Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pre-thinking Before Recycling


You know sculpture has been an important of culture since ancient times. It's an art of making -three dimensional works of art. A statue is an image such as a person or animal, that is sculpted in a solid substance. The Statue of Liberty and Rodin's The Thinker are two well-known statues.

Sculptures may be carved, chiseled, cast, modeled or constructed. They can be made of many different materials such as wood, stone, bronze, iron, steel, paper, marble, soap, clay, metal, chocolate, butter, snow, sand, ice and even balloons.

Maybe these materials will be no longer to use anymore;) You wonder how? It is possible to create interesting funny artwork by fishing your garbage!

Do you like water animals? A jelly fish, sea floor, anemone...

Miwa Koizumi, a Japanese artist, develops ''products'' using liquid containers like PETs, the ones which we used to get in our life: water bottles. Her creations are indeed extraordinary, as seen in the photos above, a series of water animals. No material fees. She does not depend on any suppliers, but hunt for the bottles herself. She has even made an aquarium using old plastic bottles. The gallery presentation of her PETs is in display in New York, check out her website.

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) is very natural, it is made from oil, which comes from really old plants. A PET is highly recyclable and it can be transformed again and again to un-imagined uses.

The tapestry seen above in the photo is made from plastic grocery bags by another artist; a beautiful recycled art.

Lets try to reduce waste by "pre-thinking" our purchases. Recycling is, of course, a positive thing. However it still requires energy to transport the materials, melt them down and then re-manufacture items. Here are some useful tips:

~ Buy items that come in recyclable packaging instead of non-recyclable.

~ Bring your own utensils with you instead of using plastic ones.

~ Buy in bulk, avoid individually wrapped items.

~ Use a computer instead of reading "real" magazines and newspapers.

~ Use cloth handkerchiefs and napkins.

~ Avoid junk mail.

And, of course, reduce and reuse as much as you can, FIRST! With reference to my previously posted article;

''All is for a Green world,
because nature can't wait until tomorrow''


  1. Wow, nice PET art.

    Good tips! Thanks for posting that.

    Some of your readers may be interested in Thomas Friedman's article in New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/15/magazine/15green.t.html

    BTW, I read that India exports a small electric car to the UK. The car is called Reva in India and the model in the UK is called G-Wiz.
    I wish more such cars are available at an affordable rate in India, as the new TATA car (for USD 2500) that I wrote about in my earlier comment is not really the solution for India.

  2. @ Hyderabad: You are like an executive assistant;) Kidding... not! Interesting article by T.Friedman in NYTimes. Hope all others can find a few seconds to jump in reading as it really worths being a perfect supportive one paralleling to my posting.
    Exactly I'm agree on necessity of a green President. Let me copy this wish also for Turkish authorities: to focus on the power of green! Thank you so much for being simply there and sharing with us.
    About the good export potential for electric cars in India, yeap, it is encouraged by the increasing focus on environmental norms. I read on the automarket news, that presently it is already on sale 60 cars per month in select cities in South India including Bangalore and Hyderabad. Of course, the use of zero-emission technology for development of mini cars makes its desirable one as provides a perfect solution for the dangerously emerging vehicular pollution problems in big cities like London, Istanbul, NYC... On the other hand, these electric vehicles internationally are priced two-to-three times higher. You know, India depends highly on imported oil. As for the marketing of those mini cars at affordable prices in your country as you wish, maybe requires some more time than projected, because oil is the major issue facing today. May our hopes in a ''green way'' be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century.

  3. どういたしまして。

    >”As for the marketing of those mini cars at affordable prices in your country as you wish, maybe requires some more time than projected, because oil is the major issue facing today.”

    Actually that should be a good reason (oil prices have gone up, and pollution is so high) for marketing those cars. The government is subsidizing petrol now (it is about USD 4.25 for a US gallon) just because of politics. Instead, or in addition, they can subsidize such cars HEAVILY. That seems like a sensible thing to do. I agree totally with your wish that our hopes for a green world should become the basis for a unifying political movement. Amen to that!

    ソフトウエア エンジニア ですけど今は仕事をしていません。

  4. Those are fantastic tips. If only all of us would do a little something for Mother Nature.

  5. @ Weboj: Needless to wait for all others, but each one of us -being the ONE- should be able to start doing something for Mother Nature. Then these little drops from our personally doings will turn to be ''an ocean''. Right now. Today. Lets get a start before too late, I think!