LANDFILL: You'll be surprised by what you find there

LANDFILL: You'll be surprised by what you find there Have you ever had that feeling that your best work is going to end up in landfill?  Well, now you're going to wish it had.  LANDFILL is a collaborative effort published annually by designer Brian Ponto and eco-printer Greg Barber and is perfect design.

At its most elemental, this small square book [6.25"] explores a single subject with a diverse community.  But twice considered, it's an example of how the green movement touches almost every aspect of our culture, through it's own mitochondrial ecological network. "Sustainable" is everywhere, and LANDFILL - a stunning sample of an environmentally safe, regenerative, non-toxic publication - is a civic dissertation in participatory ecology.  Like its eponym, LANDFILL is packed with a noisy, generous, abundant community that's making, sharing, and breaking it down while promoting and instructing on local, sustainable trade.

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Issue one takes Second Chances as its theme, and shares stories by 13 contributors. Each narration is written on a seed-embedded paper, then buried in dirt, photographed for publication, and left to decompose and one day rise up as a mini guerilla garden. This tradition of making offerings to the earth is ancient. Most, if not all, native cultures perform ceremonies in recognition of the binding relationship between soil and civilization.  Maybe one of these buried stories will become a tree, a part of the neighborhood, bare fruit, or maybe...pulped into a piece of paper again?

We know that trees into paper isn't the best use of trees.  As William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle said at TED: "To use something as elegant as a tree? Imagine this design assignment. Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates micro-climates, changes colors with the seasons and self-replicates. Well, why don't we knock that down and write on it?"

An example of this thinking brings us back Greg Barber. Greg has been eco-printing for over 20 years, and offers his clients better than 30% or even 100% post-consumer waste (pcw) paper. He also provides tree-free papers, such as rock paper, sugar cane paper, bamboo, hemp, lemon, mango, coffee, even banana paper. The papers he sources from Neenah Paper are made with energy from wind and biogas. And interestingly Barber has said his business hasn't been as effected by the slow economy because once a client chooses non-toxic production, they seldom return to it.

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LANDFILL 02 is the Edible Issue, and, is actually edible. Made with non-toxic toner, which is cleaner than soy-based inks, and digital printing.  It's a 38 page who, what, where, how and then-what journey thorough the NYC food community. The issue follows food from the soil & photosynthesis to local rooftop farmers, to chefs and foragers, into the kitchen & onto your plate, and it's beautiful. They've also assembles a comprehensive composting resource guide in the back.

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What can we expect from LANDFILL 03?  Not certain yet what Greg Barber, Neenah paper and Brian Ponto are working on...but we'll keep you posted.

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