We throw all kinds of things away without really thinking about it. Our ﬁve contributors take a look at where our trash goes, the creative things that people do with it, and even question what it means to throw something away. First a story about small-scale composting and the worms who do it on Stanford campus. Next, a story about what to do with all your old scraps of fabric lying around. Third, a story about how what's left in a city dump can provide inspiration for an art movement. Fourth, stuff for sale, behind the scenes at an estate sale. Last, a short story about bringing a box of forgotten photographs back to life.
Music: Noah Burbank, Japandi, Nimbleweed, Kissing Johnny
When you toss a banana peel into a compost bin, it goes to a huge industrial composting complex. This is a step in the right direction, but some Stanford students say that big-scale composting is overrated. They'd rather watch worms do it themselves.
What to do with all those leftover scraps of fabric? Thousands are left behind from fashion shows, and, without intervention, headed for the landﬁll. One group decided to rescue these scraps and do something better with them.
It's all well and good to intervene before something gets thrown away. But what happens to the stuff you don't save from the dump? It turns out that even then theres'a chance for re-use. Our next story explores the art of the San Francisco Dump.
We tend to think of throwing away as a voluntary act. But this isn't always the case. Estate sales--the garage sales for property that belonged to people who have died--are a perfect example. Our next story takes you behind the scenes and looks at the fascination with the stuff people who have moved on leave behind.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.