So yes, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday is similar to 3Rs Saturday as they both involve the sustainability concepts of reducing our consumption. Reducing is the key with Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, more than Saturday which also encompasses recycling and resuing.
The fact is that American's consumption is literally off the charts, we just keep on consuming and consuming, when in fact we probably have all we will ever need. It's an obsession. Is it really more "glamorous" to drink out of a plastic water bottle, rather than using a glass or reusable bottle? Or that much more "convenient" to use a ziploc baggie for lunch everyday when a reusable plastic container or lunch sack would work just fine? What is the psychology around all of this? Is it that American's feel "entitled" to not have to use something twice - forbid we might have to wash something out, rather than grabbing a brand new container or product.
That reminds me of this powerful poster I found on Pinterest sometime ago. The poster was created by Max Temkin. Find the pin on Pinterest here.
Additionally, this article by the brilliant Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org) really says it all about consumption in America. So, for this week on WNWN Wednesday, I will share with you an excerpt from an article he wrote on Waste Not Want Not. Take the time to read the article in its entirety if you have time, if not, here is the meat of it:
...Americans discard enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet every three months—and aluminum represents less than 1 percent of our solid waste stream. We toss 14 percent of the food we buy at the store. More than 46,000 pieces of plastic debris float on each square mile of ocean. And—oh, forget it.
Next Up Tomorrow for the Be the Change Eco-Challenge: Test it Out Thursday
McKibben, B. (2009, May). Waste not, want not. References http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/05/waste-not-want-not