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American wears his 30-day trash on his back to fight overeating – Science et Avenir

Rob Greenfield strides heavily through the chic streets of Beverly Hills, crumbling under the almost 30kg of waste he has carefully stored in his see-through plastic suit since the beginning of his educational project.

“For most of us, trash is out of sight, out of memory. We throw it in the trash and never think about it again. I wanted to find a visual way to help people really understand what our accumulated garbage is,” the environmental activist explains to AFP.

Environmental activist Rob Greenfield carries the waste he produced for thirty days through the streets of Beverly Hills on May 16, 2022 in California (AFP – Robin Beck)

As part of his task, he decided to carry all the garbage he produces with him for a whole month, walking the streets of Los Angeles to attract the attention of those who meet him.

Almost at the end of his experiment, Rob Greenfield carries around 28 kg of waste, mostly packages, placed in huge pockets placed on his limbs, stomach and back.

His legs are so full that they give him a robotic gait, an effect heightened by the metallic sound of empty cans clinking as he walks past a luxury boutique.

Environmental activist Rob Greenfield carries the waste he produced for thirty days through the streets of Beverly Hills on May 16, 2022 in California (AFP - Robin Beck)Environmental activist Rob Greenfield carries the waste he produced for thirty days through the streets of Beverly Hills on May 16, 2022 in California (AFP – Robin Beck)

“On average, a person creates more than two kilograms of waste per day, so the suit must withstand a lot of weight,” explains the environmentalist.

“About the twelfth day, I began to feel the weight of consumerism. I felt the weight, also saw the result, and said to myself + wow, this is crazy how much garbage we collect +,” he launches.

The young man, who prides himself on having only 44 everyday items, is usually the cantor of minimalism and gives advice on the Internet to consume and pollute as little as possible.

In 2019, he fed himself for a whole year, buying nothing commercially, content to grow and harvest everything he ate.

But for the purposes of an experiment he was already running in New York in 2016, he set aside his principles for thirty days to act like the average American.

Environmental activist Rob Greenfield carries the waste he produced for thirty days through the streets of Beverly Hills on May 16, 2022 in California (AFP - Robin Beck)Environmental activist Rob Greenfield carries the waste he produced for thirty days through the streets of Beverly Hills on May 16, 2022 in California (AFP – Robin Beck)

With his clothes and the smile he always wears, Rob easily captures the attention of passers-by and satisfies their curiosity about the values ​​he wants to promote.

“People understand the message and that helps me reach all categories of people. So yes, some people believe that I am homeless or that I have mental problems, but in general people were very positive, ”he assures.

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