Happy Earth Day!
What better way to celebrate Earth Day then to talk about American Trash! I don't know what compelled me, but a few months ago I started taking pictures of full trash cans that I would see. I wasn't crazy obsessed about it or anything, but my friends (& strangers) have definitely looked at me like I'm a touch cray cray.
I started to wonder how much trash we produced in the United States. I asked my smart friend Google & she said "Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of "trash"--about 4.6 pounds per person per day. Less than one-quarter of it is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills."
Sometimes I'm too lazy to recycle & I'm not exactly sure what is recyclable to be honest. I was in elementary school when they taught me those specifics.
Luckily, I watched Captain Planet so I remember "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse & close the loop"
I asked Google what I can recycle & she said:
So now I kind of get it.
Good thing there are people like this woman I saw in the East Village! There are men & women all over the city collecting recyclable items to earn some cash. I think they should get a ton of money. With my luck, I would catch scarlet fever reaching into some of those trash cans.
I was really inspired by Lewis Howes episode of "The School of Greatness" with Lauren Singer "The Zero-Waste Guide to a Simple Life"
I don't know that I'll get down to zero-waste anytime soon, I can hardly lose my last 10 vanity pounds. But I'm definitely going to try. Hope you will too. :)
Happy Earth day to everyone, but especially to whoever made this!