Today I was walking by a construction waste container, mainly filled with old interior decoration. I could also spy a Microwave and a pretty modern printer in there. I decided to look deep between the old wooden pallets and there it was: A 1985 IBM Model M keyboard. Sad to see it broken, as it probably was totally ok before it was dumped into that container. I will now try to restore this thing to its former glory. Funny how people throw this away as it’s worth about USD 50 in working condition.
Society produces lots of waste. We’re all part of the problem. If you went back a 150 years, you’d find that the waste stream contained mainly of natural products so it would be paper, wood products, animal products, wool - the fibres cotton [and] wool were all naturally produced. What’s happened in that intervening time - a 150 years - is that the waste stream has become progressively more toxic. So we’ve seen increasing levels of heavy metals, radioactive substances, synthetic plastics… So 150 years ago, you could’ve taken the waste stream, you could’ve stuck it in a hole in the ground, and it would have rotted, and there would not have been any long term consequences. Now, if you want to go looking at a modern waste stream, you need to be very careful, they’re actually quite poisonous.
Professor Vyvyan Howard, Professor of Bioimaging and a toxico-pathologist quoted in Jeremy Iron’s 2012 documentary Trashed.
While a caffeinated workforce is generally a happy one, it may not be
an efficient one — at least, not from a planetary point of view,
according to the German city of Hamburg. As part of a wider effort to
reduce waste and energy consumption, Hamburg has banned the use of
coffee pods in government-run buildings, offices and institutions like
schools and universities.
Love them or hate them, single-use
coffee capsules are a quick way to brew a reasonable cup of coffee, and
Germans use roughly 3 billion pods a year. But Hamburg’s Department for
the Environment and Energy argues that coffee pods cause “unnecessary
resource consumption and waste generation,” and “often contain polluting
To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption.
Boy oh boy….living in nature can be really gross. I suggest these people contact the closest lion in the wilderness they live in and ask him where he shops to make sure that the next animal they buy to eat has been properly removed of all the blood, guts, shit, intensitines, and all of the other icky stuff that would disgust any genetic obligate meat eating animal in the circle of life.