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This artist uses rubbish to reveal our wasteful lifestyles

Photographer Antoine Repessé collected rubbish for four years.

Every milk bottle, cigarette packet and cardboard toilet roll was hoarded in order to one day make an incredible photo series about the amount of waste we produce in our everyday lives.

The results are pretty stunning:

According to Konbini, "Repessé says he wanted to draw people's attention to the quantity of waste today's regular consumer produces, and he figured a visual project might work better when dealing with the uneasy problem of sustainability and waste management."

"We’re often told about the amount of waste we produce, but I think a picture can be more powerful and impactful than a ton of words"
- Antoine Repessé​​

It's not the first time that images of overconsumption have shocked the world: check out our post on the images that helped us to see the impact humans are having on the planet.

We will eventually run out of usable coal, oil, water, clean air, and space to store all of this rubbish that we're producing if we continue along this same path of endless growth. You can't have infinite growth in a finite world.

Here at 1 Million Women we try to encourage people to live a low-carbon lifestyle: consume mindfully, dispose of waste responsibly and encourage other to do the same. More important than this, however, is creating a change in our collective way of thinking: life is more than gain, greed and gold.

Less stuff, more life. Consume with care. Make do and mend.

We're not short of slogans for this new world order, but slogans aren't going to produce change, we are.

What you can do

Could you see yourself living with less stuff in your life? Here's what one member of our community had to say about living a low-impact lifestyle:

"We don't really need that much stuff. We may be forced into thinking that we do, but after this journey I honestly believe that we don't."

But where to start? Waste has become so ingrained into our everyday lives that we often don't see it even when it's in front of our eyes! Start with small actions to make a change in your life.

Cut out the plastic from your life with our toolkit

Do you have a great tip for cutting down waste in your life? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 Million Women is more than our name, it's our goal! We're building a movement of strong, inspirational women acting on climate change by leading low-carbon lives. To make sure that our message has an impact, we need more women adding their voice. We need to be louder. Joining us online means your voice and actions can be counted. We need you.


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