Monday, December 31, 2007

Man saves his trash for a year

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 during the past year to see how much garbage one person creates. In his case, it was about 96 cubic feet.

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?" Derfel said. "There's no such thing as 'away."'

The refuse -- including every tissue, receipt, food wrapper and plastic bottle -- lies 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.

There's a fuller story on SFGate and his blog is HERE


yellowdog granny said...

a lot of that stuff could be recycled...

dom said...

I think that's the idea