Being Green

I love my planet.  Really, I do.  It’s one of the reasons I am in love with clay.  Clay is about recycling.

I want to change the world with clay and with care.

To be the change I want to see in the world, instead of waiting and waiting and waiting, always waiting for someone else to do it.  We’re always waiting.

Our Field this year challenges us to look at the world through the eyes of the unborn: through the eyes of Future Generations.

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Above, you see a Living Wall.

I think these are the BEE’S KNEES.  Why? Well, first off, a lot of bees are dying, so we need more plants which are hospitable to bees.  If the bees die out, we die out, as a planet, as a species. HELP BEES!!

Secondly, we don’t have enough green in our cities anymore.  Why?  Because we built too many buildings – right where the trees and the grass used to be.  So we need to put some back into our cities.  Vertical green spaces are great because they are only adding something to a place.  There really is no down side…  Green spaces are much better for mental health, for physical health.

People tend to respond best to complex landscapes, with open woodlands, and many types of plants, compared to simple open fields, or woods with a single kind of tree (a scientific study I need to reference).  People recover faster from mental and physical ailments when exposed to green spaces, compared to those who are not.  Prisoners with a green view reform faster than those who are not.  These stats come from a video I can’t find right now, but I will.

We can make edible cutlery and biodegradeable bottles, as demonstrated by Ari Jónsson at a design festival in Reykjavik in March earlier this year.  The bottles are made with algae.

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We can even turn less easily recyclable plastics into useful products, as shown by precious plastic!

We can have people making almost zero waste.  It is possible.  Lauren Singer’s (@Trashis4Tossers) way of life encourages us that we only need to make small changes to the way we consume to make this change.  No packaging – instead, bringing our own and reusing it over and over.  Boxes, tins, bottles, cloth bags, the list goes on.  We have only to buy from stores which supply things from the bulk packing: a large amount of waste suddenly doesn’t have to exist.  We simply need more of those stores.  Already the tax on plastic bags has made an enormous difference to the way people use them: they don’t anymore, a lot of the time bringing their own reusable bags, or more often purchasing sturdier bags for a little more so that these can be used repeatedly.

 

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Illustrator and Ceramist, proficient sewing machine addict who loves his cat.

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