Human Junk, More Valuable Than Diamonds.

My Own Street:

Walking down my own street 2 days ago I saw a pile of junk rotting in a vacant lot. It is not the first junk pile I have seen and it won’t be the last. In America, the average person discards over 7 pounds of trash per day, which is over 100 tons in a lifetime. Where does it all go? The most popular answer might be that it all goes to landfills, but the truth is it goes into our own minds, bodies, and souls.

My American Dream:

My college thesis was titled “Status as a Measure of Self Esteem, the Fallacy of the American Dream”. In summary, as we strive to achieve prosperity and wealth, we also consume more and more natural resources, while creating more and more trash and pollution. What will happen when we have no more landfills to bury our human junk? Will we package it up and send it into space? Will we burn it and create more toxic waste? Will we turn a blind eye?

More Valuable Than Diamonds:

I believe Human Junk is more valuable than Diamonds. Diamonds are something you buy, they are shiny objects, and they give you a sense of status. Is status really that important? Do material objects make us feel better? At the end of the day can a diamond make you feel loved? Personally, I find love in my family, friends, and loved ones, no matter what they are wearing or how much jewelry they have on. I think you feel the same!

What’s Next?

I have spent my entire life working in the system, working for others to create products that apparently make us feel better. But the reality is, I’m tired of trying to convince people to buy products, I’m tired of being bombarded by advertisements about the next revolutionary product or service, and I’m definitely tired of trying to make it in America under the fallacy of the American Dream. What’s next? The Human Junk App, one way we can make a difference.

Human Junk Trash Pile

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What Wood You Do?

What Would You Do with Holy Wood?

I found an old wooden box up the street from my house. The box had holes drilled into the top, and I pondered what the box had been used for, or if it had some sort of ancient history. Once I started sanding the box, I quickly realized how beautiful this holy wood was.

What Did I Do with the Holy Wood?

I love sanding, so I sanded and shaped this beautiful holy wood into 3 interlocking paddles, and I think they are beautiful.

Human Junk Wood Paddles

What’s Next?

Watch for our new Human Junk app to learn more and to Join the Movement! We create OAKs from human junk!

Cutting Down the Bamboo Patch.

We Love Bamboo.

Bamboo has long been considered the most primitive of grasses, the fastest-growing plant in the world. Bamboo has notable economic and cultural significance, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel.

My First Bamboo Poles.

My daughter and I are currently restoring our 1976 Volkswagen Bus (Lola), and bamboo is a big part of her beauty. Lola has smooth bamboo fins that run along her outside, a recycled bamboo dashboard, a complete bamboo kitchen, a lined bamboo closet, a custom bamboo gear shift, bamboo handrails, and cultured bamboo details throughout. Lola is our one of kind labor of love!

When I first started working with Bamboo I thought you had to buy it in a craft store, or order it online, as it didn’t grow where I lived in Nevada. I ended up ordering some 1 inch by 6 foot and 5 inch x 8 foot bamboo poles, they were  a little expensive. However, I was pleasantly surprised as I worked with each raw piece, sanding and shaping them into custom pieces for Lola. More to come on Lola in later blog posts!

Cutting Down The Bamboo Patch.

When I was visiting friends in Nashville, I noticed a huge patch of bamboo in their backyard. Amazed by its beauty, I was a bit sad when my friends wanted to cut it all down, as I guess it grows like weeds in Tennessee. Of course I volunteered for the job, I had plans to save the bamboo, or at least keep it from going to the dump. What can I make from bamboo poles?

Now I understand bamboo may not be trash, but in this case reinventing the bamboo might be better then sending it to the green waste dump or paying for it to be deposited at the public landfill. Stay tuned!! I am hoping to create some wonderful Collectible OAKs from this bamboo. Check out our Human Junk app to learn more and to join the movement!

Lola VW Bus Bamboo Restoration

I Fantasize About My Neighbor’s Trash.

I Think About Human Junk Everyday.

I commonly stare at my neighbor’s trash bin and dream about the masterpieces I could create from all that discarded junk. Do I knock on their door first, or should I just walk over and pick through what they left on the curb. Will I get arrested, will people think I lost my mind, or will I earn the nobel peace prize?

Whether I get busted or not, I am doing it. The first thing I have my eye on is this discarded wooden baby crib, it would be a shame to see this precious wood buried in a landfill or burned in an incinerator. What can I create from it? My vision is a Collectible OAK, something that will last forever. Check out our Human Junk app to learn more and to join the movement!

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10 Nightmare Facts About Your Trash:

  1. Household Trash: The average American throws away more than 7 pounds of garbage a day. That’s 102 tons in a lifetime, more than any other populations on Earth.
  2. Plastic Water Bottles: Americans toss 60 million plastic water bottles daily, which is nearly 700 each minute.
  3. Food Waste: Americans throw away 28 billion pounds of food a year, which is about 25 percent of the US food supply.
  4. Disposables: Ten percent of the world’s oil supply is used to make and ship disposable plastics – items like plastic utensils, plates, and cups that are used just one time and thrown away.
  5. Local Trash: Most communities spend more to deal with trash than they spend for schoolbooks, fire protection, libraries, and parks.
  6. Carpet Waste: Americans throw away 5.7 million tons of carpet every year.
  7. Paper Waste: Americans waste 4.5 million tons of office paper a year. Ask yourself… do I really need to print that?
  8. Junk Mail: Energy used to create and distribute junk mail in the US for one day could heat 250,000 homes. You can opt-out of junk mail by going to CatalogChoice.org.
  9. Pass Down Toys: Only 4 percent of the world’s children live in the US, but Americans buy (and throw away) 40 percent of the world’s toys. Buy less toys, opt for second-hand versions, and pass down the toys you do purchase to others.
  10. Plastic Bags: On average, Americans use 500 plastic bags per capita each year. Such bags make up the second most common type of garbage found on beaches. Stash reusable shopping bags in your purse or car so you’re not tempted by plastic or paper.

What’s Next?

The average person throws away more than 7 pounds of garbage a day. That’s 102 tons in a lifetime. Are you cool with that? We are not. We create Collectible OAKs from human junk. What is an OAK? Check out our Human Junk app to learn more and to join the movement!