Books and websites about disposability

Here are some books and websites that are helpful in thinking about the array of issues associated with disposability.

Charlene Cerny and Suzanne Seriff, eds. Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap.  New York: Harry N. Abrams and the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM: 1996.  This is the catalog of a pioneering exhibition exploring the ways that the world’s poor use rubbish, from oil cans to plastic baby dolls, to create art.

Daniel Imhoff.  Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World.  San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2005.  This book sets out the problem and offers case studies  of innovators.

The League of Women Voters. The Plastic Waste Primer: A Handbook for Citizens. Washington, D.C.: The League of Women Voters Education Fund, 1993. This book is an oldie but a goodie, laying out the issues and avenues for actions with brevity and clarity.

Thomas Thwaites. The Toaster Project, or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch.  New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.  This book is hilarious and thought-provoking, as our hero attempts to produce the materials needed to build a modern, unrepairable toaster.

My Plastic Free Life is a fascinating and useful blog about two things: the complicated consequences of using plastic, especially packaging, and strategies we all can use to reduce plastic in the environment. Click here to view My Plastic Free Life.





Hot beverage cup and lid, manufacturer unknown. High impact polystyrene (lid) and double wall paper (cup).

Hot beverage cup and lid, manufacturer unknown. High impact polystyrene (lid) and double wall paper (cup).

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