It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –
I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.
So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.” —comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Priviledge: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)” (via ouiominy)
Trash Backwards is a neat DIY cradle-to cradle blog I stumbled upon. Frustrated with the accumulation of plastic in the environment, the Trash Backwards Team offers tons of ideas for repurposing and minimizing waste. They are currently working on an app that allows you get ideas for new purposes for things you want throw away. In a sense this is like environmental alchemy.
Hmmm…I wonder if the app will give me a good idea for what to do with my murder victims…….uhhh I mean old shoes.
Done with your chap-stick? Then turn the case into a salt and pepper shaker!
I love the craftiness of these guys. MacGyver would approve.