How Would You Look Lying in a Week's Worth of Your Trash?

How Would You Look Lying in a Week's Worth of Your Trash?

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Carrie McBride
Jul 11, 2014
(Image credit: Gregg Segal via Slate)

Visiting a landfill should be required of anyone who uses one. I visited one long ago on a high school field trip and the images often pop back into my brain as I'm casually tossing out this or that at home. Photographer Gregg Segal's series, 7 Days of Garbage, is a provocative look at people lying amidst a week's worth of their garbage. Take a look, multiply a week by, I don't know, the 3,500 or so weeks you'll be alive and then multiply that by everyone you know and everyone they know and...

(Image credit: Gregg Segal via Slate)

Slate recently featured this photographic series along with an interview with Segal who says some of the participants didn't truly bring ALL their garbage with them (#trashcurators). Even so, the amount of packaging and waste makes me a bit nauseous. Hopefully, much of the plastic, metal and paper shown would normally be recycled.

It's so easy for the trash we generate to be out-of-sight/out-of mind and, living in a small apartment, I love getting rid of things. Taking the trash and recycling out is downright cathartic. There are days when I am very diligent about disposing of things in the most responsible way I know how, but, I'll admit, there are lazier days when I just want it out, out, out. The key, I suppose, is to be more diligent about what gets in in the first place.

Does your own garbage bum you out or am I the only one lying awake at night thinking about my stuff sitting in a landfill?

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