Trash Compare: Backpacking Versus Taco Bell
On this blog I’ve done season compares. Here’s something new– A trash compare! Last week, Ryan Somma and I went on a 30.2 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. That meant Thursday, Friday and Saturday we carried our room and board, our food, our entertainment… and our trash. When you are backpacking, you are conscious of weights and you try to keep the things you carry at a minimum. Trash is no exception.
On the left is the waste from the backpacking trip. This includes trash from three breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and daily snacks. It also includes debris from hygiene activities and some pieces of litter we picked up off the trail.
On the right– the waste from our dinner last night. We had Taco Bell and treated ourselves to homemade sundaes. The paper towels were from an unfortunate incident when I dropped my bowl of ice cream in the living room.
I suppose I could have compacted the Taco Bell trash more– perhaps storing the paper towels inside one of the Taco Bell containers. Nonetheless, I believe it is safe to say this one meal generated quite a bit of trash compared to eight on the trail.
Though I do have to say after 30.2 miles, that one trash-filled meal was incredibly satisfying.
Particularly the cold ice cream. 🙂