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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Admin
Last week we blogged about e-waste, and the impact that our technologically obsessed, through away culture is having on our environment. One of the worst culprits of e-waste has to be the mobile phone. I have had my phone for just over two years and its all bit broken. Not from me treating it roughly, but simply because they aren’t built to last and because its the developers sneaky trick to make us upgrade all the time. Starship’s Mobile Phone Appeal takes all your old phones – in whatever shape or form of disrepair they might be – and recycles and refurbishes them with the money going to kids that really need it. They send out cute little envelopes that you can put your old phones in and send them away, and as Starship says, your old mobile phone could save a life – much better than it clogging up landfills.
Old Mobile phones save lives!
Over the course of the first two years of their appeal, Starship has raised $1.5million and over 480,000 phones have been donated. The cool thing about the mobile phone appeal is that it really is an all round win-win situation: you get rid of your own phone, it doesn’t go to a landfill where it definitely doesn’t belong, and you are helping Starship help sick New Zealand kids.
So if you haven’t got one of the cute envelopes in the mail and you want to be part of this campaign, there are a whole bunch of ways that you can get involved. If you work in an office, next June get involved in the Bring a Phone to Work campaign, where you get all the old office and personal phones together and send them off at the end of the month. If you can’t wait till June or you are an individual, you can grab some of those cute envelopes from a whole bunch of places including ASB Bank, Vodafone and the Warehouse. Check out the Find Out How page for full details. Or, if you are a school get involved in the School Phone Swap where you get your students to donate old phones, donate to Starship and also get a whole bunch of rewards for your efforts such as whiteboards and sporting gear.
Support Starship to support kids and support the environment. Sounds pretty feel good to me.
Friday, August 27th, 2010 by Admin
Use egg cartons in the garden and then compost them.
Another week has flown by. The SIFT week has been full of a couple of new potential applicants, board papers, research, current projects management and some admin thrown in for good measure.
Lots of different things have popped up through our google reader and other newsletters, here’s the best links for you this week:
- Past SIFT project Envirocomp has received $30,000 through the MfE’s Waste Minimisation Fund to carry out a feasibility study on expanding their nappy composting. More here.
- Photos of dumped e-waste being searched through by Ghanians looking for the valuable metals to sell. Not the best photos – this is quite sad and should not be occuring. More here from The New York Times.
- Waveney from Rubbish Free’s roundup of their weekend at the Nelson Eco Fest here.
- Have you found your WalkScore yet? More here from World Changing. Walk Score is based on Google Maps so it you know there are more services and utilities in your area that would make your Walk Score better update Google Maps with the information.
- Philipe Stark has designed home and urban usable wind turbines. From Greenpages. Now they would be a stylish addition to any home.
- Creative ways to drink tap water from Re-Nest here.
- Molly Eagen is a 25 year living in Minneapolis, USA and is attempting, as part of her thesis, to live 100 days without oil. This is a well researched blog that provides great ideas and new ways to live for all of us. Oil permeates nearly all facets of our 21st century lives so we are looking forward to seeing how she gets on living without it. Could you live 100 days without oil? (Originally via Re-Nest).
- Interactive map that shows the Earth breathing – tracking global CO2 emissions in real time. It takes 14 minutes for New Zealand to clock up 1000 tonnes. It is very well done and you can scroll over each country to see the stats.
- The biodegradable pen from GOOD USA.
- The United Nations Environment Programme has released a new report on sustainability and behaviour change. This is a great tool for all of you in communications, marketing and social change. Developed in conjunction with our favourite Sustainability Communications organisation – Futerra. You can download the report here (originally via Celsias).
- Love this video celebrating the 2010 World Humanitarian Day here.
- This is another great infographic …The National Geographic looks at how much water is embedded in everything we use (note these measurements may be different for NZ). Scroll to the right to see a whole raft of different products from meat, vege, oil, energy, solar. Very interesting.
- This has been one of the blog topics this week so we might as well add it to the list too – Japanese firm Blest is making fuel out of plastic. The video shows how it is all done. We like the way that the machine is portable and could be used for smaller or remote sites.
- Maybe we should just do a graphics blog post! Here is another one from the BBC showing how big different things are against the size of your own country - things like the Pakistan floods, the Pyramids, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, World War II and the Twin Towers.
- Also from the BBC Mexico has completely banned plastic bags and if you use them you go to jail! More here.
That will definitely keep you going for the weekend and we hope it is a waste free one!
P.S You might have noticed that our waste counter is lighter than it was last week. We have updated it to be in line with the waste statistics from the Christchurch City Council for the year to June 2010 which is 179,207 tonnes to Kate Valley Landfill. That’s a 20% drop on last year meaning our waste counter would have been way out. It was updated by the nice people at HairyLemon.
*Image via here.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010 by Admin
While looking for some images of e-waste art from around the world I came across artist Chris Jordan. His work is thought provoking and makes you feel a little ill at the massive amounts of consumption. The below images are from his Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption. He has just completed a new book called Running the Numbers which looks at the collective consumer behaviours of Americans. New Zealander’s collectively don’t consume anywhere near the same levels as the US but we do consume and for some products in the hundreds of thousands (and millions for cell phones).
And where does it all go when it is no longer wanted? When it becomes waste?
Chris Jordan Circuit Boards Atlanta 2004 via Inhabitat
Chris Jordan Cell Phone Chargers Atlanta 2004 via Inhabitat
Chris Jordan Cell Phones 2007, Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones disposed of in the US every day.
