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Throwaway - the history of a modern crisis


Main stakeholder

House of European History



16 August 2023 - 14 January 2024




Dutch, English, French, German


’Throwaway’’ is a project that unearths the hidden history of waste in Europe while simultaneously highlighting its significance as a marker of social change. Starting with the industrial revolution, ‘’Throwaway’’ brings us on a journey through wartime scarcity, the surge in post-war consumerism, and finishes with today’s insurmountable waste crisis. It displays the profound changes in how we have dealt with rubbish in bygone years, and the way we think, or don’t think about waste. By looking at the past, it makes current criticisms and the resounding calls for change relevant and meaningful. The ’’Throwaway’’ project includes an exhibition in Brussels, a digital platform (https://throwaway-history.eu/en), a publication and a programme of activities.

Thematic focus

Environmental History

Cultural History

Political History

Social History

Transnational History

Museums, Memorials and Exhibitions

Multi-Perspectivity in History Teaching

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