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People Cuddled Next to 7 Days Worth of Trash Will Change How You Look at Food Waste [PHOTOS]

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The life of an average piece of trash harbors the most fleeting of emotions. You walk through the grocery aisle and something catches your eye. An attractive, colorful box of cookies that warms your heart with familiarity. You take it home, open it up and finish it off with a cold glass of milk. Satisfied and content, you throw the empty box that once evoked such nostalgic emotions into the trash. Without a ounce of remorse.

Now multiply this to several times a day, hundreds of times a week. This flow of affection to indifference, resulting in forgotten piles of leftovers and crumpled packaging. Seeking to capture the remnants of our actions — trash — photographer Gregg Segal created an ongoing series named 7 Days of Garbage.

7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.

Like he said, we’ve made our bed.

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Art by Gregg Segal

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1 Gallon of Milk = 1000 Gallons of Water + More Eye-Opening Facts on Food Waste

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Food consumption is constant. Unfortunately, so is food waste. We toss out valuable produce both consciously and unconsciously, whether it’s ordering a meal we can’t finish at a restaurant or discarding out week-old bananas. In the US, many of us have the mindset that food waste is, yes, “unfortuante,” but ultimately inevitable. However, few of us ever think of the money, time and environmental costs that goes behind our food.

If we did, we’d probably think twice before tossing out those leftovers.

Food Waste, A Story of Excess takes us through a quick, yet eye-opening journey through consumption and waste in the US. The video shines a light on the gravity of our everyday decisions. A few startling notes from the video:

  • Food waste costs the US $165 billion annually
  • It takes 1000 gallons of fresh water to produce 1 gallon of milk
  • Half the food in the US is wasted between the farm and the fork

Watch the video below:

H/T Visual.ly

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Technology

This Mold-Detecting Bowl Saves Your Fruit, Bananas Everywhere Rejoice

fruit bowl detects moldIt’s hard to know when fruit is at its peak. One day, it’s solid and unripe. The next, it magically transforms into mush. Wait too much longer and you’ll have blue fuzzy mold on your hands, or worse, buzzy fruit flies.

Offering a solution to wastefulness, design student Jagjit Chodha created a fruit bowl that detects mold before it grows. The bowl’s attached sensors detect elevated levels of ethylene (gas emitted as fruits mature or “ripen”), and a light on the sensor will tell you when to hurry up and eat those puppies before they go bad.

This handy fruit container was created for the Made In Brunel Show at London’s Brunel University. While it’s not available for sale, we sure hope to see it on shelves someday. Until then, we’ll have to rely on our good ol’ guessing skills to know the average life span of a banana.

H/T + PicThx Mashable