Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters

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Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters

Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters

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He looks at it as a sympathetic person from the first world, and tries to say that consumerism and skewed international relations are to blame for the waste-led environmental crisis in the poorer and third world countries. Among the industrial-scale horrors, Franklin-Wallis finds warm and bright characters whose lives have become inextricably woven into the waste stream. Even though I'm withholding the last star because the author didn't quite succeed in this (and when he didn't, he stumbled pretty hard), I particularly appreciated the mostly nuanced takes on good and bad practices, and the repercussions of policy and strategy changes that are almost never thoroughly thought through (yeah, sorry about that, I couldn't help myself.

It’s an ethos…People don’t understand that we are part of nature and that this (composting) is a natural cycle. An award-winning investigative journalist takes a deep dive into the global waste crisis, exposing the hidden world that enables our modern economy — and finds out the dirty truth behind a simple what really happens to what we throw away? Multiply by the sheer quantity of devices, and the impact is vast: a single recycler in China, GEM, produces more cobalt than the country’s mines each year. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around July 18, 2023.There is an ungodly amount of information that there is no way to totally absorb but like I think very necessary. Everything you need to know (or have suspicions of) about planned obsolescence - initially modelled into the design of tvs, cars, in the 50’s - now an ingrained process.

Oliver Franklin-Wallis is an award-winning magazine journalist, whose writing has appeared in GQ, WIRED, The Guardian, the New York Times, The Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Economist's 1843 magazine, and many other publications. I’d recommend this book to anyone concerned about our planet, and who wants to dive deeper into specific green issues such as. If you need a nudge to help you cut your consumption habits, or want to know more about this fascinating but hidden (to the western world anyway) part of modern life, this is the book for you and you should stop reading this rant now. Oliver Franklin-Wallis wondered what exactly happens to both our rubbish and our recycled rubbish and this is a book of his discoveries.

When the epilogue gently suggests we consume less and be more thoughtful about our waste - I’ve been doing all that for thirty years. This book made me feel bleak, but it did end on a note that did convince me that while our current recycling practices are highly flawed, it’s still the best we got. Rather than sharing my observations about this account, the following passages and quotes from the book may best illustrate my thoughts and the concerns that the author has stirred in this reader. While it's maybe not the cutest topic, it was fascinating to learn about and it's impossible to ignore in the age of increasing climate crisis.

Highly recommended to anyone interested in the workings of the modern world and concerned about its future. I never thought I’d love a book as much as Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter but this is like a much needed update. With this mesmerizing, thought-provoking, and occasionally terrifying investigation, Oliver Franklin-Wallis tells a new story of humanity based on what we leave behind, and along the way, he shares a blueprint for building a healthier, more sustainable world—before we’re all buried in trash. Tirelessly reported, it is a book both horrifying in its implications and gleefully hair-raising in the way it is told. In this book he goes to the municipal waste sites in the UK, to see what the waste industry does with the tonnes of stuff we throw away.

Furthermore, if those who decide the allocations of the real and unreal are cruel, mad or colossally wrong, what then? It’s thought that 25 percent of all clothing made is never sold" but instead thrown away by the companies.

He has appeared on TV, radio and podcasts, including the WIRED podcast, BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, and BBC World Service. Wasteland was conceived when, in the spring of 2019, Franklin-Wallis visited Green Recycling, a “materials recovery facility”, to report on a story for the Guardian about a crisis in the waste industry.planned obsolescence: “We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing rate. Human beings spend so much thought and care and energy on making things, and throw them away without a thought. With his investigative chops and contagious curiosity, Oliver Franklin-Wallis has cracked wide a dozen hidden, jaw-dropping worlds .

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