Design collective Spurse’s newest project is the ‘Eat Your Sidewalk‘ experimental cookbook, which teaches people how to forage and cook food found in urban environments.
Pictured: pRecycle, a human-powered, aluminum can crushing machine designed by a group of industrial design students at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Ben Bush, their professor, [provides] an explanation of how Louisiana’s local culture has informed the project.
Core77: Tell us about “pRecycling,” and the impetus behind the pRecycle.
Ben Bush: “pREcycling” is a term that we use to describe the sorting of recyclables before they are sent to a reclaiming facility. We have been seeking ways to recycle aluminum, plastics, and in the future paper. Food and drink contamination along with improper sorting are a few of our biggest issues. Special vessels and the can crusher are our latest rendtion of “pREcycling efforts.”
The initial driving force behind “pREcycling” was to create a business venture out of recycling. Louisiana has a giant festival culture and for good reason—it’s the best food in the world! Louisiana has more than 400 festivals a year, [with most involving] food or drink. A local business owner heavily encouraged us to create concepts that would be more proficient for recycling at festivals.
Essentially, if we can get patrons to sort their goods, we won’t have to send a conglomerate of recyclables to a sorting facility. Most cities like Lafayette and New Orleans send their recyclables to Baton Rouge for processing. Baton Rouge is an hour from both Lafayette and New Orleans and we know that keeping the service local would have less impact on the environment.
Continuing our celebration of National Library Week:
Jackson [New Hampshire] Public Library partnered with the local historical society to re-erect the Trickey Barn, which dates to the 1850s but was dismantled in 2008, for use as the new library building. It replaces an 800-square-foot facility that lacked plumbing. The new structure offers Wi-Fi, plenty of seating, and is accessible to people with disabilities.
Architect: Denis Mires, P.A. The Architects
A growing number of large food and beverage companies in the United States are assuming the costs of recycling their packaging after consumers are finished with it, a responsibility long imposed on packaged goods companies in Europe and more recently in parts of Asia, Latin America and Canada. Several factors are converging to make what is known as “extended producer responsibility” more attractive and, perhaps, more commonplace in the United States.
“Local governments are literally going broke and so are looking for ways to shift the costs of recycling off onto someone, and companies that make the packaging are logical candidates,” said Jim Hanna, director of environmental impact at the Starbucks Corporation. “More environmentally conscious consumers are demanding that companies share their values, too.”
Perhaps most important, he said, “companies are becoming more aware that resources are limited and what they’ve traditionally thrown away — wow, it has value.” It is now cheaper to recycle an aluminum can into a new can than it is to make one from virgin material, and the same is becoming true for plastic bottles.
Posterchild is ramping up his arboreal assault on Williamsburg. Putting an abandoned phone booth to use, the Toronto-based street artist installed another evergreen near the last one on Bedford Ave.
Well, I just answered my own question from that previous phone booth-centered post — in which I asked if there are other example of repurposed phone booths that we haven’t yet featured on Unconsumption.
In that post, I linked to the “urban intervention” tag on one of my other Tumblrs, and found this phone booth! (I thought I’d reblogged it from Unconsumption; turns out it’s from urbangreens.)
Still, do let me know if there are other phone booth examples you’ve seen that you suggest we add to the Unconsumption phone booth series!