Thursday, August 19, 2010


This struck me as so ironic I had to write a blog post about it. The other day I was opening up a small bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans and noticed a curious looking diagram at the top of the wrapper.

Upon closer inspection I realized it was a drawing of a little creature (possibly a human that has eaten too many Jelly Belly jelly beans and enjoys wearing big ear muffs) throwing something into a small bucket, with the caption: “DO NOT LITTER”.

Seeing as these Jelly Belly jelly beans were sold in America, where littering is not only looked down upon by society but also a crime, it makes sense that Jelly Belly would be so keen on encouraging people properly dispose of their trash. But, seeing as I was in the bush in Senegal, this diagram struck me as so ironic because not only is littering as common as trips to the bathroom when you have a GI-tract issue here, but it’s even encouraged. Throwing your trash on the ground is the only way to dispose of it here and the concept of holding onto your trash until you find a garbage can is so foreign (and futile) that I’ve gotten scolded before by Senegalese people for not throwing a wrapper on the ground right when I’m done with it. If Jelly Belly starts marketing their beans in Senegal I’ll make sure to apply to their marketing division so I can tell them to not waste their ink and effort on printing the “DO NOT LITTER” diagram on their wrappers.


  1. hahah. how interesting! But how does trash get cleaned up in Senagal? Is it just trashy/dirty everywhere then?

  2. trash is swept up in people's compounds and then dumped out back behind their compounds. a lot of it is burned, but a lot of it is just laying around, being blown around by the wind, etc.