Coffeetive Dissonance

“Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in December that Britain had to “stop offshoring our dirt” and deal with its plastic waste at home.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/06/14/china-plastics-ban-malaysia-vietnam-poland/

“However, the reusable version appeared to have been abandoned in favour of a plastic-lined, single-use cup as he gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the work of Defra – including topics such as farming, air quality and post-Brexit plans.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/michael-gove-disposable-coffee-cup-environment-meeting-plastic-pollution-latte-levy-a8396761.html

UK government is committed to personally creating fulfilling jobs for those who deal with its plastic waste.

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Replastic

“Plastic used in the consumer goods industry causes marine pollution … Much of the plastic waste ends up in mid-ocean whirlpools, entangling whales, birds and turtles and damaging the internal organs of the fish that ingest it. … Adidas said it would … develop fibres made from recycled ocean waste for use in its clothing.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/20/us-adidas-environment-idUKKBN0NB0NK20150420)

Consumers were horrified at this shameless attempt to make them rewear their clothes.

Celebrate Earth Day until Fri 24th by keeping good books out of the waste stream — even cheaper reused books from Better World Books.

Bang

“California’s first-in-the-nation state ban on single-use plastic grocery bags … has triggered a harsh reaction from plastic bag manufacturers. … ‘You just take it back to the grocery store and stuff it into a container and it gets recycled,’ said Jon Berrier, a spokesman for the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which is funding the effort to repeal the ban.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/30/us-usa-california-bags-idUKKBN0K81KT20141230)

A berrier for progress?

Gauld

“It is estimated that between now and 2020, Scotland will import £50 million worth of gold through TVs, mobile phones and computers … [which] will potentially be wasted … through disposal.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Striking-gold-from-waste-11ba.aspx)

Most of it will be binned when consumers decide that their cheap tat isn’t shiny enough.

Pulp

“The National Geographic Society (NGS) has begun incorporating recycled fiber in all the pages of National Geographic Magazine … National Geographic’s world-renowned photography is unparalleled—if they can continue to captivate their audience in print by using recycled content, anyone can.” (http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140717.asp)

Recycled content is where publications go astray.

(Gulp)