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. See below a few of Taylor's contributions, and visit or contact Taylor for more information:
Zero Waste Manual
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
Beyond the Dust Bin: Bhutan's Changing Values of Waste and Want. Master's Thesis.
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
Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative