Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's Tuesday - The Bag Begins Bursting

Today - everywhere I look people carry water bottles. Chris Jordan is an artist in Seattle whose work puts consumerism into stark perspective. He's big on statistics though he calls it "Running the Numbers". Check out his photo about 1/4 way down the page link. His statement strikes at our humanity:

My underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.
This is NOT about guilt - its about doing what's best for the planet. Jordan uses his images to help us consider the value of one. I'm not a big water bottle user - I'm a re-user - but damn am I gathering to-go coffee cups! I can see that next week will find me becoming a travel mug coffee drinker. Wonder what the barista will say? If its anything like the response from the grocery store when I use my own cloth bag, it will be a humorous time. They look at me like I have 2 heads - which I don't....yet :)

Yesterday's trash: coffee cups, paper towels, yogurt container (non-recyclable so far as I can tell), napkins, mixed paper, miscellaneous mail...my bag is bulging. The custodian at work is going to think I'm on holiday! No trash to pull! HA

For hi-resolution - go to the originating site from Cornell University.


Jay, writer MemberSpeed.com said...

All I can say is that they'd better get used to seeing two heads! I'm surprised that some people are still shocked to hear of shoppers bringing their own bags for their groceries. This age is a huge and critical moment for the green movement. Hopefully, that cash register person who stared at you learned something new that day.

Bob Glaza said...

thanks, Jay - funny you should mention the checker. I went through her line a couple weeks later...her tune was quite different. She commented along the lines of "don't you just love these reusable bags?" Whats most amazing is how quickly a new perspective can strike!