I first saw a plastic bag in 1992 when I was in secondary school. A classmate had “nicked” one from her mother’s store in the local market to show it to me. Up until that point, I only knew of sedge bags and plastic baskets my mom carried every morning to the market for grocery shopping. As I marvelled at the white bag, which had a smooth and cool feeling, I thought to myself “how light and beautiful.” Back then, people treated plastic bags with care, some families even washed and dried them for multiple uses. Over 20 years have passed since then. I no longer live in Vietnam but I return every year only to witness the staggering changes to my hometown. I see luxury cars parked around fancy buildings. But what pains my heart is how the streets are littered with garbage everywhere I go. Plastic bags are now present in every household. People use them once, then throw them away. They come in all shapes, sizes and shades; they flutter in the wind from streets, … [Read more...] about With no bins in sight, trash will remain on Vietnamese streets
Subscribers express doubts that the requirement of submitting subscribers’ photos to limit “trash” SIM cards will help prevent spam messages. All subscribers have to re-register their information at mobile network operators' outlets T.Duy (from Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi), user of MobiFone wonders whether the submitting subscribers’ photos to limit “trash” SIMs will help prevent “trash” messages from bombarding subscribers. “Mobile network operators have the right to terminate service if we do not submit the required information. However, I think operators should also be responsible for ensuring no spam is sent to subscribers,” added Duy. This opinion is commonly shared among the more than 34 million subscribers forced to submit their personal information. Many people complained that such a requirement should have been made at the time of signing up for the service, instead of “coming up with new regulations every … [Read more...] about Will photos prevent ‘trash’ SIMs and spam?
Hanoi (VNA) - Over the past two months, inhabitants of streets like Hang Bai, Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thai To and Hang Khay in Hanoi have grown used to seeing garbage collectors riding a bicycle with two dustbins on each side. Nguyen Huu Tien, General Director of Hanoi Urban Environment One Member Co Ltd (URENCO), said the company started using bicycles in some central districts in June to encourage residents and tourists to comply with environmental regulations in the capital city. The advantage of the bicycles was that collectors can work in small and narrow lanes in the city, he said. If the trial proved successful, the plan will be rolled across the whole city, he said. Do Kim Ha, a worker from URENCO, said although the bikes have only been used for a few months, their effectiveness has been proven. âIt helps save time for collectors and makes work less hard compared with pushing overloaded trash trolleys along the roads,â she said. Nguyen Huu Chien, Deputy Director of the Hanoi … [Read more...] about Hanoi trash collectors using bikes
Kai Hugel displays sculptures made of trash My Tran By My Tran in HCMC German artist Kai Hugel is displaying his installations and sculptures made of trash at the Center of Contemporary Fine Arts in Hanoi until November 30. Hugel turns things into art which might otherwise be thrown away as his sculptures are preferentially formed of what is trash, broken or discarded. Shattered skateboards and splits of wood become the life-sized demonstration of a hyena and the image of a witch on a concrete wall turns out to be made of old napkins. Besides turning “poor materials” into humans, animals or musical instruments – with matching sounds – Hugel’s other passion is the skateboard. It leaves its mark in his work or becomes the centerpiece itself as in the sculpture “Silverride”. The creative position in the room, a moment of freedom in zero-gravity is what Hugel is longing for – in skating and in art. Born in 1977, Hugel studied at the … [Read more...] about Kai Hugel displays sculptures made of trash
Fifteen Nepali artists were closeted for a month with a heap of 1.5 metric tons (1.7 tons) of trash picked up from Mount Everest. When they emerged, they had transformed the litter into art. Rubbish collected at Everest base camp with the Himalayan range seen at the background in Nepal, May 03, 2011. Picture taken May 03, 2011.Photo: Reuters The 75 sculptures, including one of a yak and another of wind chimes, were made from empty oxygen bottles, gas canisters, food cans, torn tents, ropes, crampons, boots, plates, twisted aluminum ladders and torn plastic bags dumped by climbers over decades on the slopes of the world's highest mountain. Kripa Rana Shahi, director of art group Da Mind Tree, said the sculpting - and a resulting recent exhibition in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu - was aimed at spreading awareness about keeping Mount Everest clean. "Everest is our crown jewel in the world," Shahi said. "We should not take it for granted. The amount of trash there is damaging our … [Read more...] about From trash to treasure: Everest litter becomes art