We all think we know how much garbage we produce, but do we really? I’ve been really paying attention to out garbage lately and I came across the work of photographer Gregg Segal. One of his projects was to photograph households lying in 7 days of their own trash. The results are surprising.
As you can tell from the pictures, you can find out a lot about someone by just looking at their trash. Now the real question is; what do you what your trash to say about you?
Reducing your trash is harder then it seems, I found out last week. It’s very easy to throw something out without even thinking about it. Cleaning, reusing, repairing and recycling stuff takes time and effort, and unless you’ve learned to do this, you will keep creating more and more trash. But you can teach yourself new habits.
What works for me when I’m trying to teach myself a new habit: I make a big part of my life revolve around it. I research it, I place reminders for myself, I really get into it. After a few weeks, the new habit will start to come naturally and I stop obsessing about it.
I’ve come up with a few ideas that might help reduce the trash.
First of all, pay attention to what you buy. Paper towels, lunch-bags, and plastic cups are all things that will end up in the trash. Easy solution : don’t buy them!
Of course the quickest way to reduce your trash is to start recycling. Find out which materials can be recycled in your area and how. It’ll take some getting used to, but I asure you, if you’re not already recycling this will cut your garbage in half.
And an other good idea to keep you from mindlessly tossing things in the trash, is to put a note on top of your trashcan. Whenever you’re about to put something in there, you’ll be reminded to check if this is something you can reuse, repair or recycle.
Be creative, find your own ways to reduce your trash. Or look some stuff up for inspiration.
In the end you’ll save money and help save the environment. I say: Win-win!
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