J500 Media and the Environment


Make Less Trash, Not More War by shemme

Definitely not as cool as “Make Love, Not War,” but hey, sometimes you just gotta try stuff out.

FACT: Americans collected and recycled rubber, paper, scrap metal, fats, and tin cans during the 1940s to help the war effort. These efforts actually resulted in 25% of the entire waste stream being recycled and reused!
(Source: EPA “Milestones in Garbage” report)

warposter1.jpgWWII: “Help put the lid on Hitler by saving your old metal and paper.”

FAST FORWARD: It’s 2004, America is again at war, this time in Iraq. Soldiers overseas defy orders and report to journalists that they don’t have the necessary armor on their bodies or their vehicles, and there aren’t enough field radios, night vision goggles, or ammunition to go around. Back home only 36% (about 7 million tons) of metals are being recycled. Metals during this time make up 8% of the total waste stream. This means that despite soldier needs, 19.4 million tons of metal are being buried in landfills. Could there have been a national war effort to recycle all of this metal to keep our soldiers adequately supplied? I think so.
(Source: EPA “Facts & Figures” data)

Did we let our troops fight without wartime necessities because nobody really asked us to DO anything? Sure, there are the signs, bumper stickers, etc. that yell “Support our Troops!” but what does that really mean? If someone had told you it meant recycling, would you have done it?

Maybe it’s time to make recycling a patriotic act…again. Recycle for your country, recycle for the troops! It’s your duty as an American, after all.

NOW: It’s 2008, we’ve still got troops in Iraq. We’ve still got families purchasing body armor for their sons and daughters with money out of their own pockets. The unmet needs of our troops overseas are still there.

Won’t you take a look at your garbage? Won’t you help us reduce, reuse and recycle?

I did take a look at my garbage. I produce less than a pound of waste each day. The average American produces about 7.5 pounds a week. However, you’ll never find a can, #1 or #2 plastic container, glass, any bit of cardboard, chipboard, or paper in my trash.

There’s a war on, don’t you know, and I’m doing my bit. Are you?

~ Sarah H

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Above: Our recycling in the garage…

Below: Take a hint from the 1940s: carpool or ride a bike.

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garbage(n): aka litter, debris, junk, filth, waste, rubbish by Sarah
February 26, 2008, 8:47 pm
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Soooo one of my roommates accidentally threw out the trash before I could snap a picture of our ridiculously full kitchen trash can for this post…but now that I think about it, that probably saved me from a great deal of embarrassment. My puppy Romeo is happy though because he got in the picture at least! (Sorry I’m a little obsessive, he’s my child) Anyways, sometimes I can’t believe how much waste the three of us generate together in a day in this garbage can. This also seriously pisses me off because we live on the third floor and I hate hauling the trash to the dumpster, but that’s beside the point right?

Had I gotten a good picture of my personal garbage (imagine with me here), it probably would have consisted of the following: used coffee filters (Hi my name is Sarah, and yes, I am a caffeine-addict), empty sushi boxes, coffee cups from Dunn Brothers (usually my second fix of the day by the time I make this pit stop), string cheese wrappers (obsessed), a cheez-its box, definetley at least one Weight Watchers Smart Ones box (I pretty much live off these things until I can learn how to cook), and LOTS of paper towels. I don’t know why, but I cannot seem to kick my frivolous paper towel using habit…I’m working on it. Oh and after two weeks of our refrigerator smelling like a dead person was frozen in it, we finally found the source of the stench…a rotten tomato (yes, it was mine – and they blame me). So make sure and add that to my trash pile.

Photo: CRW Engineering Group, LLC

After our recent field trip to Hamm Landfill, the composting site, and the recycling center, I am even more motivated to recycle. I couldn’t believe how much paper we use. The landfill trip really opened my eyes to all the garbage we produce. I also proceeded to spread the word to my roommate, Sam Hamm (yes, as in Hamm Landfill) that she alone fills up half the garbage can in the kitchen from all her fast food wrappers and that she should cut back and not contribute to the landfill her family owns. She laughed, but trust me, I’m workin’ on her. My goal by the end of the semester is to get her to recycle 🙂 We’ll see…

-Sarah Nelson



Let’s get trashed by travisjbrown
February 26, 2008, 3:58 pm
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Environmentalist beware…..

