scrapemedic, on 18 February 2012 - 16:46, said:
If they are wrong then making people/politicians/countries think twice about what they do to the environment, i.e. by hitting them in the pocket will be no bad thing. A good outcome would be to stem the tide of over-consumerism, and maybe prevent the boom/bust economy that we live in. We don't always need to have "more" or "better" to exist. It would be a good thing if we could learn to live with what we already have, unless of course, "better" reduces pollution or improves on energy consumption.
Either way, it means we are asking the questions, which we weren't in the sixties when energy was thought of as an endless commodity and we though we would all live in an urban utopia. Or the eighties when we were all told we could all have.
We probably recycled more in the sixties than we do now. We didn't even have a bin in our kitchen when I was a kid. There just wasn't enough waste to justify one, Most things were re-used, milk bottles where put on the step, the liner from the corn flakes packet was used to wrap up the sandwiches for school, the vegetable peelings went on the compost, the cola bottles went back to the shop, the brown paper bags the vegetables came in were used to store every thing from spare buttons to seeds for the garden, and we ate everything that we brought or cooked. Clothes were made better and were passed down, and passed down again, then used as cleaning cloths or from re-stuffing the teddy bear. We used probably a third of the electricity that the average household uses today.
We have gotten so used to "convenience" living, that I think we have forgotten what the word convenience means. It did at one time mean having things that could do the jobs we were already doing better, quicker; now it seems to mean doing the things that we can't be bothered to do. Inconvenient things like cook a meal from scratch, because that might mean we have to stand in the kichen for twenty minutes instead of the ten seeconds it takes to stick something in the microwave and throw away the waste that it generates.
We even waste good plastic to throw away the rubbish, just to make it less inconvenient for the bin men to pick it up. Makes no sense really.
The paragraph in boldface is an excellent paragraph, and one which the individual can work towards, rather than always assuming that others will do for you. If one is really serious about being non wasteful, then the home is a good place to start.
All our kitchen scraps goes on the compost heap, what cannot be composted is left under the rook colony tree. I have glass jam jars I have kept for over 20 years. Each year, freshly made homemade jam or chutney gets placed into them and is subsequently consumed. Growing ones own veg means uber-freshness and no road miles. That we cannot grow, we try and buy fresh, and with no packaging if possible.
Before Patrick came along, we could put our two weekly output to the bin men in one supermarket carrier bag. It is a shame that no one has come up with an ethical way of processing used nappies.