Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rubbish Report // Convenience

First off I want to start by admitting something... I haven't taken my garbage out since I started this month long Zero Waste project. That same bag of garbage I photographed during week one is still hanging out under my kitchen sink. Why? Because the bag simply isn't full yet.

What I've noticed is that by removing organics from my household garbage what's left in the garbage bin really doesn't smell at all.

But I'm getting away from this week's topic: Convenience.

If you listened to the BBC podcast I posted the other week it touched on the topic of convenience. Most of the waste and packaging we consume today is largely due to convenience rather than necessity. Its much easier and quicker in our busy lives to buy something pre-made rather make it ourselves. But what this means is that we are one step further from the source of the things we buy each day.

I enjoyed this video from The Coast in (one of) my old hometowns Halifax on shopping at the Farmers' Market vs a Supermarket.

But what other areas of our life does convenience win out? This week I've rounded up some good links for a little waste for thought:

  • The Clean Bin Project:  Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbageTheir light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste. 

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