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Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017 by kevan
FINAL Catalogue of Manmade Material on the Moon.pdf
"This resource offers a
comprehensive catalogue of human artifacts on the Moon based on the currently available data." [...] "Conveyor assy., lunar equipment / Bag, deployment, lunar equipment conveyor / Golf balls (2) / Javelin"
space  litter 
november 2014 by kevan
Stranger Visions: DNA Collected from Found Objects Used to Create 3D Portraits | Colossal
"So I extract the DNA in the lab and then I amplify certain regions of it using a technique called PCR – Polymerase Chain Reaction. [...] Then I feed this information into a custom computer program I wrote which takes all these values which code for physical genetic traits and parameterizes a 3d model of a face to represent them."
genetics  art  litter 
may 2013 by kevan
Excalibur Publishing - Street Cleaning Simulator
"Your vehicle is a highly sophisticated street cleaning machine. It's equipped with three highly powered and independently operated brushes."
games  simulation  litter  via:amuchmoreexotic 
july 2011 by kevan
Joshua Klein - A Vending Machine for Crows
"Once we've got system down for teaching coin collection we'll move to seeing how flexibly they can learn *other* tasks, like collecting garbage, sorting through discarded electronics, or maybe even search and rescue."
birds  litter  technology  education 
may 2011 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Dustbot the street cleaning robot
"Dustbot's inventors say they hope it will put an end to fixed times for rubbish collection and they say it is designed to work in tightly packed urban areas where large refuse trucks find it difficult to operate."
robots  litter  upsideclone 
may 2009 by kevan
S.F. may crack down on 'flash mob' antics
"[Pillow fight] feathers also filled the Vaillancourt Fountain and threatened to jam and burn out its pumps. [...] DPW assigned three extra cleanup shifts - a total of 69 employees and an extra street sweeper truck - costing about $19,000."
society  law  litter  pollution  via:waxy 
march 2009 by kevan
My 46000 challenge
"I have resolved to 'save' one square mile of ocean by collecting 46,000 pieces of litter whilst walking on the beaches near my home." Fran Crowe's project is now complete, and archived with photos, catalogued and colour-coordinated.
plastic  litter  pollution  art 
november 2007 by kevan
Talking CCTV cameras accuse wrong person | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk
"Marie Brewster, 26, a young mother, appeared on TV news reports after a camera operator mistakenly thought she had dropped litter and boomed out a reprimand from the control centre in Middlesbrough."
surveillance  technology  litter  via:rodcorp 
april 2007 by kevan
Crowds gather goods washed from stricken ship | Guardian Unlimited Environment
"Police have been handing out forms to salvagers on which they must declare the items taken. The forms will then be sent to the official Receiver of Wreck, who will resolve the question of ownership."
pollution  litter  law 
january 2007 by kevan
Scotsman.com News - Council facing brush with the law over ban on litter patrols
"Council chiefs have admitted they will be breaking the law by halting street cleaning in a Lothian town. But they have vowed to go-ahead with the tactic in a bid to shock the public into clearing up after themselves."
litter  law  society  via:arbroath 
september 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Chutes will take rubbish from under your feet
"An underground waste collection system which sucks rubbish bags away at 70mph is to be introduced as part of the redevelopment of Wembley."
litter  air  underground  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
Magnum Photos - Spaceship Junkyard
"Altai, Russia - Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to toxic rocket fuel."
russia  space  litter  metal  pollution  via:haddock 
april 2006 by kevan
BoxBots ++ c 7 11 23
"I tried (and still do) to focus on using only lines and shapes that are in the original box to guide what the BoxBot will look like. While in Antarctica, I became obsessed with this project from the perspective of waste re-use."
litter  paper  robots  art 
march 2006 by kevan
Wooster Collective: How to Make a Plastic Bag Eating Giraffe
"Plastic bags that fly around in the wind are a lot of fun to watch but once they become lodged in tree branches, they don't do much. With this in mind, I made some tape giraffes to eat this debris."
