Waldina.com 300 posts later

This weekend, Waldina.com published it’s 300th post.  I made a photo collage of  some of the photos used in previous blog posts (and some to come, I have about 135 posts saved for future publication).  I am thinking about changing the banner photo to a slice of the photo, it is kind of neat.  If you have any ideas of people, places, things, etc you find inspiring and want to share, please pass them on to me and I will add them to one of the various lists.

Here are some stats as of right now:

10,662: views all-time

314: views on your busiest day, April 16, 2012

Blog Posts and their number of views:

Louis XVI of France – Style Icon 882
John Steinbeck – Style Icon 419
Barbra Streisand – Style Icon 365
Bianca Jagger – Style Icon 235
Carmen Dell’Orefice – Style Icon 219
Anjelica Huston – Style Icon 194
Judy Lewis, Secret Daughter of Hollywood, Dies at 76 192
10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling – Self Help 182
Alexander Calder – Style Icon 181
Ali MacGraw – Style Icon 129
Jean Harlow – Style Icon 117
Judy Blume – Style Icon 112
Doris Day – Style Icon 104

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Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic

Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.

via Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic | Video on TED.com.

Throwing water bottles into the recycling bin doesn’t begin to address the massive quantity of postconsumer plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. Because it’s so difficult to separate the various kinds of plastics – up to 20 kinds per product – that make up our computers, cell phones, cars and home appliances, only a small fraction of plastics from complex waste streams are recycled, while the rest is tossed. In 1992, Mike Biddle, a plastics engineer, set out to find a solution. He set up a lab in his garage in Pittsburg, California, and began experimenting with complex-plastics recycling, borrowing ideas from such industries as mining and grain processing.

Since then, Biddle has developed a patented 30-step plastics recycling system that includes magnetically extracting metals, shredding the plastics, sorting them by polymer type and producing graded pellets to be reused in industry – a process that takes less than a tenth of the energy required to make virgin plastic from crude oil. Today, the company he cofounded, MBA Polymers, has plants in China and Austria, and plans to build more in Europe, where electronics-waste regulation (which doesn’t yet have an equivalent in the US) already ensures a stream of materials to exploit – a process Biddle calls “above-ground mining.”

He says: “I consider myself an environmentalist. I hate to see plastics wasted. I hate to see any natural resource – even human time – wasted.”

“Biddle’s company ventures into lands where few recyclers — who stick to the safer world of steel and aluminum — dare to tread.” myhero.com