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Inspiring Pictures of People Surrounded By Trash They’ve Accumulated In 7 Days

Inspiring Pictures of People Surrounded By Trash They’ve Accumulated In 7 Days

I think most of us know we produce too much trash.  We’ve seen horrifying images of enormous landfills, seen pictures of garbage-strewn beaches…

And yet we take our own full trash cans to the curb every week and somehow think that there’s still some mysterious “away” where we’re throwing this stuff.

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Photographer Greg Segal wanted to bring awareness to this phenomenon of our daily lives, and shine the spotlight on the broken systems that make our garbage problem so difficult to solve.  So in January of 2014, he began photographing friends, family, and complete strangers in natural settings, surrounded by the trash they accumulated in just seven days.

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Alfie, Kirsten,Miles and Elfie
    Alfie, Kirsten,Miles and Elfie
    Dana
      Dana
      John
        John
        Marsha and Steven
          Marsha and Steven
          Lya, Whitney and Kathrin
            Lya, Whitney and Kathrin
            Michael, Jason, Annie and Olivia
              Michael, Jason, Annie and Olivia
              Susan
                Susan
                Till and Nicholas
                  Till and Nicholas
                  Milt
                    Milt
                    Elias, Jessica, Azai and Ri-karlo
                      Elias, Jessica, Azai and Ri-karlo

                      Seeing these pictures has made me more aware of my day-to-day consumption habits.  I realized how much packaging is involved the microwave lunches I take to work, in the groceries I buy from the store, and the things I buy online – packaging which just gets thrown away, or, at best, recycled.  I realized, I don’t want to know what my personal 7 day trash pile would look like.  In fact, I’ve been inspired to make a change, even if that just means starting small.  After all, the best way to make a lasting lifestyle change is to start with specific, achievable goals. Here are some ideas to reduce your trash accumulation:

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                      • Invest in mason jars, high-quality tupperware, or even save plastic food containers from the store
                      • Use reusable packaging for your brown bag lunches
                      • Cook at home just one more night per week
                      • Buy bulk foods at the grocery store, and store them in your own containers
                      • Switch to a reusable water bottle
                      • Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store
                      • Get some neighbors to collaborate on a small-scale compost pile for food and yard waste

                      What are your ideas for reducing trash accumulation?  Would you be embarrassed by your own 7 day trash pile?  Let me know in the comments!

                      Featured photo credit: Greg Segal via greggsegal.com

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                      Last Updated on December 2, 2019

                      10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                      10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                      Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                      In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                      These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                      1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                      Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                      But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                      Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                      2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                      You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                      The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                      3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                      If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                      Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                      If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                      4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                      Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                      To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                      In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                      5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                      We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                      If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                      Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                      “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                      6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                      When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                      One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                      So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                      7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                      Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                      Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                      8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                      When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                      So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                      9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                      Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                      It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                      It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                      10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                      There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                      But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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