Trash Talk: Interactive

frogs around the world raise awareness – both personally and publicly – of consumption and trash production in our daily lives.

Brandon Edwards, Shanghai, China Debra Keneally, New York, New York Ashley Menger, Austin, Texas Linda Carlin, Seattle, Washington

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Trash Talk is a project that explores consumption and waste production in our daily lives. The structure is this: for two weeks, an individual frog carries – at all times – whatever trash they produce that is not recyclable or compostable. Throughout this time, the participant records his/her progress, predicaments, substitutions, and solutions, sharing the experience with others through an online journal. For participants and readers alike, the experiment serves as a wake-up call to the direct impact of consumer habits on the global ecosystem. At the end of each two-week period, a new frog continues the project in another of our international studios, experiencing his/her own stint of trash-free living. The transference of this blog seeks to highlight the differences in environmental consciousness across cities, environments, governments, and economies. And, ideally, it’ll mean a few hundred less pounds of garbage in our landfills – a small step, but a measurable one.

The rules are as follows:

  • Participants must remove all garbage cans from their house/ desk.
  • Participants may not use public garbage cans/ or anyone else’s garbage can.
  • Participants cannot give garbage to someone else to throw away.
  • Participants may recycle.
  • Participants may compost.
  • Participants may flush the toilet.
  • Participants may incinerate items.
  • Participants may donate objects to Goodwill or other charity organizations.
  • When participants eat in a restaurant, unless it states that it composts, they must either finish everything on their plate or take it to a compost facility.
  • Any garbage created, the participant must live with. It must stay on him/her (in a purse, bag, etc.) or within five feet at all times.


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