Friday, July 31, 2015

The Art of Recycling

This film about community & art recycling in Mexico comes with a lovely explanation (below) that describes everything better than I can (with narration and background music, for those of you at work):

Recycling as Art in Mexico - Permacyclists #5 from Permacyclists on Vimeo.

Entre Amigos is just one of those organizations that gets what sustainability is all about. They are not an environmental organization so much as a community organization where, as founder Nicole Swedlow put it, "Everything we do is in some way focused on the environment."

Their work is infused by the values and ideas like those of the Earth Charter. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - sure, that's environmental kindergarten at this point and Entre Amigos has it down pat. Not only do they supplement their funding with sale of recycled artwork, but wandering through their main building (itself built almost entirely from recycled materials) is like seeing inside the mind of some crazy recycle-genius. There's a chair made from a surfboard - then another made from wooden shipping pallets - and then another made from used soda-can tabs. Not to mention the egg-carton lampshade, the road-sign table, the fruit-crate bookshelf, the propane-tank lamps, the dozens of beautiful glass products made from old bottles - or the community-built recycle park built for a local school that had won a recycling competition.

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