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The garbage monster!

Yeup. That’s mine. A whole day of trash. You have to admit, he’s kind of cute from a distance.

But get up close and the story changes. There’s the smelly, rotting onion hiding behind his jug lid-nose. Take a peak inside the treacherous creature’s mouth and the view get’s even worse. Moist coffee grains strewn about, a pile of uneaten beans, a mound of bacon grease.

That’s not even half of the horror behind this monster. Think of how long this trash will be around. His left eye – that bean can – that’ll biodegrade in 50-100 years. His right aluminum eye will take 80 – 100 years. And that OJ jug he’s trying to chomp down – that’s here for the the long haul with a life expectancy of forever.

Two weeks ago I started this exercise of putting my trash out on display. Now I’d by lying to you if I told you this was an eco-conscious decision. Actually, I just don’t have a trash can by my desk at work, and I’m far to lazy to bring one. So I just create a pile next to my computer. Every time I drink a soda or finish a candy bar, I add the remains to the pile. At the end of the day I take the mini-heap to the trash can and recycling bins.

This is good for two reasons. 1) I make sure to recycle and 2) I’m more aware of my waste. Now, when I get my morning coffee, I nix the straw and napkins so that they won’t be staring at me all day.

When I decided to carry this experiment over to my home life, it didn’t go over as well. At work the trash just blends in with my usual clutter, and it only consists of a few remnants of items taken from the break room. At home I create much more waste and my roommates don’t appreciate it being left out in the open… no matter how pretty I make it look.

One of them even had the nerve to put my beautiful creation in the garbage can. Of course, I was forced to dig out and reassemble my new friend.

People don’t like seeing their trash.

No kidding, Travis. Why the hell do you think they invented the trashcan?

But maybe it’s good to see how much waste we produce. And I think I know just the man to help us with this.

Chris Jordan makes works of art that put our consumption in perspective.

Oh how lovely, it’s George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
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Wait a minute, that’s not a Seurat.

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Why, that’s not a Seurat at all!

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Artist: Chris Jordan, chrisjordan.com

This piece uses images of 106,000 aluminum cans. That’s how many are used in the U.S. every 30 seconds.

It may not be Neo-impressionism, but it sure makes an impression on me.

So is this mind control? Propaganda? Heresy to good old American capitalism? Does this artwork thrive of the guilty conscious of it’s viewers?

No. It educates us. Numbers just don’t have the impact they used to. We hear so many astronomical statistics on the news that we’ve become desensitized to them.

It’s the difference between these two fellas:
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Hmmm…..

Al Gore and Iron Eyes Cody may have strikingly similar facial features. But they used completely different means of communicating their message. While Cody tried to make us feel guilty for destroying mother earth, Mr. Gore has worked to educate us.

So I say bring on the awakening. Bring on the awareness. But it doesn’t hurt to focus on aesthetics. We all like pretty things

-Travis Brown



You can’t really judge a person by their trashcan(s). by dmdeshazer
February 26, 2008, 3:55 pm
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I guess you could learn a lot about someone by observing their trashcan. Maybe that’s why people make a profession out of dumpster diving — trash is just that intriguing.

When I really thought about it though, most of my waste (and that of my roommates) is food-related. Take a look at the comparison of our kitchen trash with my own personal waste:

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Yes, this difference may also be due to selective trash can using (i.e. we hold no discretion about which trash cans our trash is thrown into… it’s whatever is convenient or proximate), but it goes without saying that eating two to three meals a day contributes highly to what we all throw away.

But if you looked at my trashcan, all you can see is a lousy paper towel and a box of Theraflu medicine. Man, I don’t waste ANYTHING! You can’t judge my trash by my trashcan. That doesn’t account for the one to two cans of Diet Coke I drink a day, the can from my soup I had for lunch, or maybe even my styrofoam dinner container from chinese take-out leftovers. And what about the Kansan I read today, but left in one of my classrooms. What happens to that?

