Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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I never imagined it would be edible.

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pretty litter

ok if we have to have litter, make it pretty litter
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now, we may not all be black belts in origami (in fact, some of you and we know who you are, may not even know what it is) but with a little practice and a little help, who knows what minor miracles we might perform.

all packaging should come, with easy to read, instructions for creative ways of folding, twisting, tucking, intertwining and pleating all our disposable scrap so that with a flick of the wrist & several swift movements of the fingers – viola, something beautiful, interesting and easy on the eye.

the lines and arrows and concise instructions could come in, perhaps, 3 different colours for different levels of difficulty. red for most proficient, yellow for average ability and green for easy-peasy. just follow the guidelines and away you go.

that sheet of paper that contained your chips may transform into a graceful swan.
that annoying parking ticket could quite easily be
a thoughtful blue heron, peacefully contemplating the sky,
your cigarette pack becomes a rearing black stallion
and that sweet bag is transformed into a leaping bottle-nosed dolphin
- joy personified

a whole new field of job opportunities open up in design and printing as these products are exported world-wide.

In fact we might all get to like this activity so much and be proud of our achievements we might, just might, take them home with us.

po, Apr 03 2003

Chewinggum Hearts http://www.duncancu...otos.cfm?photo=1263
[my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

pretty litter? http://www.tidycats.com/product10.asp
It's like your cat can pee into diamonds. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

the first one to laugh at my feeble attempts beware. http://www.geocitie....html?1049824371500
[po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Origami Boulder http://origamiboulder.com/
[Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Technically not litter, http://www.allabout...es/235airplane.html
but well worth the loss of deposit. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       I can remember when turning soda cans into hats was all the rage. A few years later we recycled soda cans for other things. On the other hand, how many soda-can hats do you need?   

       Maybe this should be taught in school.   

       Oh, and you'd turn a bottle into a bottle-nosed dolphin, perhaps in conjunction with a sweet bag.
phoenix, Apr 03 2003

       And make chewing gum sculptures.
FarmerJohn, Apr 03 2003

       Not baked, but relevant:
There is a brand of A4 writing pad that contains origami instructions in the inside cover. Unfortunately, I can't remeber what it is.
All over Glasgow, round about Valentine's Day there appeared on the pavements hearts made out of carefully arranged wads of chewing gum. >link<
my face your, Apr 03 2003

       Pretty kitty litter?
DrCurry, Apr 03 2003

       now there's a thought - paper litter is on the market. I use newspaper, the cats like a good read.
po, Apr 03 2003

       Have a bakery napkin folded into a croissant. +
Don Quixote, Apr 04 2003

       What did Peter Engel contemplate after completing his book, Folding the Universe, from Angel fish to Zen?   

       "What is the sound of one hand folding?" (+)
Shz, Apr 04 2003

       are you o.k. dag. sorry!
po, Apr 08 2003

       You can turn it into a viola?
phundug, Apr 08 2003

       Nice pic, po...ttedstu.
FarmerJohn, Apr 08 2003

       Po has that Jean Michel Basquiat touch
thumbwax, Apr 08 2003

       my artistic style has been greatly influenced by bristolz, pottedstu, farmerjohn, Salvador Dali and a certain 4 year old in our present reception class.
po, Apr 08 2003

       The pic is adorable, po.
phundug, Apr 08 2003

       this idea misses the point of litter...ppl litter because they are such lazy asses they don't go to a garbage can and throw things away! someone too lazy to get to a trash bin isn't likely to fold any origami since that requires thought...lazy asses. (in case you couldn't tell, i'm an environmentalist) i do like the idea, i just don't think it would ever work for extended periods of time. + for the thought though
igirl, Apr 08 2003

       Paper litter could be folded into airplanes to better hit the can/bin...or not.
FarmerJohn, Apr 09 2003

       Good for you, igirl - do you scold parents for allowing (teaching, really) their kids to just drop whatever, wherever? I do.
thumbwax, Apr 09 2003

       i scold my parents for letting my little brother, and i scold my friends when they let their young siblings do it...i don't *usually* scold strangers.
igirl, Apr 09 2003

       Wow po, that is one neat piece of folding. Very life-like swan...er...heron...er...badger?
egbert, Apr 09 2003

       [myfaceyour] I livein the West End of Glasgow and off the top of my head I can think of the location of at least 9 or 10 of these chewing gum hearts.
The only explanations I've heard as to what their purpose is generally involve neds and vandalism, but many people I know hold them in high regard.
Personally, I think they're better than cold grey paving slabs or tarmac. If you find out what they're all about give me a shout as they've been bugging me for ages.
ChewTheBeef, Apr 09 2003

       Giving new life to old paper... very good. +
k_sra, Oct 21 2003

       Would anyone bother to fold them, though? Those who litter probably wouldn't care about beautifully folded swans, and those who do would put their trash in the right place. Also, even if everyone did follow the instructions, a littered picnic area would look much the same from a distance. Still, I would rather carry around a nice bit of origami than a candy wrapper I can't get rid of.
Ana Byrd, Oct 21 2003

       Hmm, at first I was with [Dr Curry] thinking the thread would be about sculptable kitty litter, then I wondered whether pretty kitty litter might be some horrid way to fold kitties into origami shapes before throwing them out.   

       that doesn't sound as nice
seedy em, Oct 21 2003


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