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    Trash Photos IX: A Very Special Fashion Show

    Saturday, December 9th, 2006

    The picture at right is from a fashion show now underway in Belo Horizonte (capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais) for dresses, pants, blouses and accessories. Why is it featured here? Look closer.  The dress that first model is wearing is made from used telephone calling cards stitched together.  In fact, all the […]


    Trash Photos VIII: More Christmas Trees Made from Recyclables

    Monday, November 27th, 2006

    I’ve found some interesting examples of elementary school competitions in Brazil getting classes to construct Christmas trees from recyclable packaging waste — whether plastic bottles (whole or sliced up), plastic bags, metal cans, or even aseptic drink boxes (Tetra brik). They are, of course, accompanied by discussion with the kids of the different materials, why […]


    Trash Photos VII: A Christmas Tree Made of PET Bottles

    Saturday, November 18th, 2006

    You have to hand it to the Brazilians! They not only find creative ways to turn wastes into art, they do it with their own sense of style. This is the municipal “Christmas tree” made mostly of used PET bottles greeting visitors this season in the town of Novo Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro.


    Trash Photos VI: Husk Mountains

    Thursday, October 26th, 2006

    I took the above picture in July 2003 while traveling by car on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic with my family. When I saw this fenced lot stacked high with this waste and realized what they were, I pulled over, got out and walked up to the chain-link fence. The lot’s watchman came […]


    Trash Photos V: Municipal Banners & Hard Realities

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

    Municipal governments often try to influence their citizenry through slick banners hung from lamp posts that carry inspirational or educational messages. They look good and make nice photos. But they do not always reflect the reality “on the ground.” A case in point: the picture at right was taken in August 2005 along the Malecon […]


    Trash Photos IV: The Carioca Model

    Monday, October 2nd, 2006

    I took the above photo in the offices of Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Urban Sanitation Company (Companhia Municipal de Limpeza Urbana – Comlurb) this past spring. Every year when in Rio I meet with a friend in Comlurb who is a well-known and well-informed waste expert. Sometimes we meet at Comlurb’s main office in Tijuca, […]


    “Trash Photos” III: Houses Made of PET

    Monday, September 25th, 2006

    Photo: Rodrigues Moura, in Eco-Pop I mentioned in my prior “Trash Photos” post some of the creative ways Brazilians are thinking about reuse and recycling of materials from end-of-life products and their packaging. Here’s another one: constructing houses utilizing empty PET bottles. Yes, those plastic bottles everyone’s soft drinks come in these days, particularly the […]


    “Trash Photos” II: Creative Recycling

    Saturday, September 9th, 2006

    From tiny seeds mighty trees grow. — Old Proverb Here’s some more in my series of photos about trash and recycling (see the prior post of the trash bin made from recycled Tetra-brik packaging). Take a close look at the one on the right — it’s a “disco purse” made of used drink can tabs liberated […]


    “Trash Photos”

    Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

    From time to time I’ll be posting in this blog some of what my family and friends have jokingly come to call “trash photos” — pictures taken everywhere — mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, but some in North America too — on my favorite issue, waste management, in all its manifestations. Some I’ll […]

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