In an effort to bring awareness to mass waste created by our consumerist society, a French artist took it upon himself to collect his trash over a course of four years. Antoine Repessé, the “trash art’” photographer, collected the waste created by his consumption and sorted them accordingly by room, such as milk cartons in the kitchen, toilet paper rolls in the restroom, and magazines in the sitting room.
The “trash art” definitely highlights the created waste that consumerism can bring. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average American throws out 1,000 pounds of waste each year. Multiplied by the number of people living in the United States, which is 318.9 million, the outcome would be so huge, we need to use scientific notation! For those questioning our calculations skills, here’s the number: 3.189e11. Some people even take it a step further and attempt to live completely waste free, like the Johnson family in San Francisco. This family of 4 produces little to no waste. They use reusable containers and buy products, such as grain and milk, in bulk. Although our artist Antoine Repessé won’t go so far as to live a “zero waste lifestyle” such as the Johnson family, he has definitely become more of a conscious consumer.
When you sit next to stacks of newspapers you have collected over time, it will get you thinking about whether or not you would like to continue your LA Times subscription. Just for the restroom, you spend hundreds of dollars a year purchasing toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, soap bars, toothbrushes, etc. All that adds up. Where does the trash go? Wherever it ends up, most likely dump sites in 3rd world countries, we should be more consciously aware of what we buy to better our consumerism and our environment.