How’s that for an eye-catching blog title?
Now, I often receive emails from women who have heard about our Green Garbage Project, and many inquire about garbage-free birth control. You’ll notice that I’ve never discussed this topic at length. I have my own personal reasons for not discussing my reproductive health on the Internet for all to read, so let me simply say this: to those who wonder why I choose a chemical birth control rather than a more natural method, all I will say is that my method is what works best for me, with my lifestyle, at this particular stage in my life. There is no denying that birth control pills cause some environmental problems (and some monthly garbage) but there is also no denying the enviromental impact of a child. Since we are not trying to get pregnant, I choose the method of birth control that works best for me.
To those who find it inappropriate to look at pictures of my birth control pill garbage, like the woman who suggested that if I didn’t find those pictures offensive, neither would I be offended by her suggestion to squeeze a quarter between my legs and shut my mouth as well as my knees, well, you may not want to continue reading this post.
A few weeks back, I received the following email from two lovely ladies:
Amy,I read the article featured on you and your husband back in July in the Willamette Weekly. I live in Portland and greatly admire you and Adam’s quest to reduce your trash, recycle, and creatively reuse.Something in your story particularly caught my eye and got me brainstorming. You had mentioned that you produced more bathroom trash than Adam, particularly for the 12 months of birth control pill packaging. I would like to invite you to look at the project that myself and a friend of mine have created, which has now expanded.http://joshlatham.us/x/joy-underwearWe call it the Underwear Project and we have created art out of 100% birth control pill packaging that has been featured in my friend’s studio and gallery here in Portland. http://www.the100thmonkeystudio.comWe began the project creating 7 pairs of underwear as a representation of 7 days of the week, as a daily reminder of our own sexuality and personal responsibility and commenting on the waste that goes into the packaging of this product. The project expanded to include several participants, as we asked people to either donate their birth control packaging to the studio or create their own underwear out of the packaging. Now we have 20 pairs of underwear and are continuously looking to expand.We would like to invite you to participate in the project, either by creating your own pairs of underwear or donating your packaging to our project. We are looking to enter a women’s art show in November with how ever many underwear we will have by the end of October. Here is the link to this Portland art show.http://www.sirennation.comWe would love to collaborate with you so let us know what you think!