Activist wears month’s worth of trash to raise awareness
An activist who spent 30 days pocketing all of his trash and wearing it has collected 84lbs (6st) of waste.
Rob Greenfield hauled the equivalent of a child around New York City with a custom-made suit packed full of rubbish.
The contents of his ‘Trash Me’ suit, designed by Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway, included coffee cups, pizza boxes, wrappers and other daily waste.
In America, people throw away 4.5 pounds of waste every day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Rob’s month-long mission to encourage people to recycle and reduce waste concluded on Wednesday.
Rob, from Wisconsin, USA, said: “I’m truly shocked and amazed at how much the trash added up each day.
“It seems like so little as we toss it all away to never think about it again but to hold onto it for just a month shows the absurd amount of trash that we make.
“I can’t help but imagine what one year, one decade, or even one lifetime of this lifestyle would amount to.
“This project has woken me up even further to the behind the scenes impact of our pervasive throw away mind-set.
“Through this project I have realised and solidified in my mind more than ever before that one person can truly make a massively positive impact in the world by making small changes in their life.
“With the average person making around 1,600 pounds of trash in one year and imagining how much that is compared to the trash I was wearing it’s obvious to me that simple changes can make a huge difference over time.
“The total amount of trash I made was 84 pounds compared to the 135 pounds that the average American creates in a month.
“So I created about third less trash than the average American does.”