The Waste is your Oyster: A Look into the Chapter “Tapping into Creativity”

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“My bedroom is what some might call a hermit’s dream. I prefer to think of it as a ‘part of Ariel’s world,’ filled with whozits and whatzits galore. My desk is a rainbow collage of old cereal box logos, newspapers, birthday cards, and colorful scraps I’ve carefully pieced and glued together to form a cohesive vintage-esque art piece. Fake flowers dispersed throughout the room are cradled in old Harney & Sons tea tins. My decor even includes an old Soap & Glory gift set box which perfectly complements my aesthetic. Sure, these decorations are not very conventional (most people may prefer to secure their waste-free decorations from a thrift store rather than their trash bin), but the creative liberty I relished while upcycling this space was extremely empowering. Not to mention, in my humble opinion, the end piece is nothing short of an HGTV ad.”

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“she attributes the property of constraint to extract ‘creativity, participation, belonging, and meaning’ from some of the most ingenious people, including Jimi Hendrix, Serena Williams, and Mozart. Jimi Hendrix had only six strings. Serena Williams is restricted to bounds on a tennis court. Mozart’s sheet music had a fixed number of lines and notes.”

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“Reducing waste favors invention and creative expression. Whether that inspiration comes from the reciprocity of our global economy or the comfort of our own local villages, waste-reducing alternatives can be sought far and wide. By busting out our inner Andy Warhols and Michaelangelos we can find the beauty in trash to design a waste-free future.”



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