Fantasy v. Reality

Fantasy v. Reality

By Stephanie Seferian

We Americans are notorious for making our unwanted stuff someone else's problem. Part of the reason has to do with our desire to be altruistic: We tell ourselves we're helping the less fortunate when we pass on our perfectly decent items. But the reality is much bleaker: Both our recently-decluttered donations and our down-and-dirty trash create problems for the people and places that get stuck with our stuff.   Here's a preview of what we're discussing today: [3:00] The literal mountain of clothes in West Africa [7:00] Swirling, soupy, and more than one: Here's what you likely didn't know about the Pacific trash vortex [14:00] Alabama's recent landfill fire [18:00] What's the reality re: America's plastic recyclables? [22:00] You - yes you! - can help. Here's how   -- Join our (free!) community here. Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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