I had a conversation with one of my four roommates about all my new “discoveries” of green living, and she responds, “Yeah, let’s start recycling!” with a jubilant yelp — yet, we both have still yet to share this enlightened idea with the rest of our roommates or make a bin for our joint recyclables or even start to take action… I digress.

So, how can we reduce this food-related waste that happens every time we eat, which for most of us is many, many times a week? I really don’t know a solution, but I’ll be looking.

–Danae DeShazer



Don’t read that trash. Read this. by Lauren Keith


photo by Vitor, flickr.com

It’s nice that this assignment is over. I can finally take a load off. Or out.

Actually, the amount of trash that I generated in the first day was not even worthy of a picture, so I extended the assignment’s time frame to cover from Friday until five minutes ago, and I’m still simultaneously intrigued by and disappointed in my waste.

I guess I’m not as “wasted” as I thought I was.

This is all of the trash generated over the past five days.

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Including (but not limited to):

-junk mail and magazine inserts
-maybe the worst bagel I’ve ever had
-far too many receipts: And how can I go to both Wal-Mart and The Merc? I only bought a pack of stickers, and I died a little when I walked inside.
-Waffles, constituting at least 30 percent of my diet.
-Dr Pepper, the breakfast of champions
-plastic wrap from leftovers, sticker packaging and the top of crouton bags

When separated into recyclables, the picture is a little different (separated by the red plastic line from my new bag of cheese. I better get some “reuse” points there).

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During the tour of Hamm Landfill, Charlie Sedlock said that about 80 percent of the trash was fibrous products, like cardboard, something that I couldn’t believe. What about all of those diapers, food scraps and unshredded personal data from the University?

But then seeing my own trash, I would guess that Charlie’s estimation is accurate.

I was really proud of how much of my waste could be recycled, but I seem to have forgotten the less popular Rs. Even if I am recycling, I am still consuming.

I’ve never been happy about being below average, but these are pictures that I could post on the refrigerator that Mom would be proud of.

As long as they aren’t on a piece of paper.

—Lauren Keith

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How Convenient is “Convenient”? by julianat
February 26, 2008, 3:02 pm
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I carried a bag of trash around for 24 hours. I’ve never been as intimate with my waste before, but at the same time I felt very disconnected.

Today was a bad day for trash , and this was due to the relative “convenience” of my waste. With sympathy towards Bobby’s post, I just didn’t have time to create a healthy lunch for myself, and had to resort to getting mysterious food from The Underground .

Some say ignorance is bliss, and sometimes I wish I could resort to that lifestyle. Before every action or decision I make, my mind initiates a long list of questions. Where did this come from? What is in this? How did it get here ? Who made this? Where will the unusable parts or trash go when I am through with this? The list goes on and on, and it can make life quite difficult and can make my conscience go nuts, but it is the consequence (and benefit to everything else) of my awareness.
Walking into the Underground made me really uncomfortable. It’s crowded, its noisy and everyone is flirting. I feel like my decision on what food to get and eat are being observed by everyone, and the notion of taking a huge Styrofoam plate for my salad makes me want to succumb to my empty stomach and run home for food.

What really is the convenience of these disposables? Not only does it wreck havoc on my conscience, but using disposable take out containers make up a large majority of waste and no where to put it.

Apart from my guilty consumption last night, I was also attending an “internationally themed” potluck for Environs, which meant for me, making about 40 delicious Vietnamese spring rolls. This lead to a disproportionate amount of personal trash, because I was cooking for about 25 people.

This waste from my cooking excursion included, plastic packaging for noodles, rice paper and tofu, as well as a lot of organic waste from preparing carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and herbs.

To offset my already abundant waste for the day, I knew I could do something with the peels and bits and pieces of unused vegetables. I unfortunately have no backyard and no garden, so composting was out of the question for me. Instead, I decided to save up these bits and pieces for a future vegetable stock! I bagged up the excess veggies, and threw them in a (plastic) bag and stored them in the freezer.

