How does analyzing our garbage reveal the kind of persons we are?

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Our garbage can tell us a great deal about ourselves.  Some examples of what it can tell us are:

  • How traditional we are.  If there are a lot of boxes from things like instant foods, we can tell that we are not traditional people who tend to cook from scratch.
  • How "green" we are.  This is particularly true in places where recycling is available.  If we are throwing out large amounts of things that could be recycled, we clearly are not very "green."
  • How frugal we are.  If we are throwing out things that could still be used, or if we are throwing away food that could still have been eaten, it is clear that we are not particularly frugal.  The same would be true if we are buying a lot of expensive things and throwing away the packaging.
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