Saturday, February 28, 2009
Imagine not throwing away one article of garbage for an entire year. Yes, that is 365 Days of Trash-- the exact title of Sustainable Dave's (or Dave Chameides's) blog, where he chronicles a life where every ounce of refuse, whether created on the road or at home, is kept in his basement to keep it from ending up in a landfill.
Confining all one's self-inflicted garbage in a small space sounds crazy, right? Well, don't write off Dave, just yet. He's an Emmy-award winning cameraman who just cares about the environment. Nothing wrong with that.
And I am sure the experiment was effective, in that, was your garbage to literally surround you on a daily basis, you would likely be more cautious of what was bought.
So, by the end of his year-long project, he tallied the numbers and it came to:
9 Pizza Boxes
11 Tetra Paks
153 Glass Bottles
2 Aluminum Cans
64 Plastic Bottles and Jugs
8 Plastic Yogurt Tubs w/Tops
8 Old Paint Cans
Though one doesn't have to hold onto every article of self-created debris (I can't imagine how that would turn out in my 700 square foot NYC apartment), one can be more conscious of what is bought and consumed. And, should you desire to turn your basement or living room, for that matter, into a personal landfill, just check out Sustainable Dave's blog, where he additionally offers tips similar to some given here at The Fashion Fast through posts such as: "Think Before You Buy," "Junk Your Junk Mail," "Stop Drinking Bottled Water," and "Coffee Cups Aren't Disposable!"
Photo courtesy of Leon Chameides.