Waste Not Get Not

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Aaron Archer

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"Waste Not, Get Not"

In "Waste not, Want not" Bill McKibben argues against our excessive hyper

consumerism and suggests a "return to the frugality of simpler times." He offers that we can

either hang onto the status quo of Costco size living or instead go to a retro post-waste living

style. While McKibben may be correct that our American materialistic thinking can be the

cause of unnecessary simple waste such as disposable products and outdated technology, he is

too overzealous in his thinking. There is a fine line between simply wasting materials and food

for no reason, and putting them to good use to either enhance or maintain our style of modern

living. McKibben wrongly defines his idea of "waste", in which he included people wasting

their life for a cause that isn't his, and technological achievements in our quickly advancing

world. McKibben is wrong, these do not define as waste, but instead freedom to do as you

please and progress for our species. Hyper consumerism is not a terrible thing if it is pushing

developers to produce superior and more efficient technology.

Countless items are discarded everyday, most people do not really stop and think to see

if they can recycle an item, or donate it to an organization that can give it to someone who will

appreciate it. This is the simple waste that I agree with McKibben should be processed, spared

for later usage, and re-consumed, if not used at all. McKibben describes a man named Chris

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Jordan who is the "photographer laureate of waste," Jordan recently executed a project that

projected astonishing numbers of simple everyday waste that is unacceptable and

dumbfounding. A few of the numbers he ran out were " The...