October 30, 2014
Ari Derfel leads a trashy life. He just wants to remind everyone else that they do, too.
The 35-year-old Berkeley caterer said he has saved every piece of trash he has generated over the past year to see how much garbage one person creates.
The experiment began as a way to examine his own consumption
habits, Derfel said, but grew into a statement about consumerism
and the environment.
"When we throw something away, what does 'away' mean?" said
Derfel. "There's no such thing as 'away.' "
The refuse - including every tissue, receipt, food wrapper and plastic bottle - resides in bins in the kitchen and living room of Derfel's apartment. He composts his food scraps.
Derfel said he eventually hopes to donate his accumulated waste to a sculptor.
On the Web:
Ari Derfel's blog: http://saveyourtrash.typepad.com
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
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