There is probably only one good point about producing lots of waste: you can make a lot of art of it to inspire us to consume less and to reduce waste! In his collection Intolerable Beauty the photographer Chris Jordan has made some amazing photos using our daily waste. These items, like cell phones and crushed cars when squished together in dizzying quantities, resemble hypnotic puzzles and abstracted color fields.
In this photo Jordan compares the complex layers of wreckage to the overwhelming detail of the Grand Canyon.
My favorite is the photo of the cell phones. Having read that in 2013 almost 1 billion new cell phones were sold, I am afraid we can make many of these photos without using the same discharged cell phones twice. The impact that our current way of living has on the environment and the -maybe even bigger- problems these products cause when we discard them, is scary. Do we really want to live in a world where we can make Grand Canyons of crushed cars?
Already for a few years I refuse the annual new phone the telephone companies try to convince me to take. Even though my current one automatically switches into mute every 20 seconds after I dropped it in the toilet last year, I am still very happy with it, as long as I don't think too long about where it went for a swim ....