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Litter and the economy of waste

In spite of the rubbish, the cygnets are thriving on the Lakes. Photo: Mick. 2015.

In spite of the rubbish, the cygnets are thriving on the Lakes. Photo: Mick. 2015.

Humans excel at figuring out ways to use the resources of Earth, to such a degree that some claim we are reaching peak availability of resources. Peak oil for example. As the human population continues to grow and as large populations in China, India and Brazil join the growing middle class, more and more pressure on the Earth’s resources will result. If everyone were to the live life of abundance like we do in the West, how long would Mother Earth be able to sustain us?

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Who misses out when we share?

Mobilising tiny resources can make a big difference. Photo: Mick, 2015.

Mobilising tiny resources can make a big difference. Easter eggs by my family. Photo: Mick, 2015.

The rise and rise of digital has enabled a new form of value production through the so-called sharing economy. Artisans sell their wares on Etsy, home owners sell their spare room on airbnb, car owners sell trips on Uber, digital workers sell their skills on Elance, creatives have their idea supported by the crowd on Kickstarter. Not all value is about money: the coproduction of Wikipedia delivers information about almost everything, at 97% accuracy.

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