|You can learn a lot about someone by examining what they throw away. And considering that the average American makes seven pounds (!) of trash a day, we can learn a lot. Read on to learn about what your garbage says about your health.|
Trash Talk: What Your Garbage Says
You can learn a lot about someone by examining what they throw away. And considering that the average American makes seven pounds (!) of trash a day, we can learn a lot.
One thing discovered is that Americans use a lot of plastic. In fact, Americans waste so much plastic that officials can’t even monitor it. “The plastic trash we lose track of is comparable to losing 40 Navy aircraft carriers’ worth of plastic at sea every year,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Edward Humes.
This plastic ends up in our seas, so when you can, ditch the plastic. Look into alternatives like reusable water bottles and grocery bags.
Another thing we can learn from our trash is that America has a serious coffee addiction. Americans throw away an estimated 25 billion Styrofoam cups a year! And since it takes at least 500 years for these cups to decompose, they are filling up our landfills at an alarming rate. Maybe it’s time we all ditch the coffee–or at least the cups.
We also seem to have a love for canned foods. But did you know there is a chemical used to coat the inside of cans that can lead to obesity, heart problems, and even cancer? When planning your next meal, consider swapping canned goods for their fresh counterparts.