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Berkeley Man Confronts Consumerism in a Trashy Way

Posted By Dena Fehrenbacher On Dec 30, 2007 @ 8:56 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Berkeley caterer Ari Derfel has saved every piece of trash he has generated in the past twelve months.

All 96 cubic feet of it. And it all sits in his kitchen and living room.

Derfel started this project as a observation of his own consumption habits, but it turned into a statement against consumerism. He will eventually donate the trash to a sculptor to further enhance his statement.


“When we throw something away, what does ‘away’ mean?” Derfel said. “There’s no such thing as ‘away.’”

For Derfel, “away” means his living room.

We applaud Derfel for his clever method in combating consumerism, but we applaud him even more for putting up with what must be an awful stench.

However, others have reacted less enthusiastically to Derfel’s project. He has received endless comments on his blog.


do u have that disease where u can’t throw away ur stuff? or were u doing this as a form of protest? either way, i think u should get urself checked at the doctors

Other commenters have different concerns.


WHAT A WASTE OF TIME…….I WOULD HATE TO LIVE NEXT TO YOU..HOW MANY BUGS DID YOU GENERATE IN YOUR YEAR OF COLLECTING TRASH

To these critics, the Clog says “Pshaaa!” When was the last time they put up with 96 cubic feet of trash in their living room?

It’s no garbage strike – man keeps a year’s worth of trash [SF Gate]
Yes, I really did save my trash for an entire year… [Save Your Trash]


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