Chris Jordan Cell Phones 2007 Partial Zoom
Chris Jordan Cell Phones 2007 Actual Size
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 by Admin
Just before Christmas we chose the winners of our e-waste competition. For the most sustainable/commercial category the winner is Alan Leifting from Christchurch. His idea was to modify cell phone battery chargers so they can be used as DC power supplies for other electronic products.
SIFT CEO Linda Norris with e-waste competition winner Alan Leifting.
And the winner of the most artistic/creative category was Jo Wynne who won our artistic/creative category for our last competition. Jo entered two really cool 3D pieces of art made from old electronic equipment. Our favourite is the one on she is holding. Love the copper elements mixed with black and silver and hanging down on wire.
SIFT CEO Linda Norris with e-waste competition winner Jo Wynne.
Jo Wynne's e-waste art
Both winners received a 2008 iPod Nano which they were super pleased with. A nice end to the year.
Monday, November 30th, 2009 by Admin
Via the lovely and informative blog Fake Plastic Fish we stumbled across the best bit of art from waste we have seen for a long time. As we have put the call out to Cantabarians on entering our e-waste competition which includes an artistic category it is interesting to see what others are doing.
There is a great interview with Dianna Cohen on the Fake Plastic Fish blog about her work with plastics, cardboard, styrofoam and even plastic ties.
But here are some photos of her arwork (via Fake Plastic Fish) and check out her website for more great photos.
Dianna Cohen via Fake Plastic Fish
Dianna Cohen via Fake Plastic Fish
Dianne Cohen via Fake Plastic Fish
Monday, November 23rd, 2009 by Admin
We have decided to extend the e-waste competition so it closes the week before Christmas. This gives you another month to get your entries in.
We would love to see some new ideas on how we can reduce our e-waste going to landfill and a great bit of e-waste art for our Green Boardroom and don’t forget we have two iPod Nanos up for grabs. You can enter here.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Admin
This little old cell phone will not end up in the Kate Valley Landfill. We are sending it to Vodafone so it can end up with an entrepreneur (who we love to help) in a developing country, through the Enable Community organisation . If it is still okay to be used some lucky person will be able to utilise the technology for their new business. If not, the parts will be recovered and reused in other products. Hoorah for a solution.
This piece of e-waste will not end up in Landfill
Monday, November 2nd, 2009 by Admin
Source: Flickr: Rvibek
Millions of computers, cell phones, cameras, televisions, iPods and other electronic devices are bought each year and the number is growing. When they are no longer wanted most end up in landfills with over 80,000 tonnes of electronic waste (“e-waste”) being sent to landfills annually.
E-waste contains toxic materials that can leach out of landfills causing environmental pollution and damage. Other materials such as steel and copper wiring can be recovered and be reused.
Because of the large amounts of hazardous e-waste going to landfill we decided to ask the community for new ideas on how we can reduce the large amount of hazardous e-waste that is ending up in New Zealand landfills (where it will sit for hundreds of years). Do you have any ideas?
The SIFT e-waste competition has two main categories:
- The most sustainable and commercially viable idea, or
- The most creative and artistic idea (we are looking for some e-waste art made out of personal
Source: Flickr: CP
entertainment equipment for our Green Boardroom).
Please fill in the form on the e-waste Competition page of our website and if you are entering the artistic/creative category please send the e-waste art to Unit 17, 212 Antigua Street, Christchurch.
The competition is open to all Cantabrians.
Competition closes Friday 20 November, 2009.
The winners will receive an iPod Nano each and will be notified Wednesday 2 December, 2009 and listed on the SIFT website Friday 4 December, 2009.
More information and full terms and conditions can also be found on our website.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 by Admin
Here are Linda’s top 14 highlights (in no particular order) from last week’s WasteMinz conference held here in Christchurch. There were four days of workshops, site visits and networking – a must for anyone involved in the waste industry.
- Lisa Smith – The Thinker – ground breaking thinking
- Tyres – discussed the models and the realities of recycling tyres in New Zealand
- Louisa Palmer – the future of recycling and the bottle bank on her trade stand
- Sulo Talbot & SIFT’s basketball challenge at the Smart environmental recycling stand – prizes galore…business card holders, wine and even a cafe table and chair set up for grabs – well done to both who received a high score on Day 2 with 96 points in 45 seconds! Great conversations and lots of fun. Apparently it even generated a business idea, but shhh mum’s the word!
- FriendlyPak/Agpac – biodegradable products
- Presentation by Mark Inglis – innovation in R&D which is much needed in NZ, “in the last 100 years we have learnt more than in the past 20,000 years – what are we going to learn in the next 10 years?”, communication , connections and being proactive about what you need to do for the future. Mark also talked about how people need to become more socially responsible and businesses need to lead the way as change makers. “We need to be optimists as opposed to optimalists.”
- Christian Noble – debunking the waste to energy myth – experiences from Denmark so we can broaden our knowledge
- Presentation by Martyn Pinckard, Director of Operations from MfE
- E-Waste – Kumar Radharkrishnan, SIMS recycling services, APAC – what’s being recycled and is there a model for Canterbury? Can Canterbury lead the way for e-waste as well?
- Visit to Kate Valley Landfill – surprised the slick operation and cleanliness.
- Product Stewardship – A commercial study – turning nappies into compost
- The formal dinner at the Christchurch Airforce museum – just an awesome location…
- Sulo Talbot’s Worms on Wheels product – great idea
- Trade Commission of Denmark – forever helpful in connecting NZ and Denmark
Photos of the highlights will be up next week.
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