Does garbage exist? In nature, no. Trash is an invention of the human being.
In nature, what is not useful for one living being is food for another. What remains in a process will start another process, in endless closed cycles. But we, humans, get gathered in cities and open the cycles, making them linear open processes:
production of food and consumer goods -> consumer, usually in cities added -> landfills
The result? Overcrowded landfills and dumps, mixing and storing materials that could be super rich elsewhere, such as organic matter for composting and enriching the soil for food production. (Instead, we throw out the manure, mixed with plastic, paper, etc.. And at the other end of the process, we pay industries to produce fertilizers.)
At home, nobody likes to deal with the trash at all. My father says that when he was a boy, his role in household chores was to take out the garbage. And, as was embarrassed to have to do that, he watched before heading out to see if any classmate was on the street. We all have a negative images of trash. So we try to handle our waste as little as possible, packint it in plastic and throwing it away as soon as possible!
But where does the garbage go?
If you want a frank answer (the reality of many developing countries), watch this.
Ok, if you’re lucky your material will go to a better place. But anyway we all should be more involved in the process and feel ourselves responsible for the waste we generate.
So, let’s do it?
The challenge of the month is: take care of your garbage!
Here’s what you should do:
- Rethink: find that garbage is not “junk”
- Reduce: Decrease your waste generation, buying more consciously. Choose products with less packaging or packaging biodegradable or recyclable. Do not waste.
- Reuse: Before you buy boxes, glass and plastic containers to organize and beautify the home, think that the bottles, and glasses that you would throw away can serve.