Posts Tagged ‘use less’

water water everwhere, but not a drop to drink

March 24, 2009

Here’s a great diagram showing how much water we use and how we can cut down. Courtesy of those good folks at Good Magazine.

http://awesome.goodmagazine.com/transparency/web/trans0309walkthisway.html

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A solar powered mobile phone.

March 22, 2009

The world’s first, launched last month by Dutch company Invitation

http://smartphone.biz-news.com/news/en_US/2009/02/17/0006b9b5d042d8987b5107fia

“This is the age of hybrids. It isn’t just the cars — we the drivers are hybrids, too.

March 12, 2009

“Our bodies used to be all flesh, but now we are wired to iPods, GPS devices and the Internet. The hybrids we drive are the hybrids we are, and it took the whole of the 20th century to mainstream the idea. The United States was always a nation of hybrids: Immigrants mixed here to make a new kind of people — a hybrid people called Americans. The 20th century, the “American century,” was the huge rush of euphoria that came from the mixing of so many differences. This was the reality, but acknowledging it was something else: Not until the 1970s did we allow the possibility that we could accept our roots and also be Americans. The age of the hyphen was upon us: We became African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Mexican-Americans and so on. Even Native Americans, while not hyphenated, were prefixed by “Native” to distinguish them from the Anglo-Saxons who insisted that they were just “Americans.” Hybrid reality preceded the hyphen in places like New Orleans, where mixed-race Creoles created jazz, that most American of all arts. At the beginning of the 20th century, artists started making hybrids, and they haven’t stopped since. Collage mixed paint and newspapers, assemblage assembled diverse materials, sculptors combined steel and foam, soft and hard, rock and water. What artists did was to rid us of the pernicious notions of “purity” circulated for centuries by overanesthetized and frustrated ideologues. Artists made obvious what everyone knows: There isn’t a single human being or any living thing that isn’t a combination of things. There are no pure races, there are no pure nations or tribes, and there are no clear lines of descent from the gods, who are themselves nothing but hybrids. Zeus even messed with animals, and the mono-God is composed of earlier gods like a psychedelic quilt. The human urge to claim some kind of purity is a curious feature of our hybrid natures, but it’s a dead end. Ideas of race purity lead to genocide. Setting apart one’s tribe or nation ends inevitably in war. Monopolizing the engine of a moving vehicle to burn only petroleum leads to disaster. All monopolies of vision that claim to be unhybridized are doomed to a tragic end. Happily, we’ve accepted first the hyphen, then the idea that we have more in common than what separates us. And now we have a hybrid, black and white leader, ready to drive the hybrid Americans of the 21st century to new sources of energy. Say it out loud: I’m hybrid and I’m proud.”

From Andrei Codrescu on NPR. Hear the podcast here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101751594

the coming water wars – by 2025 water availability per capita will be down by a third

March 11, 2009

check out this great graphic about water and the lack of it

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From the International Networks Archive

http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/

Wash your clothes then flush the toilet using the same water

March 6, 2009

(hint: try not to get the pipes plumbed in reverse)

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The entry from Sevin Coskun of Turkey for the Core77’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition 2008

http://www.core77.com/competitions/GreenerGadgets/projects/4609/

Trash to cash…turning discarded plastic bags into new bags in Ghana

March 4, 2009

People get money for collecting bags that litter the streets in Accra in Ghana, which are then sewn into handbags by Trashy Bags and sold. Everyone’s a winner baby.

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From http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ghanaian-fashion-accessory-is-plastic-fantastic-797147.html

more portraits of american mass consumption

February 27, 2009

Cell phone chargers, Atlanta 2004 (44×66″)

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http://www.chrisjordan.com

portraits of mass consumption

February 26, 2009

Cell Phones #2, Atlanta 2005 (40×90″)

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Photograph by Chris Jordan

http://www.chrisjordan.com

A solar powered sell phone made from recycled plastic

February 13, 2009

with a built-in pedometer that tells you how much CO2 emissions you’ve saved by walking.

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It’s Samsung’s Blue Earth and is due out in the second half of 2009

useless table

February 4, 2009

A table made from used magazines

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