"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Spring cleaning depresses me. It makes me realize how little social liquidity our possessions have. For example, we are throwing away two old large televisions because one has severe color problems and the other won't turn on and it is too expensive to repair them. But they have perfectly good speakers, screens, capa...citors and other electronic parts that could be put to use elsewhere.