Appalled by a throwaway US culture, Amy and Adam Korst have embraced recycling, given up convenience food and boycotted excessive packaging – but cannot persuade their cat to switch to biodegradable kitty litter.
If you want to save the planet, don’t count on your cat. An American couple who set out to live for a year without producing more than a single small carrier bag of rubbish have discovered it’s far, far easier for humans to adapt to a greener way of life than felines.
Appalled by their country’s throwaway culture – the average American throws out about 4.5lbs (2kgs) of rubbish every day – Amy and Adam Korst, a couple living in a small logging town in Oregon, embarked on a personal quest last month to drastically reduce their household rubbish.
“As environmentalists, I feel like we are bombarded by so many different messages: buy local, buy organic, do all these things. And at the end of the day you don’t really see the difference it has made,” said Amy Korst. “But if Adam and I can get our total garbage output down to 5lbs at the end of the year, we’ll have really made a difference.”