Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish
[Spain has the world's largest ecological fish farm (that is so rich it is without feed inputs)--based on flooded canals and wetlands that remediates the polluted rivers that feed it and provides fish and ecological services for many other species as well.] Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.
Ideally, like in the film above, this entire category would disappear when commodity ecology was working properly in smooth pass-offs from one area to another--without wastes or iteratively mounting ecological damages in the locations where humans live, grow things, mine, or whatever.
Oil Remediation via Straw, Without Chemicals (6:28)
"Man who specializes in erosion control has a cleaner, greener solution to removing oil spills. They use Coastal Bermuda Grass and Wheat Straw, and "would be a massive ready to use supply in a few weeks (throughout the Southeast)." Hay will keep floating, gather oil on its surface very efficiently, and then can be gathered at high tide on beaches (keeping oil from getting into beach sand), or gathered in the water. Wave action encourages this technique instead of how waves destroy chemical technique choices of techiques. "If it washes up on shore, its just like seaweed, so take typical beach cleaning equipment, pick it up, and put it in lined dumpsters, and take it off and burn it for energy...The [main] point is getting it out of the water (and getting it before it gets in beach sand)."
Cheap Cotton/Nylon Fiber Oil Absorbing Cloth for Beaches (limited supply)
"Man who specializes in erosion control has a cleaner, greener solution to removing oil spills for last-ditch attempt to save beaches with this cotton cloth typically used for erosion control."
The below video however is a brilliant cross-over example mixing several consumptive use categories at once: waste remediation, energy generation, and water purification all in one! The application is mentioned near the close of the video though the whole video is interesting.
Given that human waste streams like fecal coliform pollution will always exist, some form of remediation will likely always be there. This one is modular, localizable to a watershed, and thus an ingenious application of sustainable technology. It makes use of an energy technology's by-product effects (clean water and energy) to conduct waste water treatment. Talk about solving many issues at once!
Oxy Hydrogen Process (Water Fuel Cell)
Additionally see the category 'garbage/garbage disposal'.
Another major idea that has localization capacities is mycelium. Mycelium is an excellent base for starting the commodity ecology, because literally it was the basis for all land base life: the first land dwellers that prepared everything chemically for soil formation that other creatures utilized later. See this short stunning video, below. The only difficulty with this idea of use of packing materials is how to shore up particular localized biodiversity. If you watch the film, come back and think about that: the potential is for creating a loss of biodiversity and locality via saving it. However, the general principle is ingenious: use cardboard as a multi-use packing material. You can use it for packing materials and you can use it for the material that it is already 'seeded' (literally) and ready for turning itself green. Packing materials as innately sold and bound with a 'mycelium and seeds' mixture, so when it is thrown away, it will consume itself and create a green area when turned to 'trash'.
Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world (17 minutes)
"Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets' research is the Northwest's native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas. There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet."
Re-basing commodity ecology, the ecologizing of human commodification, on mycelium seems the sounded basis to start. Moreover, it is probably to be expected because mycelium was the first arriving "'life organ' of ecology" that these species would be an integral start for life--and for other commodity ecology paths. It has THE MOST cross-connects or overlaps SO FAR with leads into other categories. It connects very well with:
5. Garbage/Garbage disposal
11. Mycelium based food
72. Packing Materials (for seeding forests, mycelium and seeds embedded)
THAT means mycelium's many local multiple consumptive positional uses makes it a good place to start upon the commodity ecology for branching in multiple directions from this locus. He says 6 ideas. I count seven. Really, all the difficulties with sustainability are already solved. It merely means putting all the pieces together combined with challenging the corrupt developmentalism with the bioregional state institutional arrangements, challenging the arrangements that keep sustainability, sustainable politics, and territorial states from happening.
Note: in practice, remediation of the environment is different materially than remediation of the human body. Information on that location of remediation is under drugs/medicines.
Another short material choice change using mycelium:
Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?
"Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment. Eben Bayer is co-inventor of MycoBond, an organic (really -- it's based on mycelium, a living, growing organism) adhesive that turns agriwaste into a foam-like material for packaging and insulation."