I felt a little better about diverting some waste, but it still makes me cringe to think of all the Styrofoam waste that the university and faculty and students partake in. When will KU wake up and become sustainable and KU Dining start using biodegradable disposables?

My Frozen Veggies

My bag of veggies for vegetable stock

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A Day in Trash

The Recycling Center

The Recycling Center at my House

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OK, I had to post one more photo because I saw everyone else had trashy pictures with their pets, and Ferdinand happened to be interested too

– Juliana Tran



Trash day is my favorite day! by lindsaycr
February 26, 2008, 2:47 pm
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When I read the assignment for this week, I was actually pretty excited to see where I would rank regarding trash consumption. When I picked through my trash, I came up with three major categories: paper, food, and plastic and cardboard containers.

I realized that the majority of my trash was paper products. That wasn’t surprising considering the fact that the EPA says that two-thirds of total waste is paper. My paper products included a magazine, some old homework, junk mail, and newspapers.

I hate wasting paper so I have always been pretty good about separating paper products from the rest of my trash. I even found a Web site where it teaches you how you can recycle paper at home.

The next big item in my trash was leftover food. I already knew that food could be used in composte, but I learned that I could also combine food scraps with yard waste to make it easier to recycle.

The last thing in my trash were containers and packaging for things like milk jugs, cereal boxes, etc. One of the things that I’ve always liked doing is saving plastic containers, like for butter or sour cream, and using them as tupperwear. That’s my way of saving the environment and money at the same time!

In the end, my one day trash consumption equaled less than one pound. When I tried to weigh it on my bathroom scale, nothing came up. One of the reasons I was so light was because there were a ton of paper products, but it would be interesting to see how heavy it would be on another day. At the end, I was glad to know that I was well below the national average of 4.6 pounds.

Lindsay



ORGANIC ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE: Try Going “Local” by dmdeshazer

Locally grown food helps support local farmers and in turn, generates money for the local economy.We’ve all heard of the organic craze. People are switching their diets to “organic” foods. This is all supposed to be healthier and better for the environment, right? Organic food sales are on the up-and-up, increasing 22 percent in 2006 to a $17 billion industry (for the full article, read here). A lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon—with reasons of personal and planetary health—but how do we know exactly what we’re getting?

What does organic even mean? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.” Also, products that come from animals aren’t given any antibiotics or growth hormones (see The Meatrix if you’re unsure about the standard practices of processed meat companies). Ding, ding, ding! We have a solution. Go out and buy all the organic food you can.

Wrong. There’s a lot more to “buying organic” to save the planet than just looking for that USDA Organic label. Yeah, maybe if your food is organic, it’s probably going to have a better taste and more nutrients (read more reasons to eat organic food in this Prevention magazine article), but you’ve got to read a little closer into those organic labels. Say you want to buy some organic honey. Sure, they probably carry it at your favorite mainstream grocery store—and you’re probably patting yourself on the back for a totally organic purchase. But, take a look at the label. Many honey packages, even organic ones, are produced across oceans from us. Try, Hawaii (Volcano Island Honey) and Africa (Zambezi Organic Forest Honey). Even if it doesn’t come from far away lands, it may even be in Illinois (Y.S. Organic Bee Farm) or Pennsylvania (Dutch Gold Honey). Some may even contain labels including multiple countries, such as Full Circle Farm Organic Honey, which can be bought at Hy-Vee, but is made in Mexico and Brazil.

So is it really that good to buy organic, especially if it travels hundreds of miles in a gas-guzzling truck expending harmful gases into the ozone? It’s still good. But, there’s something better and even cooler you can do for the environment.

Go Local. Did you know there’s locally-made organic food? Alisa Smith and James Mackinnon began something called the 100-Mile Diet, a movement to get others eating local, organic food. They were dissatisfied with the idea that when an average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 1,500 miles—which Alisa and James call “the SUV diet.” The 100-Mile Diet, which is an eating lifestyle that requires you only to eat foods produced within 100 miles of your home, isn’t supposed to be easy—but it’s a way to connect you with your food, your local farmers, the seasons, and the landscape you live in.

