i once watched a video on facebook that featured a white girl in a nice brooklyn apartment talking about how all the waste she produced could fit in a mason jar and the majority of that waste was music festival bracelets and a single bandaid
i’m thinking about a low-income patient trying to change their lifestyle after a diagnosis. they go to the store and try to buy broccoli, but you can get an entire plastic sack of broccoli florets that are cut and ready to cook for a better price than buying individual heads of broccoli.
i’m thinking about someone who has a significant disability who requires constant medical care around the clock and whose treatment requires the use of single use plastics
i’m thinking about a single working mother who can’t take the time to drive to a high-end organic bulk grocery, but who can take the time to go to her local supermarket, which sells goods like grains and beans and cereals in non-recyclable packaging
i’m thinking about the houseless person whose only reliable source of toiletries comes from donated mini hotel shampoos and conditioners
i’m thinking about the people who live in towns and counties whose governments don’t give a shit about funding recycling programs or timely waste management
please if you want, add experiences here which align with the near impossibility of waste-free living
@vestal not everyone can take public transit and in most places it's not fare free (so the fares usually generate some waste)-- and so people need cars, which are expensive, sometimes the cheapest way to get transportation is to get 2 or 3 20 year old broken corollas and swap parts between them as they break. having a huge pile of parts is pretty much the only way to do most technology cheaply, since you never know what's going to break, but that means waste, too...
@vestal ...unless you have enough space to hoard, which has its own disadvantages
it's capitalism that's wasteful, much more than individuals, we're all doing what we can
@vestal using toilet paper is not waste free, if I go into a waste free house and wipe my ass, I'm putting it in their fucking jar
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