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ANU desperate for green cred?

By 11 November 2012 26

picnic tables

We were walking our ill-allsorted collection of mutts down by the lake, at the Lindsey Prior arboretum this morning,  and watching all the fitties doing their rowing. It made for a lovely walk, and a very pleasant morning. We stopped off at the new benches which have been installed there. Very nicely done, and they fit in well with the general ambience of the place.

picnic table

(I do hope however it stops at this, it woudl be a real shame to lose the “semi-wild” parkland aspect down there.)

I had to laugh as each bench as a little plaque on it which reads;

plaque

These benches are made from 100% recycled plastic which also contains  plastic waste collected from the ANU.

Well!! Well done ANU for donating your plastic waste, some of which may be in these benches. It’s nice to know there is such munificent and benevolent waste plastic donation going on at our local University.

Honestly!

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26 Responses to
ANU desperate for green cred?
dungfungus 1:39 pm
11 Nov 12
#1

Well, if the ANU are fair-dinkum about “green-cred” they could also get rid of the feral rabbit colony in the bushes and lawns behind The Tank theatre on the Acton Campus.
The possums are bad enough but at least they are native.
And let’s not hear any of that “the rabbits were brought to Australia against their will so they have a right to be here” crap.

poetix 3:01 pm
11 Nov 12
#2

I don’t think that the up-cycled tables are a bad thing. At least that waste is not in landfill. Or in the lake. And putting a a plaque doesn’t seem too bad an idea either. I can’t really see the problem.

First time I’ve used the word up-cycled, which my daughter just taught me.

Pork Hunt 3:30 pm
11 Nov 12
#3

Is up-cycled a name for re-cycling on slightly higher moral ground?

Henry82 3:44 pm
11 Nov 12
#4

I wonder how much they cost to produce

poetix 5:52 pm
11 Nov 12
#5

Pork Hunt said :

Is up-cycled a name for re-cycling on slightly higher moral ground?

Recycling with a view…

Or at least a view to making something better. Beat your cans into handbags and knit your plastic bags into voodoo dolls.

That last one sounds a bit challenging.

Pork Hunt 8:42 pm
11 Nov 12
#6

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

Is up-cycled a name for re-cycling on slightly higher moral ground?

Recycling with a view…

Or at least a view to making something better. Beat your cans into handbags and knit your plastic bags into voodoo dolls.

That last one sounds a bit challenging.

Sounds like a job for Mr G but I want mine for free. In fact, how about a plastic bag voodoo doll of a potential juror clapped in irons for contempt of court…
Fun for all ages.

Ben_Dover 9:55 am
12 Nov 12
#7

poetix said :

And putting a a plaque doesn’t seem too bad an idea either. I can’t really see the problem.

No problem, just a bit pointless. Hardly bragging rights is it? “We chipped in some waste plastic to these benches.” I wonder what connection the ANU had to these outside of that contribution.

wycx 10:10 am
12 Nov 12
#8

poetix said :

I don’t think that the up-cycled tables are a bad thing. At least that waste is not in landfill.

This is down-cycling, not up-cycling. The benches will end up in landfill when they degrade. The benches are made of plastic with inferior properties compared to the material that went into it.

Kath 10:22 am
12 Nov 12
#9

Pork Hunt said :

Is up-cycled a name for re-cycling on slightly higher moral ground?

I’ve only seen the term used on Etsy.com to describe where people have repurposed old things into other things. (Sadly this often involves a hot glue gun and some sequins.)

tim_c 10:37 am
12 Nov 12
#10

If the ANU really cared about the environment half as much as they pretend to, they’d do something about the roads going through/around the place – virtually the whole way around the place, you are either braking or accelerating again (just after braking) – there seem to be no roads where you just drive along maintaining speed. And all the kerbs are black with tyre marks, indicating that a lot of tyres are being wasted by people driving around there too.

johnboy 10:43 am
12 Nov 12
#11

tim_c said :

If the ANU really cared about the environment half as much as they pretend to, they’d do something about the roads going through/around the place – virtually the whole way around the place, you are either braking or accelerating again (just after braking) – there seem to be no roads where you just drive along maintaining speed. And all the kerbs are black with tyre marks, indicating that a lot of tyres are being wasted by people driving around there too.

