A friend of mine -- let's call her Heidi -- has become insomniacal over the increasing amounts of waste deluging our planet. There is no distracting Heidi from her never-ending trash thought-loop. She has good reason to freak out over how much trash we generate.
Mattress recycling is not without its challenges: The cost of tearing down the mattress and preparing the recyclable materials usually exceeds the value of the recycled material, and there are logistical challenges involved in transporting used mattresses.
I doubt my grandpa would ever have imagined that the Marine-issued duffel bag he slugged around during World War II would 70 years later carry lipgloss, change and a cell phone and hang from the arm of an indie diva. But Alice Saunders could.
Originally sourcing their materials from the waste bins of second-hand goods shipping companies in Miami's Little Haiti, the duo still make their sculptures primarily from the discarded items of daily life.
As solar moves from the fringe to the mainstream, insiders and watchdog groups are beginning to talk about producer responsibility and recycling in an attempt to sidestep the pitfalls of electronic waste.