Some reasons to go local, instead of just organic:

Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.

Locally grown produce is fresher. While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmer’s market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time.

Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. In a March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic.

Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling “Name brand” fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Senshu Apples, and Chieftain Potatoes.

Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space – farms and pastures – an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.–excerpted from “10 Reasons to Go Local” from Life Begins at 30 weblog.

Lucky for us Lawrencians, we have a vast arena for local food choices. Here are some ideas of where to go:

–The popular Local Burger restaurant, owned by Hilary Brown, endorses the idea of local food made fast.
Homespun Hill Farms provides quality grass-fed meat.
–For local meats, vegetables and fruits, try the weekly Farmer’s Market in downtown Lawrence.
–For organic soy beans and tofu, check out Central Soy Foods.
–The only certified organic produce section in Lawrence is available at The Merc, a store dedicated to providing organic and local foods.

Organic is great, but local is better. Eating organic may be better for you, and of course the planet, but eating local can help inch the environmental movement forward a little more.

Blog inspired by Lawrence Sustainability Network’s article, “Local eating for global change,” covering information on the 100-Mile Diet. This post now also appears on Eat.Drink.Better.

–Danae DeShazer



Newspapers and Weight Watchers – My Trash by vincemeserko
February 26, 2008, 2:18 pm
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My current trash situation isn’t really indicative of the norm. My third roommate just moved out to pursue what I think will be a successful career. During his short tenure with us he set astounding records for waste (terrible terrible stench too – I became interested in incense soon after his arrival). Before he left he threw away half his stuff and gave some of it to me. We are running out of room in our garage for all the trash he left behind. He threw away numerous cardboard boxes, an entire sack of fine expensive clothing, and some inspirational weightlifting posters. His computer is still sitting in our living room waiting for a large man to come and pick it up. I’m considering recycling it or selling it on Ebay. It’s astounding the things rich people throw away. Our previous roommate (yeah, we’ve cycled through quite a few – apparently my current roommate and I are not super fun to be around or something). Well, this guy, besides doing silly things like accidentally enrolling in classes at the Edwards campus, used to eat at Taco John’s 3-4 times a week. He ate every single meal at a fast food establishment and somehow maintained his weight of approximately 115 pounds. This produced an unbelievable amount of trash! Now there’s only two of us left and we do a pretty good job of keeping things under control. We produce about 20-25 pounds of trash between us a week which isn’t bad. He eats a lot of sandwiches and I eat a lot of Honey Bunches of Oats. I also inadvertently bought those Smart Ones Weight Watchers meals awhile ago. Now I eat them all the time. For dinner typically I eat chicken nuggets and possibly a canned vegetable. If I’m feeling adventurous I try a cheap box of “Thai” food, that Simply Asia stuff. (I’m still waiting for Simply Turkmenistan or Simply United Arab Emirates). Anyway, neither of us are wasteful or voracious consumers of anything. As echoed in much of the reading for this week, the real problem is our (U.S. population)’s insatiable need for things and the tremendously wasteful production processes that make help us fulfill that need. Neither one of us need a lot of things.

My trash is mostly cardboard and waste leftover from my Friday morning McDonald’s routine. As alluded to in an earlier post, every Friday for the past eight years I gobble down a plate of pipin’ hot McDonald’s flapjacks and 2-3 cups of pipin’ hot McDonald’s coffee. I get McDonald’s coffee 3-4 days a week. There isn’t much virtue in my vice, but the new McDonald’s coffee is great … and ultra-caffeinated. I can’t help but wonder though why McDonald’s needs to use so much styrofoam packaging. They agreed in 1987 to phase out styrofoam, but they still use a tremendous amount of it. It provides the “plate” and “lid” for my flapjacks. They do deserve some credit, however, for listening to consumer disapproval and at least trying to uphold bits of their corporate social responsibility statement.