I think they’re trying to help the environment by discouraging you from driving in the first place.

It’s lovely on a bicycle.

dungfungus 10:47 am
12 Nov 12
#12

“It’s lovely on a bicycle”

If you don’t get chased by a possum or a feral rabbit.

NoAddedMSG 11:11 am
12 Nov 12
#13

dungfungus said :

“It’s lovely on a bicycle”

If you don’t get chased by a possum or a feral rabbit.

Or a duck. Don’t forget the hoards of angry wood ducks.

dtc 11:26 am
12 Nov 12
#14

dungfungus said :

“It’s lovely on a bicycle”

If you don’t get chased by a possum or a feral rabbit.

Usually you are more concerned about hitting a student too preoccupied in updating their facebook page to notice, well, anything.

poetix 12:07 pm
12 Nov 12
#15

The only thing more pleasant than riding a bicycle is being able to do it in a skirt because it’s spring.

Keijidosha 12:52 pm
12 Nov 12
#16

I notice no proud statement of the benches being produced locally or even in Australia. I wonder how far the waste from ANU needed to be shipped for repurposing? That little detail could potentially make a mockery of what already appears to be a token gesture.

Alderney 1:23 pm
12 Nov 12
#17

I recycle too, where’s my plaque?

…and I want my name plastered all over the toilet paper made from recycled paper; and on the photocopying paper; and on the…

tonkatuff82 2:29 pm
12 Nov 12
#18

You know that whole assumption problem…

These benches were initially used on the ANU campus for many years. They have now been donated for use wherever TAMS see fit, hence the plaque which made perfect sense in their original use. Re-recycled if you like.

Major whinge over nothing, no?
Honestly!

Pork Hunt 2:31 pm
12 Nov 12
#19

poetix said :

The only thing more pleasant than riding a bicycle is being able to do it in a skirt because it’s spring.

So therefore, cycling Scotsmen should be quite contented?

poetix 2:45 pm
12 Nov 12
#20

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

The only thing more pleasant than riding a bicycle is being able to do it in a skirt because it’s spring.

So therefore, cycling Scotsmen should be quite contented?

‘Off-kilter’,’windy bagpipes’, ‘haggis’. I’m too tired to do any puns today, but here are the raw materials…Up-cycle all you like.

dungfungus 3:44 pm
12 Nov 12
#21

tonkatuff82 said :

You know that whole assumption problem…

These benches were initially used on the ANU campus for many years. They have now been donated for use wherever TAMS see fit, hence the plaque which made perfect sense in their original use. Re-recycled if you like.

Major whinge over nothing, no?
Honestly!

Well, when is the ANU going to donate the feral rabbits to TAMS?
The rabbits must be poorly conditioned or the students would have eaten them already. Someone will now tell me that ANU students are so poor they are all vegetarians.

Aaroncbr 3:48 pm
12 Nov 12
#22

Far out you’ll complain about anything wont you?

Ben_Dover 4:19 pm
12 Nov 12
#23

tonkatuff82 said :

Major whinge over nothing, no?
Honestly!

Can anyone spot any “whinge” here?

Now that the provenance has been exlained, that ANU’s need to anounce to its students that their plastic waste, ( or at least some of it,) has not died in vain, and has been used in these benches, which were once at the campus, we are all a little wiser. Thanks for the information.

Now stop with the whine.

dungfungus 6:23 pm
12 Nov 12
#24

Aaroncbr said :

Far out you’ll complain about anything wont you?

Gtreat recipe for Rabbit Terrine here: http://www.atablefortwo.com.au/2012/07/04/rabbit-terrine-recipe/

poetix 6:33 pm
12 Nov 12
#25

And that spot does look very pretty! Still trying to figure out exactly where it is though.

Thanks, BD, for reminding me that I really should go a little further afield. Also, I misread your comment as ‘fatties’ rowing, which confused me!

Ben_Dover 7:46 am
13 Nov 12
#26

poetix said :

And that spot does look very pretty! Still trying to figure out exactly where it is though.

http://wikimapia.org/12260797/Lindsay-Pryor-National-Arboretum

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