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Our practice is focused on investigating value chains and making waste materials come to life again. This is the rebirth of materials that were once exiled to towering landfills or incinerators.
This research explores the disruption of centralised waste facilities to accommodate a decentralised model, known as the mini-MRF, that is capable of extracting more value out of waste streams. Centralised facilities possess a hoax of challenges, be it their complex infrastructure or high capital and operational costs. With that said, existing systems characterise an unsustainable solution for long-term waste management, and a worthy solution to these issues is crucial for effective management of our planet’s resources.
This briefing outlines the value that social economy enterprises bring to the circular economy in terms of job creation, focussing on the upper levels of the waste hierarchy, notably re-use and preparation for re-use activities. Social enterprises are crucial for a just and green transition towards a resilient low-carbon economy, given their activities to curb the use of resources whilst providing local and inclusive employment opportunities and services.
Kollage Kollective are a Berlin-based art collective composed of autodidactic multimedia explorers with a shared vision and driven by a strong ethos. We transform recycled materials into interactive installations through innovative design, engineering and technology.
The fundamental truth of our times is that resources are finite. Thinking in cyclical rather than linear terms can change that, reusing and repurposing disposables to maximize their potential, we artistically demonstrate how trash is a source of inspiration and wish to democratize the making of art.
All our modules operate as platforms to present our digital artwork. 3D visuals are fabricated using creative coding skills and synchronized with sounds. We fuse different media through the hacking of machines and sensors. This technique invites people to engage on a multisensory level for a dynamic experience.
Digitize in inventory, discover the value
We support our clients in the assessment of materials and components in their existing buildings.
Our service ranges from the digitization as material passports, cost-effective procurement until deconstruction starts and measurable savings of costs, waste and GHG emissions.
Fundació Formació i Treball, la Fundació CHM Salut Mental i el Departament d'Arts Visuals i Disseny de la Universitat de Barcelona, col·laboren al projecte de reutilització, reciclatge i economia circular 'Parelles Creatives - Trastos vells'.
Convertir soles de sabata, plàstics que provenen de restes de joguines o roba usada, en productes innovadors, com ara safates de cultiu hidropònic, un rascador de gats, un tendal o un gronxador, no és qüestió de màgia, sinó qüestió de consciència, creativitat i cocreació entre diversos agents. Si a més, a aquesta iniciativa, amb una clara vocació mediambiental, se li suma el valor social que aporta, el resultat és el projecte 'Parelles Creatives - Trastos vells'.
El projecte comunitari Caixa d'Eines i Feines ofereix la possibilitat de compartir recursos per allargar la seva vida útil, reduir la producció de residus i ser un estalvi per a les famílies.
La reutilització esdevé una activitat necessària i fonamental en la reducció dels residus generats per l’acció humana i en la lluita global per un món més sostenible.
En els darrers anys, la conscienciació sobre aquesta pràctica s’ha vist palesa en l’aparició d’una sèrie d’iniciatives i projectes destinats a donar una segona vida a productes que encara es troben en ús. A continuació, us oferim un recull de propostes i banc de recursos impulsats per entitats sense ànim de lucre
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Fixperts is a learning programme that challenges young people to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems for a real person. In the process they develop a host of valuable transferable skills from prototyping to collaboration.
Fixperts offers a range of teaching formats to suit schools and universities, from hour-long workshops, to a term-long project, relevant to any creative design, engineering and STEM/STEAM studies.
Why the Buy Nothing Project? The Buy Nothing Project is brought to you by two friends who have worked hard to address the first of the three infamous “Rs,” Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. Rebecca and Liesl want to address the “Reduce” part of the equation, as well as the lesser-known Rs, “Refuse” and “Rethink.”
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Dumpster diving (also totting, skipping, skip diving or skip salvage,) is salvaging from large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers for unused items discarded by their owners, but deemed useful to the picker. It is not confined to dumpsters and skips specifically, and may cover standard household waste containers, curb sides, landfills or small dumps.
Different terms are used to refer to different forms of this activity. For picking materials from the curbside trash collection, expressions such as curb shopping, trash picking or street scavenging are sometimes used. When seeking primarily metal to be recycled, one is scrapping. When picking the leftover food from farming left in the fields one is gleaning.
People dumpster dive for items such as clothing, furniture, food, and similar items in good working condition. Some people do this out of necessity due to poverty, others for ideological reasons, while still others do so professionally and systematically for profit.
The Zabbaleen (Egyptian Arabic: زبالين Zabbalīn, IPA: [zæbbæˈliːn]) is a word which literally means "garbage people" in Egyptian Arabic. The contemporary use of the word in Egyptian Arabic is to mean "garbage collectors". In cultural contexts, the word refers to teenagers and adults who have served as Cairo's informal garbage collectors since approximately the 1940s. The Zabbaleen (singular: زبال Zabbāl, [zæbˈbæːl]) are also known as Zarraba (singular: Zarrab), which means "pig-pen operators." The word Zabbalīn came from the Egyptian Arabic word zebāla ([zeˈbæːlæ], زبالة) which means "garbage".
A rag-and-bone man or ragpicker (UK English) or ragman, old-clothesman, junkman, or junk dealer (US English), also called a bone-grubber, bone-picker, rag-gatherer, bag board, or totter, collects unwanted household items and sells them to merchants. Traditionally this was a task performed on foot, with the scavenged materials (which included rags, bones and various metals) kept in a small bag slung over the shoulder. Some rag-and-bone men used a cart, sometimes pulled by a horse or pony.
In the 19th century, rag-and-bone men typically lived in extreme poverty, surviving on the proceeds of what they collected each day. Conditions improved following the Second World War, but the trade declined during the latter half of the 20th century. However, in more recent years, partly as the result of the soaring price of scrap metal, rag-and-bone-style collection continues, particularly in the developing world.
I felt a bit embarrassed putting this site together as it seemed a bit like vanity publishing. At times it was also an odd feeling, 'editing' my past. But then, I had all the images and it seemed a waste to let them rot, and I wanted to try doing a website. Practically, it will also be useful for anyone interested in commissioning work to look at my past stuff.
The Haul Earth Ledger is an opensource fundraising platform aiming to facilitate the transition from a consumer society to a creative, inventive, expressive society. Drawing from similar efforts before it like the Whole Earth Catalog, the Ledger collects tutorials which look at consumer goods as raw materials for further experimentation.
In doing so, the team aims to question the power of the few remaining consumer brands out there clinging to power, while ensuring the lifecycle of these devices is extended to the best of our community's capacity. This, we hope can contribute acknowledging and alleviating the burden our lifestyles have been for our home, the Earth.
Die Material Mafia ist ein soziales Unternehmen, dass Reststoffe aus der Industrie, von Messen, Ausstellungen und der Kreativbranche als wertvolle Ressource ansieht und diese der Wiederverwendung zugänglich machen möchte.