A Year's Worth / by J. Makary

Turns out I'm terrible at blogging. But I did keep up with my trash project. 

 A year's worth of trash (5 voluminous pounds).

A year's worth of trash (5 voluminous pounds).

May brought a very busy production schedule and a broken refrigerator, which increased my reliance on pre-packaged foods and craft-services snacks and a general slackness in my attitude. So my final month of trash shows the slippery slope I slid down from June 2016 (when I had, what, a CD and some tea bags?) to May 2017. I discovered that is very hard in our culture to resist all the tasty things that come in non-recyclable packaging, and equally hard not to seem like an environment scold when people ask why I'm shoving used restaurant straws in my purse. Anyway, I plan to keep up with my trash collecting and am heartened by how easy it was to make some basic changes to my consumer habits, like using cloth napkins, cooking more often, and buying products in recyclable packaging (a detailed list is in my first project post, below). Having this trash around is a good reminder of the space my preferences and desires take up on the planet.

 May 2017: Lots of coffees, Amy's Kitchen frozen dinners, and stuff ordered from Amazon in bubble mailers.

May 2017: Lots of coffees, Amy's Kitchen frozen dinners, and stuff ordered from Amazon in bubble mailers.