SEEED – Deine Zeit

There I stand staring at the flames. Pillow stuffing smoldering, Styro foam wrinkling up, cable rails melting. The green and blue flames rise above the barrel rim sending thick, dirty smoke further up in the air. You can almost taste the soot. A slight breeze in my back. Otherwise it would be unbearable to stand here. I started the fire and now the garbage from the storage is burning. It will take all afternoon to throw all the stuff in the flames. It will then burn and smolder for another day and take two more days for the barrel to cool down before the ashes get dumped in to a trench 20 meters further. Not exactly renewable or sustainable or environmental friendly and not healthy at all.

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Here I can see the full implications of failed product lifecycle management[1]. Manufactures feel no responsibility for disposal of their products. It is a worldwide problem but in the “developed world” we don’t see it because of an elaborate garbage disposal system. Well “elaborate”. More often then not the garbage is still burned but far away from our awareness. Here every piece of non biodegradable garbage that enters the community has no way out … except by fire. Every two days the smell of cancer lingers in the air and makes me wonder how the acceptance of plastic packaging would change in Europe if we had to burn every piece of it in our own garden/yard/balcony. I oppose garbage burning by every means yet I am considering designing a crude incinerator so the plastic at least burns at higher temperature reducing the toxicity of the fumes. I betrayed my ideals. As my lector used to say: Ideals are for those who can afford them.

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Meanwhile the designs for a steam cooking system using the Scheffler dish advanced to a pasteurizing system and back to a steam cooking system. The changing preferences and Diwali[2] leave me with time for my “hobby”. A hobby with two side effects:

1. Exposure: A lot of people from the village are curious about my experiments trying to melt plastic with the solar cooker

2. Frustration: None of my exeriments have brought any useful result so far.

I had high hopes for mixing plastic (PET) with sand in the solar cooker in order to create a versatile, processable paste. But no paste. Only sand sticking to PET pieces. The process seems to be far more intricate then I thought. I wish I could develop a simple process to recycle the plastic garbage and reduce the toxic fumes… Any ideas are welcome.

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A day trip to the camel fair in Pushkar leaves us somewhat disappointed on the camel part. But it still ends up to be a great day. Mainly due to the fact that after weeks of rice, dal and vegetables 3 times a day we endulge ourselves in ecstatic spheres of tastes. Fruit salad, a credible pizza … with cheese … lots of it, mint squishee, pakora, katjori, falafel, pasta with pesto, tomato soup, apples, papaya…. Never have I enjoyed the variety of food so much.

Enjoy your meals today!!!

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 Creative Commons, Photo credit Lawrence Miglialo

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1  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_lifecycle_management

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

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