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What A Load Of Rubbish! Man Collects Four-Years-Worth Of Litter To Show How Much We Waste

Think you're pretty eco-friendly? This guy collected four year's of rubbish to show us how much we throw away...

In the UK, we like to think of ourselves as a pretty green, eco-friendly bunch.

We have recycling boxes and clothing banks, some of us even have little bins in the corner of the kitchen especially for our waste food.

All of this rubbish collecting and recycling can make us forget however, that over the space of 365 days, we each go through a mind-blowing amount of materials.

When photographer Antoine Repessé began to think about this fact, he realised that our waste would be a pretty powerful to see in one frame.

Using this thinking he created a pretty amazing project, by keeping all the trash he’d throw away for one whole year.

The artist, with the help of friends and coworkers, collected four years of waste (around 70 cubic meters) and filled his flat with the rubbish for a photo series named #365 Unpacked.

“We’re often told about the quantity of waste we produce, but I think the impact of pictures can be much powerful than words,” says Repessé.

“From all the paper we throw away through discarding each days newspaper, to the thousands of plastic shampoo and cleaning products that we routinely buy week on week”

“I was interested in how an object can loose its singularity when you don’t use it as something single but as a part of something massive.”

“If you use the same shape so many times it becomes something very different from what it was before.”

These photos leave you feeling disgusted, but also slightly in awe at the sight of four year’s worth of rubbish.

From all the paper we throw away through discarding each days newspaper, to the thousands of plastic shampoo and cleaning products that we routinely buy week on week, all of this packaging in one shot poses the question as to whether it’s all really necessary.

Next time we undo a package or throw away a pizza box, we’ll definitely now think about where it’ll end up and whether we needed it at all.

Check out more photos from the project below!

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