McDonalds Takeout Garbage

Paradigm Shift: Fast Food Garbage

Paradigm: A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Trick Question

What is wrong with this picture?

McDonalds Takeout Garbage

There is nothing particularly odd about this picture. It’s not photoshopped and nothing is misplaced or added. In fact, it’s probably a scene you see quite regularly.

Let me represent the information in the photo in another way.

Take a look at the list below, then answer the question: What is wrong this picture?


1 x burger

1 x large fries

1 x medium pop


1 x paper take-out bag

5 x  napkins

1 x cardboard fry holder

1 x waxed paper drink cup

1 x plastic drink cap

1 x plastic straw

1 x carbon paper receipt

2 x  paper mini ketchup cups

1 x cardboard burger box

1 x paper burger wrap

Why have we allowed ourselves to accept 16 pieces of garbage as the norm for 3 units of food?

We are killing ourselves and our environment in the name of excessive convenience and sanitation.

This is a reflection of our values. This is a reflection of ourselves.

Convenience and sanitation is king.


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Leo is passionate about connecting people through shared values and interests, and empowering future leaders. He is the Founder of CoFit Movement and Director of Community at SOGO Fitness. An aspiring hyper-polyglot, he heads Tokyo Trilinguals and speaks five languages. Although eclectic in his interests, he is most inspired when writing, teaching and creating. He is most at peace when cleaning, gazing up at the night sky and around the colour blue. Born and raised a second-generation Japanese-Canadian, he calls Vancouver home and is currently based in Tokyo.

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