Friday, July 17, 2009

Plastic Pollution

When people buy sachet water, they usually throw the plastic on the ground (which they call "rubber.") It usually ends up in the sewers, blocking the drains and causing floods in the rainy season. I was surprised today when one of my interviewees who was only 15 years old explained to me how she would wait until her customer was done drinking the water and collect the plastic bag to put in a bin later. I thanked her for doing that.

PS Back at home, MIT Sensable City lab is getting tons of press for Trash Track, the project that puts tracking devices on trash to see where it ends up and how much gets recycled. Read about it here in Wired:

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