Do you know that the average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a day? Let’s do a math problem together. In the U.S., with a nearly 324 million population, there are 700,000 tons of garbage produced daily, and totaling more than 220 million tons of trash per year.
I was shocked when I first heard this data because I didn’t realize how much trash we create every day. Thinking back, whenever I threw garbage in a bin or down a chute, it was usually “out of sight and out of mind.” But where does garbage go afterward? And how can we reduce our wastes? With these questions in mind, I decided to make a zine about garbage. I want to educate myself as well as my readers to raise awareness on the issue of garbage.
The zine is divided into two sections. In the first half of the zine, I talked about the basic facts of trash, such as the journey of the garbage, landfills, etc.. I then addressed the importance of reducing individual waste in the second half of the zine, showing how to recycle and live sustainably.