Balancing Consumer Culture and Our Environment

A long-term, sustainable solution to waste will require fundamental changes to our consumer culture and economy.

Over the past 100 years, the amount of waste produced by humans has increased by nearly 10,000 percent. Most of whatever isn't recycled or dumped into the ocean is sent to landfills, where it will leak methane and other toxic outputs.
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