One of the winning strategies that Janine Benyus lists as core to a mature ecosystem is 'Use waste as a resource'. This video interviews Heather Rogers, author of the film and documentary Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. Facinating. She states that garbage doesn't need to be wasted - that this waste is a relatively new social construction.

What do you think? What applications do you see with organisations?

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Sure, waste in the way that we see things, is a new construct. Before plastics, the only waste would have been broken pans and steel items that ended up with the rag and bone man, and bits of broken willow pattern crockery, which turn up in people's gardens across the UK.

It's time to tackle the idea of anything going to landfill head-on so that we a) maintain stocks of important resources, b) learn to create restorative design that starts to fix this injured planet of ours
One of the paradigm-shifts or 'aha' moments for me, was realising that when we throw something away, there is no 'away'.

The unintended consequence of regular municipal rubbish collections (good for keeping things sanitary, a great example of collective activity) is that people come to assume that rubbish is someone else's responsbility, and that their waste-creation activities are inherent and should be catered for, rather than a choice they are making which they can take responsibility for. Andy's comments seem to be aimed at the big players. In addition to them, a shift needs to happen in our collective, domestic behaviour.



Andy Middleton said:
Sure, waste in the way that we see things, is a new construct. Before plastics, the only waste would have been broken pans and steel items that ended up with the rag and bone man, and bits of broken willow pattern crockery, which turn up in people's gardens across the UK.

It's time to tackle the idea of anything going to landfill head-on so that we a) maintain stocks of important resources, b) learn to create restorative design that starts to fix this injured planet of ours

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