It’s a great idea on the surface: Package your product in paper that can be planted and flowers will sprout in the spring. It’s sweet, endearing even. And who doesn’t love the idea of flowers growing from trash?
Australians, that’s who. And for good reason.
Katy Perry’s newest album, Prism, uses just such packaging and, while the Australian release has locally sourced seeds, Australian authorities have quarantined the international shipments of the albums to make sure that the seeds contained within do not present a problem for potential invasive species."
— Anthropologist Robin Nagle set off to find out the answer to this question and her fantastic TED talk will make you look at the trash collector in a whole new way. What does New York’s trash tell us about humanity, compassion, and valuing work?