Sex, Lies and Garbage by Belinda Waymouth

With world population at 7 billion-plus, there are more potential people to have sex with than ever... not forgetting the inevitable result: more people. 

Some environmentalists lose sleep wondering how to feed these additional human beings. But what about all the extra trash that will be created?

A friend of mine -- let's call her Heidi -- has become insomniacal over the increasing amounts of waste deluging our planet. Heidi is like Andie MacDowell's character Ann in the movie Sex, Lies and Videotape. In the opening scene Ann is existentially angst-ing over a perpetually self-replenishing garbage can. Her agile movie-therapist eventually leads her back to her real problem -- sex. However, with Heidi, there is no distracting her from her never-ending trash thought-loop.

Heidi zeroed in on garbage in San Francisco in the '80s, when she encountered formalized recycling, and realized there was a serious consumption/packaging/waste problem. By the way, Heidi's grandparents live in the New England house her family built in 1804, with the original made-to-last furniture. There is no cradle to cradle for this stuff, it simply endures. Heidi's grandmother wears the same green polyester pantsuit every Christmas -- for 45 years! Her family's commitment to less really is more, reassures Heidi. She considers frugality noble. Which is how Americans used to view the wise use of resources -- the true meaning of frugality -- not the negative association of cheapness it's now given.

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