Trash is disgusting in any way you want to think about it. It looks gross, it smells gross, and handling it is absolutely disgusting. We all live in a world where everything is disposable, so when it gets to be garbage day and we wheel those bins out to the curb, we don’t think about how much we actually have in wastage. We know the can is full, and we know that we’re looking forward to it being taken away, but that’s all.
Well, in a study that is called “7 Days of Garbage”, Gregg Segal is working hard at showing the world how much waste we each create every week. So, the families that participated all know exactly how much garbage they’re putting out every week. It’s an entertaining and horrifying experiment that shows us just how much we are really sending to the dump every week.
In some photos, you can see the disgust and/or shame in the participants faces as they lie down with all of their garbage surrounding them. Their expressions are honest and open, which allows us to see that our feelings of disgust and horror are mirrored in them as well. In these photos, you can see the honest amount of wastage per family: some are better than others, and there are several that are just plain horrible no matter how you look at it.
Segal’s wish is that, in showing the world these moving and motivating photos – all carefully taken to best impact his audience – he hopes that we can all be more aware of exactly what it is we are putting out and help to reduce it. He says that these photos are showing just how we are wrecking the environment, and what we can do to help stop it. Website | Facebook (h/t: Slate)
Alfie, Kirsten, Miles, and Elly
Till and Nicholas
Elias, Jessica, Azai, and Ri-karlo
Sam and Jane
Michael, Jason, Annie, and Olivia
Lya, Whitney, and Kathrin
Marsha and Steven