Ava G.

Montréal, Quebec

Fête du patrimoine de Montréal

History of the Garbage Bag

This is the history of the garbage bag, and a brief history of garbage and waste disposal is also included. It also explains what the garbage bag was used for in the past.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was that the garbage was had a strong influence on patients in hospitals. If things weren't sanitary, being treated better wouldn't have been as easy. Another interesting thing is that two teams thought of the same idea at the same time, both in Canada.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Inventing the simplest things like a bag to put away waste and trash can impact the world a lot. If the garbage bag was not invented, there would be trash everywhere, and there would definitely be more sick people. So if you have an idea that would help someone, go for it, even if it is a very simple thing to do.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When the garbage bag was first invented, it was used mostly in hospitals to keep everything sanitary, since there were a lot of diseases. Today, we use the garbage bag everywhere, and we don't have as many disease outbreaks thanks to vaccines. We also use more ways than just garbage bags to properly dispose waste. We have recycling and composting too.