Upcycling is a practice not only for crafting beautiful things to wear and use, but also for innovating ways of producing energy and fuel, building structures, and creating useful technology in the home and on an industrial level. Explore this area of the website to learn more about these innovations.
Here are some photos of buildings that have been constructed out of materials salvaged from the dump or landfill.
Eco-Casas en el Basurero de OaxacaLast Updated on 2011-10-09 17:01:11These are shots taken by SiKanda and friends during their recent collaboration with Techamos la Mano Oaxaca and other civil organizations in the city of Oaxaca. The purpose was construction of four houses with Tetrapak and PET bottles at the municipal dump.
Estas son fotos tomadas por SiKanda y otros amigos durante su colaboración reciente con Techamos la Mano Oaxaca y otras organizaciones civiles en la ciudad de Oaxaca. El propósito fue la construcción de cuatro casas con Tetrapak y botellas de PET en el basurero municipal. More »
Dumpster DriveLast Updated on 2011-09-30 00:00:00Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. The software was developed by recent Parsons grad, Justin Blinder Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows others to dig through files that you delete on your computer in a passive file-sharing network. Instead of simply erasing data from your computer, the software allows users to extend the lifecycle of their unwanted files and pass them on to others. To learn more about the program or download Dumpster Drive, visit dumpsterdrive.com.
Journalist Rebecca Bates explains Dumpster Drive as: "a file sharing application that mimics the act of digging through someone’s trash ... Let’s say you’re in possession of Beirut’s new single “East Harlem” and absolutely hate it (shame on you), and you wish to purge your hard drive of the song forever. Rather than... More »
Visiting La Colonia RenacimientoLast Updated on 2011-09-30 00:00:00This week I visited the dump. For all of my big talk about how much I love garbage and have a passion for trash, I am ashamed to say that I haven't been to a landfill since I was a kid. I had the opportunity to visit the municipal basurero of Oaxaca, located beside Colonia Renacimiento (the neighborhood of rebirth), because of my friends Jose Carlos and Aurelia. They started an organization called SiKanda (Solidaridad Internacional Kanda) that works with some of the folks that live in Renacimiento, the pepenadores. These are the hearty souls that sort through the thousands of kilos of trash that arrive at the dump every day and separate out materials that can be sold and recycled (or upcycled, I suppose).
I had been wanting to visit the basurero in Oaxaca for about a year and a half and to meet some of the pepenadores that I had heard so much about. I was very excited. But as we came... More »
ObseletosLast Updated on 2009-09-07 00:00:00
Obsoletos is a project of investigation, creation and difusion of creative systems of transforming technological waste and residues, understanding as such, any electronic apparatus, storage media or hardware that has over time become obsolete or damaged: computers, peripherals, magnetic tapes, motherboards, etc..
The website is in Spanish. Here is a description of what they´re up to:
Obsoletos es un proyecto de investigación, creación y difusión de sistemas creativos de transformación de residuos tecnológicos, entendiendo como tales todo aparato electrónico, soporte de almacenamiento o hardware que con el tiempo ha quedado en desuso o deteriorado: ordenadores, periféricos, cintas magnéticas, placas base, etc.
Obsoletos está ideado y producido por Basurama, El club del ocio y Skot Pérez, un grupo de amigos que llevábamos trabajado de modo informal desde hace tiempo con... More »
Upcycled GardensLast Updated on 2009-08-14 21:45:37Here are some great examples of upcycling projects that you can do to enhance (or start) your garden. Even if you have little or no outdoor space upcycling can assist you in all your gardening endeavors. More »
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