Welcome to the blog of the course and textbook Facing up to global warming: What is going on and what you can do about it. This course is run by Professor Nick Gray of the Trinity Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trash is for Tossers: say NO to trash

‘Trash is for Tossers (say NO to trash)’ is the blog of  Lauren Singer who is trying to live a zero waste life in the heart of New York City.  She is sharing her journey towards this excellent goal, although I suspect it is going to be a tough one. She has one great quote ‘I really decided that I not only needed to claim to love the environment, but actually live like I love the environment’.  She also gives two really interesting and helpful definitions:

Waste …’a  point source, meaning it is discarded by its holder with intent of it going to landfill. Trash is anything a person plans to throw away or anything a person deems obsolete that is then discarded in a manner where it will not be intended for re-purposing or reuse even if it unknowingly will be at some point in the future. ‘

Zero Waste means that I do not produce any garbage. No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing. However, I do recycle and I do compost. 

Lauren is really on the right path here and I for one will be following her journey and learn from her experiences.


Nick Gray 

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