To invite thinking about disposability, we asked the house participants to write on a post-it note the name of something non-biodegradable that they had recently disposed of. These post-it notes were then used within the performance:
Later in the event, the online audience were asked to write in the chat something non-biodegradable they’d recently disposed of – and where they thought it might be now.
Biodegradable rubbish “can be broken down, in a reasonable amount of time, into it’s base compounds by micro-organisms and other living things, regardless of what those compounds may be.” (Wikipedia, September 2012). Therefore, NON-biodegradable rubbish consists of things that are NOT broken down by micro-organisms and other living things in a reasonable amount of time. (What is a “reasonable” amount of time? Good question! There’s no right or wrong answer, but perhaps think about how long you’d like to have your rubbish lying around, if you had to dispose of it all in your own garden or immediate neighbourhood).
What’s something non-biodegradable that you’ve recently disposed of – and where do you think it might be now? Tell us in the comments below.