Yes – I’m talking about us. You, me, our children (but not our parents or grandparents).
I can see a real contradiction in today’s society. In the mixed messages we are giving the next generation.
We preach recycling like a religion, and yet the amount of packaging we discard every week is a disgrace. What on earth was going on with Easter egg packaging this year? It seemed more extensive than ever before. Thick cardboard boxes; preformed plastic inner shells that were at least 200% larger than required to hold the egg; accompanying sweets in separate compartments when we can all remember when they used to be encased within the egg.
Imagine a seven year old child. A new brain, just soaking up information from school, tv, books, newspapers etc. This child has, let’s say, six Easter eggs similar to the one I described. All that rubbish to throw away – even if the cardboard does go in the recycling bin. It doesn’t take a superbrain to realise that producing easter egg boxes uses energy! Now, this is confusing. Adults talk about global warming, climate change and preserving energy and resources. They tut, tut and say how worried they are about future generations and the world they’ll grow up in. The seven year old must think – hey – this is my world you’re talking about!
Then we just carry on – chucking things away when they stop working, and produce everyday items with so much packaging we need two wheelie bins and two smaller containers to fit all the family’s rubbish and recycling in each week.
I can remember when I was a child we only had a single metal dustbin – and that wasn’t full most weeks.
Our seven year old must be very confused. Adults are saying one thing and then doing the complete opposite and it’s obvious in everything around them.
My tumble drier door broke this week. The machine is only about 3 years old. It can’t be repaired and a replacement part costs 75% of the cost of the original appliance! I found myself saying “oh, let’s just get another one and take it up the tip”.
This is absolutely disgraceful. This is only my second ever tumble drier. The first one, bought in 1979, lasted nearly twenty-five years – it had new seals, a new control panel and only ever broke down once before the casing went rusty and it looked really skanky in my nice new utility room! It was actually still working perfectly well when we gave it to my sister-in-law’s parents and they kept it in an outhouse.
What happened to mending and repairing? My dad was always trying to mend things – as was my grandad. It was unheard of to chuck things out if they could be repaired. So much nowadays can’t be repaired or reused. An example is electrical plugs. An appliance now comes (heavily packaged) complete with a plug. Whatever happened to re-using old plugs? There’s just no point now, so they get chucked out when the appliance fails, along with the appliance.
So our fictitious seven-year old grows up not even knowing how to change a plug.
So come on bloggers – let’s come up with some ideas for saving the planet for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
My idea for starters is to start selling appliances without plugs again.