Consumed is a visual documentary project of consumption & waste in America, specifically New York City. New York City aims to be zero waste by 2030.
Consumption is synonymous with western culture. Desires are sold as needs, and the convenience of what is new often proves irresistible to consumers. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash every single day. The global average is almost half of this.
For many people, thinking about the impacts of their own consumption may not be a priority. Yet consumption—and its byproducts—affect every being on the planet. And too often, the most vulnerable are affected first.