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How Do I Recycle That? (Athletic Shoes)

Sunnier days mean more time spent outdoors. If your hiking, biking, walking, and general outdoorsyness kicks into gear in the summer, you may be thinking about replacing your athletic shoes.

Before you toss the old ones in the trash, consider recycling them instead! (You can always donate an old pair, but let’s face it: if you don’t no longer want them, it’s a good bet no one else will either.)
Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program lets you drop old sneaks of any brand at certain Nike stores (here in L.A., the Niketown on Wilshire is a drop off location) and they’ll grind em up and make something new out of them. It’s a closed loop system where you use your shoes for playing and then send them on to be recreated into a playing surface like a playground or basketball court for kids. Pretty cool right?
DBlawg thinks this is totally awesome!

“Every Single Thing You See Is Future Trash. Everything.”

That’s Robin Nagle, the New York City Department of Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence, talking to The Believer about our relationship with trash, and what our garbage says about us. The interview is fascinating, and some of Nagle’s words are just revelatory.

BLVR: You, and William Rathje also, see [garbage] as also a cognitive problem.

RN: Well, it’s cognitive in that exact way: that it is quite highly visible, and constant, and invisibilized. So from the perspective of an anthropologist, or a psychologist, or someone trying to understand humanness: What is that thing? What is that mental process where we invisibilize something that’s present all the time?

The other cognitive problem is: Why have we developed, or, rather, why have we found ourselves implicated in a system that not only generates so much trash, but relies upon the accelerating production of waste for its own perpetuation? Why is that OK?

And a third cognitive problem is: Every single thing you see is future trash. Everything. So we are surrounded by ephemera, but we can’t acknowledge that, because it’s kind of scary, because I think ultimately it points to our own temporariness, to thoughts that we’re all going to die.

Some other interesting points: Humans are some of the only animals not attracted to garbage’s smells and odors. Modern cities are quite literally built on trash—and trash’s role in urban topography can’t be overstated. In the past, cities used to stink. Not only that, but they were so full of waste and excrement, that they were hotbeds of disease. Modern sanitation, according to Nagle, is as vital a public service as the work done by police or fire departments. Sanitation workers, therefore, deserve far more prestige and reverence than they currently enjoy.

Photo (cc) by Flickr user D’Arcy Norman

DBlawg reports on ways you can create LESS or even ZERO waste at home! Check this out (CLICK HERE)

This is an awesome/hilarious billboard!

This is the website that you should check out :

How to Achieve Zero Waste at Home in Six Steps

Zero Waste is more than just a visionary goal– it’s a practice that’s easier to adopt than you may think. The basic principle is that nothing should be thrown into landfills– that everything is somehow reused or repurposed. There’s no better place to take the practical steps towards zero waste than in your own home. We talked to Steven Mandzik, founder of A Clean Life and Zero Waste expert, about how to cut your household’s trash down to nothing.


Personal Footprint

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bicycle sharing program in Montreal

August 5, 2010

Long Beach continued its challenge to all mayors, including L.A.’s Villaraigosa, around the country in its bid to become the greenest city in America. On Tuesday, the city officially announced a new bicycle sharing program, something that has been talked about for years in Los Angeles, but has not been able to get off the ground, even if for one area like downtown.

To launch in the Spring, the program will include 500 bicycles to be found at more than 50 bicycle kiosks in the downtown area, including near hotels for tourists, and around the CSULB campus, according to the Press-Telegram. Additionally, a car sharing program is expected to begin in the Fall of 2011.

Metro gave Long Beach grant funding — Los Angeles also received some, but plans have not been announced — so the city could become an “Integrative Mobility Hub,” which gives commuters even more options when they park their car or get off a bus or train, playing into the all too important, yet hardly talked about first and last mile concept.

DBlawg thinks this is totally awesome – way to go Long Beach for being a progressive part of Los Angeles transportation!

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