Let’s lay the blame for plastic where it belongs

In the bigger scheme of things right now plastic isn’t on top of the list of importance by a long way but a recent announcement from our corporation parading as a government is the bold move where no government has gone before, pardon my cynicism … they’re banning … wait for it …

plastic fruit stickers, cutlery, and cotton buds.

It’s a bit like the recent announcement by Countdown that they’ve stopped stocking plastic straws. (Whilst McDs and friends all continue using them). They are the culprits. It is very difficult not to be cynical at this, when one browses the supermarket, everywhere there is plastic. It is so hypocritical. “Excuse me, please stop using this plastic that we’re manufacturing for you. And please buy these bags we’ve made for you.” Used to be we took our own basket to the supermarket … we’ve come such a long way haven’t we? (Not). And now of course it is all backfiring as there is no other country to dump our consumer trash on any more. It was coming wasn’t it and please don’t try and tell me they didn’t know that.

Let’s be honest and remember why we have plastic bags and wrapping in the first place. Step back a few decades, well four decades actually, and we were all toting our groceries home in paper bags provided by the supermarket (that we all are obliged to pay 25 cents each for now) and our meat was wrapped in paper then newspaper. There simply wasn’t much plastic at all. So why did they replace the paper bags with plastic?

That’s simple. And it wasn’t because our mothers, grandparents or whatever begged them to give us plastic bags. A corporation’s bottom line is profit and cost effectiveness. They achieve that by passing the cost on to us whilst convincing us it was our fault in the first place. Watch The Corporation movie (on the Corporations page) and you’ll see what I mean. It’s cost effective for their pockets not the environment you realize. I recall hearing in the ’80s that corporations would one day be controlling governments. It seemed a far cry and yet here we are and they do exactly that. And so nobody will get tough on corporations and to keep us at bay they feed us little snippets of hope like ‘the straws are going’ … ‘we’re banning supermarket bags’ and so on. Hoping we won’t notice the veggies, the meat everything in fact is packed to the hilt with … plastic. Sadly everybody swallows the spin on it.

Let’s just stop accepting the blame for this. They took away the paper & gave us a ton of free plastic however as we know it isn’t free because it costs the environment but as we also now know corporates are really good at kicking cans down the road then telling us it’s our responsibility to pick up the tab. Where once they washed the glass milk and other bottles they replaced those with plastic. They took away the glass containers with marmite & peanut butter etc that we used to keep & use for drinking glasses  and replaced them with plastic as well. We need to go the way of the Bin Inns and bring our own containers again.

The discussion around this wonderful announcement from Jacinda has brought forth some brilliant ideas. One I really like & am considering practicing is to rip the plastic off the said items after leaving the supermarket & dispose of it in their trash. Send it back to where it came from. Instead currently we are obliged to take it home, wash it once empty, sort it into a dozen different categories & transport it all the way to a recycle center if we do not have a kerbside collection. Talk about sustainable practices. Even though our corporate councils (yes they are listed on Dun & Bradstreet as companies) lay claim to sustainable practices. A few of them do it but not all.

Lip service pretty much is the name of that game.

Here is the Jacinda article:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/118018134/government-moves-to-ban-plastic-fruit-stickers-cutlery-and-cotton-buds?fbclid=IwAR0UbQM3zF2L0woSWl07uDfh_VTZTrQz2BGxB1oF0R5Py-ZP020BtJSwJ_Q

 

RELATED: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/food-news/118610455/mcdonalds-wont-have-recycling-instore-until-2025

 

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10 thoughts on “Let’s lay the blame for plastic where it belongs”

  1. Here’s a different perspective from an Awake (not “woke”) individual who has worked in the food packaging industry since 1984 (in both the marketing and manufacturing sides of things).
    When I first came onboard the industry, paper was big business. Then along came the environmentalists: “stop cutting down the trees…stop dumping arsenic in our waterways” and the real biggie: “Paper doesn’t break down in landfills, we still dig up newspapers from 30 years ago intact!”
    Then came the public demand: “our food is going off too quickly, we want it to sty fresher for longer”
    No matter how much we explained about sustainable forestry etc it made no difference.
    And glass bottles were an environmentalist target too: “Broken bottles littering up our beaches and roads and harming the wildlife!”
    So paper products and glass took a nosedive because the consumers weren’t buying.

