throw it back. What fun!”

I have to go.

It’s going to take me all weekend to eat this Fiji bottle.

I really like Mark Morford’s idea of setting up a Disney World on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Seems fitting.

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Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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When The Music's Over

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Here are my favorite lyrics from my favorite Doors’ song:

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.

When I hear these lyrics, I think of construction sites in formerly undeveloped countrysides and fires in California.

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When The Music’s Over

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Here are my favorite lyrics from my favorite Doors’ song:

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.

When I hear these lyrics, I think of construction sites in formerly undeveloped countrysides and fires in California.

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