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Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash (Penguin)

Can you imagine having hoarded so much junk that you actually become trapped in your house? Not even useful junk that you might find for pennies at a garage sale and think you might be able to use later, but empty boxes and bottles, used napkins and just general garbage. This book starts out with the story of a couple living that reality in South Side Chicago, in a home that sounds as though it should be condemned. It may sound crazy, but it happens more than people seem to realize.

Garbology delves into the mountains of trash our society produces – on  average 7.1 pounds per day for the average American. Filled with statistics and research, it shows how we are rapidly barreling towards a time where instead of the extravagance with which we live now we will be frugally competing for resources which simply have run out. One chapter has a Q & A section which says that with the food that just Americans throw away every year 4 million people could be fed for that year.

The subtitle of this book says it all: “Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.”

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