I saw this recycling box at the local camera shop. No, I wasn’t shopping, I had to go there for work. I was surprised to see the red dot that says, “10% of proceeds will go to charity”. 10%? There are a lot of collection boxes where all of the proceeds go to charity. I know there’s some cost involved with the recycling or repurposing of electronics, but this is clearly a retail profit center. I’m not against retailers making money, but if you have a choice of 10% or 100% of proceeds going to help people, wouldn’t you rather choose 100%?
The really important thing here is that these electronics don’t end up in a landfill. Most of them contain toxic materials that pollute our drinking water and our environment. As long as the dumb phones, VCR’s, camcorders, old cameras and old computers stay out of the trash, I can live with a little bit of retailer pocket padding. If you have a choice of 10% or 100% though, go for the 100%.
A few years ago, in my “excessable” art show, I had a gift card rug made out of 1296 gifts cards from different stores. The show was in July and I left the rug in the car a little too long in the heat, melting a good portion of it.
I recently used some of the gift cards in a video shoot. I had to take them out and clean them up, as they’ve been sitting in my garage for years. I’ve added a few to the collection, with thoughts of putting the rug back together. Problem: no box tape and no retail shopping. I need to get creative with the pile of cards. I have a few ideas…
I did get creative with the pile of rotary dial phones that were used in the show. I really had no intention of keeping them, but they’re just fun to have around. I’ve used them for many photo shoots, video shoots and props. Right now, they’re a permanent art fixture in my foyer.
Here’s some of the photos…
I know it’s crazy to keep all this stuff from my art show, but it’s not in a landfill and I do use it occasionally, or some of it, all the time. I think I’ll hang on to the phones and gift cards for a while. If I do get rid of them, I’ll make sure they go to a great home.
My video is finally done and available! Click here to watch it.
This stop motion video project was created for a contest that AT&T is doing through zooppa.com. Here’s the concept, as posted on AT&T’s site.
The AT&T Simplify Your Life video contest is a chance for you to make your own video about AT&T’s Online Services, such as Paperless Billing, Account Management, AutoPay, and Online Support. Each of these services can help to make life simpler.
The concept is to stay out of the trees, meaning the phone trees and paper trees, and to use the AT&T online services. To see a blog post on how it was made, check out digitalfondue.org.
I decided to do this contest because I liked the theme, simplify your life. In trash society world, that means be green, have less stuff and utilize our resources. It was easy to make a video about that! And I’ve always wanted to use my old phones in a stop motion video. No new paper was harmed in the making of this video. As for the junk mail…