Bhutan
From 2012-16, Live Debris artist Taylor Cass Talbott worked for the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI), a Bhutanese Civil Society Organization based in SE Bhutan. Taylor’s Master’s research in Bhutan found that mainstream sanitation education was stigmatizing waste, waste workers, and the poor in ways that discouraged waste reduction and tolerance. Thus, she developed SJI’s Zero Waste Program to take a different approach, demonstrating the value of waste and waste workers as a strategy for promoting waste recovery-based livelihoods and engaging the region to think creatively about the impacts of modern consumerism on social, physical and mental health. The program works in collaboration with local government, schools, institutions and communities and has become a regional model for waste reduction. It includes the grassroots development of waste reduction systems in Eastern Bhutan, major community engagement events and design competitions, community-led campaigns for eliminating the usage of certain disposables, the design of new reuse weaving techniques and products and the establishment of Zero Waste Craft Groups, extensive regional training, youth employment opportunities, and the development of curricula and knowledge products that are now used across Bhutan to promote socially-inclusive waste reduction efforts. The project was awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” for its “innovative approach to waste management” by the Minister of Works and Human Settlement, Lyonpo Dorji Choden, on October 24, 2014. See below some of Taylor's contributions, and visit www.sji.bt for more information.
Zero Waste Manual
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
2012-2016

Creative Ethnography
2013

Beyond the Dust Bin: Bhutan's Changing Values of Waste and Want. Master's Thesis.
2013
Zero Waste Program summary and recommendations
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
2016
Informal or Formal, Waste Recovery in Bhutan is an Uphill Climb
Article for the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers
August, 2016
Dewathang's Zero Waste Craft Group case study
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
2016
Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
2014
Posters
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
2013-16