The unexpected order in the global "waste" trade—w/ Adam Minter, 
author of Junkyard Planet & SecondThe unexpected order in the global "waste" trade—w/ Adam Minter, 
author of Junkyard Planet & Second
Episode #
149

The unexpected order in the global "waste" trade—w/ Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet & Second

Episode #
149

The unexpected order in the global "waste" trade—w/ Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet & Second

Description

Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at Goodwill? Or where your electronics go once you’ve left them at the recycling center? Yes, some of our excess is exported to emerging markets around the world and either resold or harvested for parts. Is that cool? And what can we do to shop in a way that reduces our environmental impact?

Adam Minter is a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion and the author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade and Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale. Today, Adam joins Ross to explain how being born into a family of junk dealers informed his career as a journalist. He introduces us to what happens when we donate clothing to Goodwill, describing how items are sorted and resold or exported to other markets around the world.

Adam weighs in on why it’s not unethical to send our e-waste to West Africa or resell used car seats in Mexico, challenging us to worry more about the quality of the products we buy and less about where they’re exported when we’re done with them. Listen in for Adam’s insight around the value of mass market collectibles and learn how to shift your consumer thinking from immediate cost to total cost of ownership.

Resources

Purchase Nori Carbon Removals

Nori

Nori on Patreon

Nori Newsletter

Adam at Bloomberg Opinion

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

Scrap Magazine

Speed Queen

Unbundled Airlines on Planet Money EP517

Kelley Blue Book

Patagonia Worn Wear

Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson

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