Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic design studio, have used mud from a lake in Inner Mongolia to craft a set of three ceramic vessels. Each is proportioned as a traditional Ming vase and is made from the amount of toxic waste created in the production of three items of technology – a smartphone, a featherweight laptop and the cell of a smart car battery.

This isn't a new project, but it's still very relevant, and shocking to see today.

@rek wow, so moved by those images... thanks for sharing!

while browsing i reached this: "Photographer Toby Smith gained access in 2010 by waiting until a Chinese national holiday and hiding in the back of a pick-up truck, working below the radar of the authorities. Using GPS coordinates calculated from satellite photos he ran the final 10km across the desert to the mine-edge with a discrete point-and-shoot camera" :o

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