Spring 2011 – Post your “STUFF” (production and waste) topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citationon your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

    112 Responses to “STUFF”

    1. megmem04 Says:

      in the Humanist magazine I came across an article that spoke about our love hate realtionship with technology.


      I liked this article because it really brings together so many aspects of our class, and the e-waste disposal we currently face is one of greatest. I also enjoyed this article because we are all a part of techonology, or should i say it is all a part of our daily lives. As I sit now on a computer it is easy to see how technology has changed our way of life. This article examines how our society got to this point and what is in store for the future of technology in relation to the human race. It’s interesting to realize that the mass citizens of our country and most of western civilization truly believe that technology will save the human race, that one day we will inhibit Mars, and possibly even multiple galaxies. This notion fuels our aggressive progress for an even higher percentage of our life to revolve around technology.

      In conclusion, this article exemplifies the way the developed world views what our future generations will look like, and it’s extremely unrealistic when examining the finite nature of our planet.

    2. sarabu12 Says:


      This really excites me, I’m reading Gaviotas, so its great to see yet another example of a dedicated person(s) living sustainably.
      One thing that I’m amazed by is how people like to consider themselves so thrifty (myself included) and yet, we could all just do what Mr. Wells is doing, and save so much money. We could spend more time with our families, and clear our minds, but we don’t do it. Maybe we are afraid, or too connected to our modern technologies to let go?

    3. mtcaldwell Says:

      A few years back a Cal Poly (SLO) graduate hstarted a business growing organic cotton. Not only was it organic but the cotten was selected for natural color. This allowed a limited range of colors (earthtones) without using any dyes. This fabric is ideal for the chemically sensitive. On a small scale organically farming cotton is possible without depleating the soil but you have to care a lot.

      1. beverly1748 Says:

        good thing to know.
        bring back hemp!

    4. beverly1748 Says:

      young man from la selva beach starting a recyling program in jinotepe, nicaragua with the support of the local group, Three Americas, spearheaded by bert & lois muhly who have supported humanitarian projects & various type of aid in nicaragua for decades. due to the important connections they’ve established over the years, this young man was able to stand on their shoulders to get some things done with government support that otherwise likely would not have happened. i’m impressed with how rapidly he’s made progress given how even in progressive santa cruz most businesses, even the natural food stores, do not even have recycling bins.


      click on the link on the right to the s.c. sentinel article for more detail.

    5. mtcaldwell Says:

      I heard a brief radio discussion on fabric the other day. It seems there is a world shortage of cotton. Cotton is my (selfish)
      preference for my clothes. It doesn’t give me a rash, is cool, and light.

      But cotton is a heavy feeder plant and sucks the nutrients out of soil pretty fast.
      Not a good player in the sustainability game.

      The authoritative speaker was talking about
      the (“wild”) idea of using flax. He made it sound like the fiber was a waste byproduct
      from the harvesting of flax seed (for oil and meal). I can remember ~50+ years ago when it was the linen made from flax that was the product and seeds the waste product.
      Linen was considered the quality cloth for
      sheets, table clothes and other “fine” cloth products. It was displaced by plastic fibers as a fabric. The flax was considered too expensive to grow and process for fiber.
      But flax is easy on the land, perhaps its
      day has come again.

      What amazed me was the short period of time that it took the publeic to forget this sustainable fiber. The two radio “reporters”
      conducting the interview had not heard of this origin of linen.

      1. beverly1748 Says:

        what the radio discussion & your post fail to mention is that cotton uses 25% of the world’s pesticides. THAT is shocking! however, organic cotton is available so somehow they’ve managed to figure something out.
        even though i like linen, it is a difficult fabric because it wrinkles so badly that you always look as if you’ve just climbed out of bed even when it’s (yuk) ironed.
        hemp makes a strong, nice fabric (though usually coarse in my experience), but it is extremely expensive, probably because of its limited production & that people looking for alternatives will pay. rockefeller was supposed to have had something to do with it (along with marijuana) being outlawed relative to his cornering the market on paper.

    6. mtcaldwell Says:

      This is a tool to get safe water.
      Developed for 3rd world but good for disaster anywhere.


    7. boililikoi Says:


      We were talking about the impact of the clothing industry at one of our initial class meetings. This article is a pretty good summary of its impact, history, and the general life-cycle of clothes.

      It’s all a bit depressing (who it seems like every aspect of culture can be depressing these days). If you already feel pretty familiar with that, you might just want to skip to the last section where recycled clothing (Patagonia Co. really IS pretty cool, btw), and alternative fabrics to cotton and petroleum based materials.

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