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On the face of it, selecting photographer Chris Jordan as the keynote speaker for the Greener Gadgets Conference may seem like an odd choice...until you get a look at his work. He's best known in the green world for his collection Running the Numbers, which attempts to show the results of our country's addiction to mass consumption.
"You can't go see the total amount of garbage we generate every day because it's divided out all over the country," Jordan told the sellout crowd of 400+ at the Greener Gadgets Conference. "I've devoted the last five years of my life documenting the detritus of our consumer culture and mass consumption".
Jordan combines photography with some deft Photoshop work to build up giant images showing the number of items Americans use in a certain period of time. Some of the images he's put together include the:
410,000 paper cups used every 15 minutes
2,000,000 plastic beverage bottles used every 15 minutes
11,000 commercial flights every 8 hours
426,000 cell phones "retired" every day
1,140,000 brown paper supermarket bags used every hour
106,000 aluminum cans used every 30 seconds
60,000 plastic bags used every five seconds
15,000,000 sheets of office paper every five minutes
38,000 shipping containers, the number processed through American ports every 12 hours