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My laptop died, so I headed to Sawyer Library in search of a replacement laptop, a much needed item in this COVID time. With only a select few stores open and selling electronics and with no inventory due to manufacturing restrictions, I was forced into the possibility of borrowing one from the library. Passing through security, I noticed that Tom, who said he never left, still collects the university's newspapers, which are piling up. The newspapers behind him belong to other depts. on campus. Meanwhile, the library's newspapers sit in buckets around the corner waiting to be claimed. I call these piles "Fort COVID".
Wasteful. Toxic. Sad. This pandemic has created an enormous amount of waste and added to an already toxic environment. I read that 70-80% of our illness comes from toxins in the home, mostly chemicals from synthetics and other products used to build and clean homes. Since the pandemic, I have not used one iota of hand sanitizer or any other cleaning chemical. Basic soap and water are a man's best friend. How many trees have been destroyed to create these newspapers that not one person has or will read? How many chemicals were used to manufacture the paper? How much water did we contaminate? How much waste in general has been created from this pandemic? Wasteful. Toxic. Sad.
Photograph @ Suffolk University, 73 Tremont

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