    Focus switched to plastic. Because We The People asked for it.

    We even set up recycling codes: I was personally instrumental in that initiative. We did everything in our power to promote responsible recycling initiatives.
    All this change came at a cost. For a while, it paid off.
    Then came the United Nations with their insidious globalist agenda. “Let’s play mayhem with Western Economy!”
    Plastic became the new Environmentalist target of choice, and the same businesses that bent over backwards to change to suit the fickle and easily led public took a real hammering.
    All this has cost profits and more importantly, jobs.
    So, how long before the next back-lash against paper comes around, and what will the consequences be?
    Back to the Stone Age?

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    1. I’m gobsmacked Martin. Paper not breaking down? Very interesting indeed. What stands out particularly is “So paper products and glass took a nosedive because the consumers weren’t buying.” …. surely proves the consumer has sway but I wonder then what has happened now? No sway at all by the looks as the proverbial hole is completely plugged with plastic. Thanks for your insight you prove me wrong 🙂 All said I do get the trees n paper thing but it certainly beats plastic hands down. How long before the plastic breaks down before the paper is far greater. At the end of day has to surely be reusable bags at least. I’m sure they are wrapping far more than needs to be in plastic.

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      1. Yes I agree there is far too much wrapping. Total overkill. Like everything there needs to a point of balance and moderation. Somethings are best in paper or cardboard, some things in plastics: Horses for courses.
        There are a number of solutions to plastic waste. There is biodegradable plastic, which most clients find cost prohibitive despite the industry’s best efforts to promote it.
        There is an enzyme that breaks down the plastic that holds great promise, and most environmentally friendly of all is a mushroom variety that actually feeds on the plastic AND tastes good!
        In terms of recycle and re-use, the plastic can be ground down and put into asphalt roading or molded into cones, barriers, children’s play equipment, you name it.
        The main obstruction to all these disposal and recycle initiatives is (no surprise) the local councils, who pay lip service to recycling but aren’t really interested in any initiative or innovation. Sending it to China was all too easy, and all China did was dump the stuff in the Mariana Trench, b’stards!
        Now China’s closed it’s doors as a plastic dumping ground, and we have to deal with the waste onshore.
        The solutions are there waiting to be used if Local Government will take responsibility.
        In case you’re wondering, within the industry we do send production waste to recycling and we do reclaim and re-use as much plastic as possible. The rest is up to the consumer and the councils.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more with laying the blame for the plastics where it belongs – government and the corporations. Although the NZ consumer who buys bottled water here is part of the problem – first of wall, we don’t need to buy our water, and second, the water bottlers are taking our water for a pittance and turning it into plastic.

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    1. Very true Jo. This is what annoys me most, the assumption folk have that it’s solely our fault. The water one, well that’s a huge issue of itself. What a scam. All that water gone for a song. So wrong.

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      1. I believe the water problem is caused by foreign companies exploiting our failed Resource Management Act and our differences. The government have no desire to fix it because the question then comes up as to who owns the water?
        We could reply that it’s owned by the descendants of the people represented by the man and woman on our coat of arms, it New Zealanders. Then we as New Zealanders can tell the water bottlers to piss off. Or, if they do want our water – we should make them pay a premium for it and stipulate they have to use glass bottles. Then we build NZ owned glass making factories.
        Sigh – dreams are free.

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        1. Failed RMA would be right Jo. I sat in on one of their consent hearings. What a sham. One of the three panel members hearing submissions (2 of the 3 by memory had consultancy businesses on the RMA!) made a Freudian slip & said, ‘When the consents are granted’ … ‘I mean if the consents are granted’ …. said it all for me. Yip dreams are free alright. Your plan isn’t rocket science is it? So something has to be horribly wrong with the whole set up … it’s rigged.

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        2. Yes it is rigged, and only going to get worse as Agenda 2030 progresses. I believe if we are to survive as a nation, Maori and Pakeha will have to stand together against the globalists, despite our differences. I know this is about rubbish and plastics, but the nation being manipulated like this is another form of rubbish!

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