But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. . Not that the subject isn't interesting, and the images described aren't disgusting and thought-provoking, but this ended-up a history of the economics surrounding the creation of garbage: which is interesting, just not expected. Gone Tomorrow is a book that challenges the reader to become more informed about waste and the serious implications that it has on our world today. Even though over seventy tons of industrial debris from mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and petrochemical production are created for every ton of household discards, it is the slough of daily life that affects average people most directly because it is the waste we make. Thanks as well to Sam Cullman for additional technical assistance. They emit 70% of the world? There was always a limit on the amount a carter could haul in one load, so strategically located lots for temporary dumping were essential.
Maybe we do need to rethink the way we do things. When a hot spell would come along in the summer, the ground resembled a sea of small volcanoes, all breathing smoke and flames. It's not something about which we want to think, but it's out there: garbage. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change. However, the truth is that these sites are filthy, mysterious and ultimately only short-term palliatives.
I think I want to find that book. Denormalizes waste: It is a serious myth that the garbage we live with and create today has always existed. Garbage is the text in which abundance is overwritten by decay and filth: natural substances rot next to art images on discarded plastic packaging; objects of superb design—the spent lightbulb or battery—lie among sanitary napkins and rancid meat scraps. Her first book, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, traces the history and politics of household rubbish in the United States. Now we have to wake up the rest of the planet. Americans consume way to much garbage, and useless products and packaging.
But according to Heather Rodgers' research, this wasn't always the case. With terrific storytelling she uncovers one of the most invisible but troubling aspects of modern life. The references are many but justified and tried to skim over but the integrity would be questioned if Rogers did not include them. When was fixing things deemed unpatriotic? How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? At this formative time, flush toilets, indoor plumbing, more consistent street cleaning and improved refuse disposal were all making the act of wasting easier both logistically and aesthetically. I think it's still really important to read it though. Either the particular model goes out of favour, or it stops working a few years later and needs to be replaced.
Thanks as well to Christian Parenti for his intellectual comradeship, help on the film, introduction to The New Press, and early encouragement to write this book. And in garbage we find material proof that there is no plan for stewarding the earth, that resources are not being conserved, that waste and destruction are the necessary analogues of consumer society. I'm seeking out products based on the least amount of packaging used. Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage. On the other side of the planet, Bangladesh suffered the most violent flooding in a half-century during the summer of 2004. We spend an awful lot of time thinking about getting and spending, and next to none about disposing—this splendidly documented book is just the thing we need. I would highly recommend reading this book.
This staggering statistic starts Heather Rogers' fantastic book on garbage - a book that has lots of numbers, but never seems to let the reader drown in facts and figures. Gone Tomorrow, the Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers is fascinating and depressing at the same time. Then, the capitalists take the next logical step, they build in obsolescence or failure. Thanks to librarians, who keep information free and accessible, and thanks to all the friends who sent articles and recommended books to read. I had never really thought about what a city like that would look like or smell like.
Heather Rogers is a journalist and author. In Gone Tomorrow, journalist Heather Rogers guides us through the grisly, oddly fascinating world of trash. Meanwhile, they pollute local aquifers, soil and air. I did not like that this book was almost depressing to read. And warm thanks to my cousin Charlie Rogers, and my sister Holli Rogers, both of whom read parts of the book in a much rougher form and offered unswerving encouragement along the way. Same with those pesky popcorn packing things.
Overall Gone Tomorrow sets the stage for more candid discussion of waste management and provides the reader with a quick primer on how garbage is handled in the United States. And going in with three other neighbors and combining what little we all have and sharing the cost. Gone Tomorrow by Heather Rogers, is an attempt to find out where it eventually ends up and why. This book will change the way you choose to purchase and consume. This is not the case. This book was an engrossing discussion of how the nature and quantity of consumer garbage as opposed to industrial waste has changed. Her documentary film Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage 2002 screened in festivals around the globe.
I found Heather Rogers an inspiring author!!! You can actually add to his murals by picking up garbage and sticking it to his mural. It was published by The New Press and has a total of 288 pages in the book. Competing companies soon found that extra-packaging, disposable containers, or every changing marketing materials gave them an edge over competitors who remained with the same old, returnable, reusable bottle or container. I'm painfully aware of my waste now and i really think before i do anything. Still, this is a recommended book. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.