Waste And Throwaway Culture
Throwaway culture affects the excluded just as it quickly reduces things to rubbish. Most of the paper we use is thrown away and not recycled… The way natural ecosystems work is exemplary: plants synthesise nutrients which feed herbivores; these in turn become food for carnivores which produce significant quantities of organic waste which give rise to new generations of plants. But our industrial system… has not developed the capacity to absorb and re-use waste and by-products.
Covid-19 has led to shortages of various resources globally, such as food, water, and paper products and caused many to “make do” with what we have.
How has this influenced my perspective on what it means to live a simple lifestyle?
Has it inspired any changes in my thinking about what I “really need” or in my consumption patterns?