Today I was reading
Crade to Cradle by architect William Mcdonough and I had an idea.
In the cradle to cradle model, a product is specifically designed so that it can be completely recycled at the end of its life cycle.
This closed loop system gave me an idea: Why not create a packaging company that sells containers designed to be shipped back to the company? The packages could be shaped to be shipping friendly and could have postage and shipping information printed right on the package.
In this scenario, Package Co. sell a container *service* to its customers – not the actual container. A consumer buys the packaged product in a store and uses the product. Then the consumer give the package to the mail carrier. The Package Co. is then able to recycle the package material into other packages.
With the help of my fellow bloggers I would like to think through the pluses and minuses of this type of system.
I like that it closes the loop on recycling. Think about the tons of packaging going into landfills that would now go back to its manufacturer!
I also like the idea of using the postal system to close the loop.
The postal system ships packages all day long. If some of those packages are empty bottles – so what. There is no concept of trash in this system.
I look forward to any comments people have about this idea. Thanks!
Today, I experiemented with technorati.
Technorati lets you track conversations taking place in the blogosphere about content served up at a URL.
The links listed below are part of my experiment:
Two good friends of mine, Steve Damron and Brad Rubenstein, are bloggers.
Their blogs are Blogalicious and Odd Quanta respectively.
My favoritate candle store is Candle Delirium (disclaimer – I am part owner of this store. 😉
Sites I work On
Need a personal trainer? Go to iAmplify
Want Powerwalking from Mari Winsor? Go to Winsor Pilates
Looking for Marianne Williamson’s community? Go to Marianne Williamson’s Miracle Matrix
Working in New York for iAmplify.
Just made an offer on a condo today.
Offered to help a friend with blogs.
Figured I would try out what I was telling her.
Learning how to upload pictures.
Blogger’s recommened way to do it seems extremely clugely.
Why does Blogger make me download a program that downloads a program that requires a new account in a different name space than blogger? There are easier ways to do this.
Does anyone in the Blogosphere have comments or suggestions regarding photo uploads?
I had an idea for a website about Cyborgs. So much of our art has negative images of how technology is used in our body. The most modern incarnation of this cyborg monster is StarTrek’s Borg; a little farther back you find Michael Crichton’s The Terminal Man; much farther back is Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. This annoys me. Hi-Tech devices that modify how our bodies’ functions improve millions of peoples lives every day. This includes devices like pacemakers that prevent heart failure, insulin pumps which help with diabetes, and brain implants that decrease tremors associated with Parkison’s Disease. All of these devices are nothing less than miraculous.
I would like to create a site to celebrate cyborgs. The site would allow people who are cyborgs to tell their story. Authors would post an image of themselves and a short blog describing what makes them a cyborg and how it allows them to live a healthy happy life. Perhaps the site would be called something as simple as “I am a Cyborg”. I envision people from all walks of life, all nations, all ages adding their pictures to the site. I think it would be a very cool art project and would go a long way to fighting the nasty vision of monstrous cyborgs that seems to ignore the human side of what implantable medical devices allow – happy fulfilled lives.