The amount of waste we produce as a nation is startling. In my last post, I talked about how the “Zero Waste” movement’s most prominent calling card is the incredibly counter-productive and gimmicky “trash jar.” The idea being that there are a handful of rarefied souls in the civilized world who are able to produce so little trash over the course of a year that they can fit it into a jar. Which is annoying, absurd, unrealistic and not going to inspire the meaningful large-scale change we need. At least, not in my humble opinion.
It’s not that I don’t think that it’s amazing for the six humans who are able to live this way, or that it is not a worthy goal. I just think that if you show an ordinary person who genuinely wants to do better the trash jar, they will give up before they even begin…Read More