Archive for January, 2008

Photos from Wellington installation

January 29, 2008

Here are some photos of our shipping container / viewing space / studio from September 2007 in Wellington.

We spent the month (part of Intenscity festival) creating the installation in the container and also did a video performance that became the running installation. Photos by David Read @ firstfloor.co.nz

Thumbnails below that link to images.

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Link fest.

January 29, 2008

Just been surfing around digging up some info for our ongoing project. Amazing what you can find out in 30minutes!

Background Facts and info
Paper vs. Plastic – The Shopping Bag Debate
Opinion piece with interesting information on paper versus plastic shopping bags plus short background on the method for making plastic bags.
www.greenfeet.net/newsletter/debate.shtml

Good blog about green issues with a focus on plastic bags + has cool counter about how many bags are being used this year!
agreenidea.com/

Irish bag tax hailed success / 2002
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2205419.stm

A Necessary Eyesore?
Great bag facts from around the world dated 2002.
www.worldwatch.org/node/1499

Alternatives to plastic bags
http://www.dirtworks.net/BioBag/Biodegradeable-Kitchen-Bag.html
http://www.reusablebags.com/

The Plastics Industry
Industry news – you need to setup a login to read articles
http://www.myplasticsindustry.com/NewsHeadLines.aspx

“The Film and Bag Federation (FBF) is a business unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) that actively promotes the growth of the plastic film and bag industry.”
http://www.plasticbag.com/

2006 econmic worth of the plastics industry
http://www.myplasticsindustry.com/showspecificfiles/myplasticsindustry/data.html

Industry related recycling awareness sites and agencies.
http://earth911.org/
http://www.plasticbagrecycling.org/

History of the Plastic Bag

January 29, 2008

Taken from http://www.plasticsindustry.org/about/fbf/environment.htm

1957 The first baggies and sandwich bags on a roll are introduced.

1958 Poly dry cleaning bags compete with traditional brown paper.
1966 Plastic bag use in bread packaging takes over 25 to 30 percent of the market.

1966 Plastic produce bags on a roll are introduced in grocery stores.

1969 The New York City Sanitation Department’s “New York City Experiment” demonstrates that plastic refuse bag curbside pickup is cleaner, safer and quieter than metal trash can pick-up, beginning a shift to plastic can liners among consumers.

1974/75 Retailing giants such as Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Jordan Marsh, Allied, Federated and Hills make the switch to plastic merchandise bags.

1973 The first commercial system for manufacturing plastic grocery bags becomes operational

1977 The plastic grocery bag is introduced to the supermarket industry as an alternative to paper sacks.

1982 Kroger and Safeway start to replace traditional craft sacks with polyethylene “t-shirt” bags.
1990 The first blue bag recycling program begins with curbside collection.

1990 Consumer plastic bag recycling begins through a supermarket collection-site network.

1992 Nearly half of U.S. supermarkets have recycling available for plastic bags.

1996 Four of five grocery bags used are plastic.

How much oil is used to make a pound of typical plastics?

January 24, 2008

Check out this interesting article Morgan found about how plastic is made and also how much oil it takes to make a foam cup.

http://www.grist.org/advice/ask/2007/03/14/plastics/index.html?source=daily