plastic  litter  art  mammals  construction 
march 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Spacesuit radio 'alive' in orbit
"An old spacesuit stuffed with a radio transmitter and old clothes is still emitting a weak signal as it orbits the globe. [...] The makeshift satellite was tossed from the ISS by crew members McArthur and Tokarev as they began a six-hour spacewalk."
space  litter  radio  clothes 
february 2006 by kevan
My Way News - Sailor Gets Angry Reply to Bottle Message
"I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour. While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed of oceanic currents, I have another name for it, litter."
glass  litter  via:arbroath 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Shortcuts
More on pigeons ("Feral pigeons that are picking up chips will, like any individual, risk weight problems."), and also How To Read A Bookshelf: "One of the first things the police do when they raid a terrorist's home is examine the bookshelf."
pigeons  food  litter  books  terrorism 
july 2005 by kevan
icWales - Rise of super-pigeons due to food litter
"Fast food leftovers on Welsh streets is creating overweight 'super-pigeons', that rely on waste to survive." [...] "Pigeons become dependent on you for their diet and when flocks gather this spreads disease and drives smaller birds away."
pigeons  litter  food  pestilence  birds 
july 2005 by kevan
Beach 'n Billboard - Sand Imprinting
Appalling advertising-as-graffiti, embedding endlessly-looped logos and slogans into beach sand by dragging a roller behind a beach-cleaning machine. At least Brighton will be immune, until the pebble-sorting robots arrive.
advertising  technology  litter  via:holly 
june 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Street furniture seeks to catch you on the hop
Mobile benches and litter-bins in Cambridge, that meander around detecting their environment and one another. "At certain times of day, they will all gather together to sing in unison."
furniture  technology  litter  daleks 
june 2005 by kevan
Space Daily: Space Launch Scraps Providing Sustenance For Russian Villagers
"Scrap metal collectors generally will not comment on how much they collect in a year but fragmented data for 2003 alone indicated that about 20 tons of 'space metals' was collected."
space  litter  metal  pollution  russia  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
RSA - Our Work - The WEEE Man
"The huge 3 tonne figure stands 7 metres high and is totally composed of WEEE – from washing machines to mobile phones and electronic toys. This represents the amount of waste that a single person in the UK is likely to produce in a lifetime."
art  litter  metal  pollution  london  todo 
april 2005 by kevan
SocietyGuardian.co.uk | More than 30% of our food is thrown away
"According to Biffa, one of the largest waste handlers in Britain, households now throw out more than supermarkets and the food processing industry combined. Food waste is roughly one third by weight of all the waste produced by households."
food  litter  famine  plants  shops  via:qwghlm 
april 2005 by kevan
Absent without leave: Takahashi on ebay
"Giving them a flyer saying 'This isn't art, don't put it on ebay' is really just putting ideas into their heads."
art  money  litter 
april 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | 'Rubbish' art offered to visitors
Tomoko Takahashi's "My Play-station" at the Serpentine Gallery is being given away. "Other items visitors can take include vintage sewing machines, old computers, three stuffed blackbirds and a miniature pool table."
art  litter  london 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Tales of the underworld
Blake Morrison exploring the sewers of London. "But the real enemies are the fast-food outlets. [...] Where a slug of fat is several cubic metres in volume, pressure-jetting isn't enough to clear it - they have to use pick-axes instead."
london  society  litter  pollution  secrets  architecture  food  water 
march 2005 by kevan
Paul Kopeikin Gallery -- Current Exhibition
"I enjoy exploring [...] shipping ports and industrial junk yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed like eroded geological layers in the Grand Canyon. There I find evidence of a kind of slow-motion apocalypse in progress."
litter  art  plastic  phones  photos  apocalypse  metal  wood 
february 2005 by kevan
Addison - Permanent Collection
Includes a picture of Tom Fruin's "Discard" framed found-playing-card collection.
