Look in your refrigerator and take stock of what you see. You might see a mixture of fruits and vegetables, some processed foods, and leftovers from dinner the night before. Are you going to eat all of that food before it goes bad? Will your family? Your roommate? If the answer is yes, then you have accomplished something many Americans struggle with – wasting food. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that the average American family does not eat 20% of the food that they buy. Imagine walking out of the store with five grocery bags, dropping one on the ground, and walking away – not exactly something you would do intentionally.

The average American produces around 7.1 lbs. of trash per day, and will generate 102 tons of trash in their lifetime. To give a bit of perspective, that weight is equivalent to every car made in Detroit since World War II! Every piece of food packaging, every old t-shirt, and all of those old phone cases that don’t fit your new one, all accumulate to form our individual 102 ton total. We have developed an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude that allows us to forgo responsibility once an item is thrown in the bin, so we often don’t think about where our garbage will end up. As convenient as it is to have our trash picked up and taken away, we have to remember that it’s only being transported to a different location, and it doesn’t disappear.

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