- 14 March 2010
software manuals to useful organic matter.
By shredding proprietary
computer manuals and mixing the paper with coffee grounds we take the
two staple components in a geeks day and turn them into a useful growing
The Shredder was commissed by the Feral Trade Cafe to provide cafe ingredients.
Installed and served in the cafe, the Shredder utilised the growing field
of DIY mycology to fruit oyster mushrooms on a compost of shredded computer
manuals and coffee grounds.
Images above: Shredding
station: software manuals drop-off repository and shred-bin.
Right, early stages of Shitake mushroom growing in a coche.
Images above: Shitake,
lions main and oyster mushrooms growing and harvested.
Dominic Smith from Polytechnic gave a talk in The Feral
Trade Cafe's Cocktail hour on the Shredder with mycology consultant
as part of the geekosystem
project, TheShredder is revisited by Polytechnic as an example of open
modification working with open source concepts whilst at the same time
drawing attention to the environmental impact and energy consumption of
constant technological upgrades.
Shredder wiki- http://www.shredshed.info/
Consultation by John Robinson at Applied Micro Science-http://www.micro-science.co.uk/
Feral Trade- http://feraltrade.org
Thanks to Kate Rich,
John Robinson, Julian Priest, David Merritt &