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December 31, 2007

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haha, great reactions.. the same as me reading this post :)
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Excelente artículo! un poco antiguo pero aun asi muy bueno!
Digan asi con el blog, un saludo desde Perú

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Impresive to see that you have a great succes with that.

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you put this in a funny way, WOW,Thanks and Oops, jajajaja, with this anyone can take any problem and expose without a consequences, well not all but yes the most of then.

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WOW... it's a great post. :)
THANKS.. for sharing your thoughts on every post you did.. :)
OPPPSSS.. I'm waiting for more..
and ONE MORE THING.. Keep it up.. ;)

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vykky

lets throw mary and her flashdance comforter on the pile too. patrick swayze much?

Lizzi

As always, I am extremely proud to be your friend. This trash-thing may have put you on the map globally, but you are absolutely inspiring all the time, in everything you do; I can't wait for the world to learn more about you, Artie!

Tyler Blank

Hello Freaky Friend,

What I'm curious about are the hard Facts:

Just how Many chocolate wrappers are in there? And pretzels? Come on, how many bags DID you eat?

How many toilet paper rolls did you go through?

This is important information...
How else can we budget for the coming year?

Thank you for your efforts so that we may understand just how much trash we produce (even though I know how extremely diligent you were about reducing your waste... and not just because you had to live with it for a year!)

Blessings...

LongT

Trash Guy; I saw the followup video report on ABC today where you read my blog in the report. Just wanted you to know that it was just my attempt at little humor. I really did at first think here is one of those pack rat people that can't throw anything away. No dig intended. Good luck!

Billlie

Great project! Please share more ideas for us to use in our homes. I am challenged to reduce our waste as well. Thanks.

Billlie

Great project! Please share more ideas for us to use in our homes. I am challenged to reduce our waste as well. Thanks.

Mimi

To address the question about bottled water, please go to this website...
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/features-message-in-a-bottle.html

It really explains well why buying bottled water is hurting our planet and our neighbors.

Good for you, Ari, for doing this and making people aware that there is no "away"!

Krisco

Great political statement and hard to do from a personal standpoint, so good for you!

As someone who has been blogging for two years, a bit of advice: blogs don't need to be perfect. That's their beauty. Don't worry about editing everything perfectly - just throw some pictures up here! You can always add more verbal content later. Trust me, we all want to see it.

Krisco

Great political statement and hard to do from a personal standpoint, so good for you!

As someone who has been blogging for two years, a bit of advice: blogs don't need to be perfect. That's their beauty. Don't worry about editing everything perfectly - just throw some pictures up here! You can always add more verbal content later. Trust me, we all want to see it.

Rhea

A great idea. I hope we can all learn something from this. But it must stink!

Vicky

Thank you for doing this project. I liked your perceptive and thoughtful comments and I'm heartened to know that you and others are mindful of what we consume and throw "away."

Kind regards.
Vicky
Baltimore

Mary

Can you add vykky ebner to you garbage pile for saying wicked cool? It made me want to get out my Flashdance comforter.

Good job though. I have almost no garbage waste. I recycle EVERYTHING. Thanks for spreading the word!

Green in Oregon! (redundant huh?)

Heather

I think you project is a great one, it gives a visual for all of us visual types to see that trash doesn't magically disappear when we put in in the trash can.

I'm curious how much you'd have left if you recycled all the recyclables (such as the ice cream containers, egg cartons, etc.) and donated all the reusables (such as the bike locks).

I think you already did really well reducing the amount of garbage you produce. Keep up the good work!

Bill Morris

Awesome !! I can't believe the trash I throw away. So much Damb packaging, plastic this, plastic that. Boxes, newspapers, leftover food. All I can say is great job. Let people say what they want, but, it does sometimes take others to go to these measures to make the rest of us see how wasteful we really are. THANKS AGAIN

John Trosko

Ari,

I found your project on CNN.com-- what a story. I agree with many of the comments above. Most interestingly enough, you seemed to not generate too much trash. I seem to generate much more than you, for some reason. I also too wonder about the hygenic effects of the collection, like egg containers (even though your diet is mainly vegetarian). And the smell, too. I haven't fully surfed your site yet to see if you washed out containers (and those embarrassing items)-- that will be surprising when I find out more.

Very good points you make! Great comments!

- John

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