Archive | August, 2010

Should Delhi 2010 Upcycle?

22 Aug

Here’s where we’re at: earlier this year, the Delhi Government estimated the Games will produce around 3000 tonnes of waste.

In May, we met with the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee to set up this project. Although they’re interested, they are yet to officially say yes to giving us any Games waste.

We’ll be meeting with them again in early September to get the final go ahead.

Rather than seeing waste from the Games end up in landfill, you can help us show the Delhi 2010 organisers that this project has public support by:

1. registering your voice by voting on our ‘Should Delhi 2010 Upcycle’ poll (to the right of this post)

2. subscribing to our blog or following us on Twitter or Facebook

3. forwarding this blog on to those who’d like to see ‘good things made out of Games waste!’


What’s Upcycling?

14 Aug

Put simply, it’s  the “reuse” in “reduce, reuse, recycle”. Upcycling refers to the practice of taking disposable or discarded things and repurposing them into valuable, useful, or simply aesthetically pleasing items.

How is it different to recycling? Recycling also prevents waste from going to our garbage dumps by extracting materials from items once they have been discarded. But, as McDonough and Braungart argue in their book Cradle to Cradle, recycling technologies can often lead to ‘downcycling’ of materials into products of lesser quality or value

There are heaps of online discussions about the benefits of upcycling, often giving great examples. So we’d rather get straight to it and show you some of Conserve India’s upcycled products:

The 'Breeda': making rubber tyres and old shopping bags 'a little bit fancy'

The 'Tassels': a no hassles way to do something good for people and the planet

The 'Porsche': strap yourself in to a new way of thinking about seatbelts

The 'Bermuda': how to do your shopping with the greenest of green bags

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