About Our Trash Backwards App

Find the Joy and Humor in Reducing, Reusing, and Rethinking
Do you want to shift to a life with less plastic and less waste in general? Wondering where to start? Feeling overwhelmed? We’d love to help!

Second Beach © Liesl Clark

We’re the voices behind Trash Backwards, a new web tool that we hope will increase your joy as you reduce your waste. This is a labor of love for us, pursuing lives less plastic and shifting our thinking to see the stuff we’ve got, the things we think we’re done with, as a resource.

After two years of collecting and inventorying plastic litter, teaching, public speaking, hanging gallery shows of reclaimed trash art, running free waste audits, and blogging, we wanted more. Trash Backwards is our answer, a web tool to help us all reduce, reuse, and recycle while we connect with each other. We hope you’ll find our original content and our web app useful, and that you’ll let us know what else you’d like to see in our database.

We’ve learned a lot about how to change our own habits and perspectives over the past three years, and we’d like to offer this bit of advice: Please, don’t try to do everything at once! Choose just one step, the one that seems the easiest or most appealing to you, and give that a try. Adapt our ideas as necessary for your own household and lifestyle and keep at that one first change until it’s second nature, or until you’re excited to add another.

Remember that joy and pride are much better motivating emotions in the long run than guilt and shame. Find one first step solution here that addresses something you’d be happy to change because it’s driving you crazy, or something that you’d be proud to accomplish. Find the joy and humor in taking control of your stuff, and celebrate every little change you make. Over time, these small steps add up and can have a profound positive impact.

Use Trash Backwards to find your next step; pick just one thing to do and enjoy the life that single change brings you. 

Thanks for visiting,

Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller

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