While my roommate and I aren’t beacons of a zero-waste lifestyle, we do, however, have an almost militant adherence to recycling … and for good reason. Between the two of us we drink 4-5 12 oz. cans of Coke and Pepsi a day. I also have a very obsessive-compulsive relationship with newspapers. I read 6-7 every morning and stack them in the corner. I make sure the stack is perfectly even. When my roommate throws his UDK on the stack (making it uneven) I become furious. By the end of the week my newspaper stack is about a foot and a half tall and it all gets recycled. Sometimes I stare at the stack with a marveling gaze. We’re not perfect but we aim to try.

Here’s my garage:

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The (in)famous newspaper stack – notice how uneven it is

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Me being buried by trash

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Me buried in trash and holding up engine coolant

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-Vince Meserko



One man’s trash is another man’s…trash by rarab

I realize we were assigned the task of photographing and weighing our trash as a way of shedding light on the amount of waste we generate on an average day. I did give this an honest attempt, but, quite frankly, it was a slow trash day (not that that’s a bad thing).

I could easily supply photos of my own garbage (although first I’d remove the bloody gloves and the chloroform bottles), but instead I thought I’d take this opportunity to put some of the focus back on the bigger picture.

That is, in my two-person household, my wife and I make a conscious effort to keep trash to a minimum. Like Jen mentioned in her post, we consistently are the house on our block with the least amount of trash come pick-up day. Every Thursday morning, I experience the same level of outrage as I drive by the houses that have placed stacks of reusable materials to be dumped in the landfill: old toys that kids have outgrown, ripped up carpets, old book cases, outdated clothing, old sofas…it’s all left out for the garbage men to retrieve and make magically disappear.

Of course, a big reason why we’re doing a better job with personal waste management is because we’re only a two-person household; another reason (as Jen can attest to) is that we work for the university and so we can’t afford to buy stuff worth wasting! But those points are moot (because I say so).

The purpose of mentioning my neighbors was not to provide a “holier than thou” attitude, but simply to point out just how commonplace wastefulness has become to the average American.

It all reminds me of the passage in one of my all-time favorite books, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Surely you were forced to read it at some point in your educational experience. If so, you’ll recall the scene where young children are being conditioned into the ways of a consumerist society:

“But old clothes are beastly,” continued the untiring whisper. “We always throw away old clothes. Ending is better than mending, ending is better than mending, ending is better …
Every man, woman and child compelled to consume so much a year. In the interests of industry. The sole result …
Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches; the more stitches …”

As was the case with most of Huxley’s predictions, this one has definitely come true.

In fact, our transition from the Great Depression generation (waste not, want not) to our current state of disposable goods is really a troubling shift–but one that has been so subtle that most of us don’t even realize it. Take, for instance, this infomercial I saw on TV the other day for a product that helps us cut through all the plastic crap that covers practically every newly purchased household product:

Here’s an idea: Instead of creating more products to deal with our wastefulness (which eventually also end up in our landfills), why not stop coating everything in a layer of form-fitting plastic?!! Also, were you like me and did you screech when you saw them using the product to open the eco-friendly light bulbs? (Sorta cancels out the benefits, doesn’t it)…or how about the scene where they use the tool to open a package of bottled water! Arrrgh! I GIVE UP!

Actually, I don’t give up (I had my fingers crossed behind my back the whole time).

Instead, I think we need a little religion to set us back on course, and there’s no one better to supply that than Rev. Billy and His Church of Stop Shopping. If you’re unfamiliar with the Reverend, he’s part performance artist, part political activist, and part hilarious entertainment. I first caught wind of him in a documentary where he went through the Times Square Disney store preaching the evils of unnecessary consumption; I’ve been a disciple ever since. Check out this clip and pay close attention to the way host (*cough* dork *cough*) Glenn Beck tries to laugh off the Rev’s very important points. Sure, it’s easy to laugh at the Rev., but then again, we’ve been told to make our messages humorous and entertaining, and the good Reverend has certainly mastered that…can I get an AMEN (or at the very least a Woot-Woot)!

–Ranjit