The amount of ‘garbage’ I directly created in two days here in Bali. In quotes because it’s important to start distinguishing between waste, which is an endpoint and not usefull to anyone, and a potential resource, such as compostable material.
The amount pictured is actually less than I would have created in Canada in two days because most of my meals for this Bali Internship are provided and often served in palm leafs, most of my expenses are covered and I seldom buy anything here.
But if waste is relative to location and infrastructure and cultural habits–It’s certainly easier to reduce your garbage total in a third world country, in a tropical climate, etc.–than I should be able to cut this down in many ways. This can include indirect waste like the extra oil I burn when I hop on the back of someone’s motorcycle or say, buying a kopi at a warung that uses instant sachets rather than bulk from a jar: I could suggest riding a bicycle the 1km or just walk 100 metres to the next warung.
Click the image to see notes for each individual piece of ‘garbage’.