Muda No More

Jul 1

Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.

- Henry Ford

Hello world! Hate waste with me.

In the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro’s character tells his son, “the saddest thing in life is wasted talent” (watch clip). I’m not sure it’s the saddest thing in life, but I find waste of all forms to be pretty sad. Time. Effort. Resources. Motion. Money. Breath. Energy. Opportunity. We all often waste these things and more. And while I’m certainly guilty at times, I try to keep an eye out for ways to work and live more efficiently.

My hope with this blog is to begin a dialogue on waste across a range of topics. How we create. How we consume. How we communicate. How we spend. How we work. How we live. Example high-level subjects include Collaborative Consumption, Lean Startups, Sustainable Energy, and Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. With this goal in mind, I plan to share general thoughts from my work and daily life, tips and tools for identifying and reducing waste, links to interesting articles and other media I come across, and more.

It turns out that NYC recycling isn’t as easy as “newspapers go here” and “soup cans go there.” After looking over this list, I found out that milk cartons go into the plastic and glass bin, not the cardboard and paper bin. Doh! I just signed up for the NYC Apartment Building Recycling Initiative. Stay tuned.