There is an election going on at the moment here in Australia. The politicians often jump on the environmental bandwagon to win votes. The issues they promise they are going to address when they win are just a drop in the bucket to what really needs doing.
In fact they aren’t prepared to do much at all when it comes to the manufacturing of pointless garbage like…
- the free toys in kids meals and other promotional products
- wasteful single use gadgets
- shoddy appliances that don’t last and can’t be repaired
- Disposable cutlery & plates
- Cheap souvenirs
- The sheer quantity of seasonal decorations
- Gas guzzling cars
- And the over-packaging of most of the above
just to name a few.
Generating manufacturing creates economic wealth and employment regardless of how unnecessary the end resulting items are. So no politician is going to put a stop to any of that. So we will just keep on causing massive pollution until the supply and demand of these products are eliminated. The only thing that is going to have an effect on this is you the consumer.
Supply and demand is just that. If we stop demanding (buying) it they will stop supplying it. It is really that simple. No manufacturer is going to make something that no one is buying. Supply will always be limited to demand and even if that just reduces the quantities supplied it would be a great improvement for the environment.
Think twice about what you are doing with your money and your actions.
- Don’t accept free useless stuff just because it is free
- Avoid using plastic utensils when you are eating out.
- Take a carry bag with you when you go shopping so you don’t have to accept plastic bags
- When buying a new car buy what you need not some gas guzzling monstrosity just because it looks cool
- Use the same decorations year in year out. It is possible to celebrate an occasion without polluting the planet.
- You can julienne vegetables, crush garlic, chop an onion, dice an apple, slice potatoes… with just one gadget, a knife. Sure it might take longer but unless you are running a restaurant kitchen will the time saved really make that much difference.
See what you can do this week to reduce supply and demand. I will keep a track of my efforts and let you know next Sunday how I went.
ITEM 214 OF 365 LESS THINGS