cards  litter  lunacy  art 
february 2005 by kevan
Interview with Tom Fruin
Mention of an eight-year attempt to build a deck of found cards. "The 7 of spades was folded and in the center of a sidewalk on a deserted street... I knew it was the final card before I touched it."
cards  litter  lunacy  interviews 
february 2005 by kevan
Deck O' Junk
A collaboratively assembled deck of found playing cards. "It's got a bee on the card, even though the company has nothing to do with Bee Playing Cards?"
cards  litter  lunacy  bees 
february 2005 by kevan
The Last Page - Crazy? No, Just One Card Shy of a Full Deck
"It was the beginning of my year-long hunt for one full deck of found playing cards. I created the rules. I had to find the cards on the sidewalks or streets of the city of New York, any borough. I could take no more than three cards at a time."
cards  litter  lunacy 
february 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Copper coins lose their shine
5.3 million of us admit to throwing small change away. "On average people have £8.45 of loose change at any one time."
litter  money 
december 2004 by kevan
California Computer News: Phones into Flowers
"[There is] a small transparent window in the case or cover in which they can embed a seed. The seed is visible to the environmentally aware mobile phone user but will not germinate until the phone cover or case is recycled."
litter  phones  plants 
december 2004 by kevan
NYC Garbage
Sealed and dated plastic cubes containing gathered New York litter.
art  litter  plastic 
november 2004 by kevan
The Junction - Public Art Commision - Bins and Benches
"Each bench drifts slowly around the square, no faster than a strolling human, and is equipped with sensors that detect the presence of objects in its immediate vicinity, coming to a complete halt when any object is closer than two metres."
furniture  litter  robots 
october 2004 by kevan
grocerylists.org | The Grocery List Collection
"I found an abandoned grocery list in a Schnuck's parking lot in St. Louis in 1996 or 1997. I decided to keep them every time I came across one. And the internet is a great place to do stupid things."
food  litter  paper  shops 
october 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Chinese satellite smashes into house
"A giant parachute with a conical-shaped black 'top' was seen falling from the sky and landed through the roof of a villager's house in the Tianbeizi vegetable market area."
china  dereliction  litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Life | Lost in space: the killer screwdriver
"Old bits of satellite and astronauts' spanners can reach speeds of thousands of miles an hour as they fall through space. [...] Flecks of paint from satellites have been known to cause pits half a centimetre deep in the windows of the US space shuttle."
litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
blablabla : Dead Umbrellas
"On this one stretch of road this afternoon I was amazed to find 20 plus dead umbrellas in garbage bins, as road kill, or discarded in the middle of the sidewalk." Being eaten by killer robot wastebins.
death  litter 
october 2004 by kevan
Reuters | Australian Town Joins Global War on Plastic Bags
"Thousands of turtles, birds and other marine animals are killed each year after mistaking the millions of bags in the world's oceans for squid and jellyfish."
birds  chelonians  illusions  litter  plastic  pollution  squid 
august 2004 by kevan
Trashlog: Collecting a piece of trash for the internet every day
Daily photographs of found, papery litter. Very Paul Auster, although I can't remember why.
litter  paper  photos  weblogs 
july 2004 by kevan
Independent : Moose, public-spirited graffiti artist, cleans up
Inverse graffiti - scrubbing urban concrete clean with a stencil. But advertisers are lazily attempting to circumvent fly-posting laws with it.
advertising  art  cheating  graffiti  litter 
june 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | London | Celebrities used as gum targets
Grids of celebrity photos to stick unwanted chewing gum over, Tube-escalator style. Far more unpleasant than pale discs of scatter-plot pavement gum.
advertising  food  litter  london  psychology 
may 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Study finds oceans of old plastic
Microscopic polymer waste is everywhere. I still enjoy Ronald Wright's vision of 20th-century humanity laying down a polycarbon layer as a mineable fuel for distant-future earth species.
litter  plastic  pollution 
may 2004 by kevan

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