WORD OF THE WEEK – RUBBISH!

May 6th, 2010, posted by Shore Crew Tags: Waste, Word of the Week

Rubbish. Waste. Litter. Trash. Refuse. Junk. Garbage. Debris. Whatever you call it it’s a problem for us all and it’s getting worse.

We are producing waste at a rate that we cannot sustain. Landfills are over flowing with debris that will be on our planet for hundreds of years if not forever. It just doesn’t add up and if we don’t start re-thinking waste soon it might just be too late, we’ve already seen what has happened to our oceans which have become out-of-sight out-of-mind garbage patches!

Get involved and tell us: what do you think is so mindlessly rubbish about waste? What rubbish ways do we deal with waste that we need to change? What rubbish designs and usage of materials do you think need an outright ban? Come on get it off you chest and have a good old vent and moan – we want to hear it so add your comments below.

And so we don’t all get too disheartened, we also want to hear about any great waste tackling initiatives or innovative design that you’ve seen, heard about or are involved in. And if you’ve got a great idea or product and need some extra help why not enter the Myoo Create Beat Waste Challenge.

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  1. Karen Morgan says:

    I love that one of the synonyms for “rubbish” is also “bullshit,” which is the perfect definition for the way we view the waste of our daily lives: our current practices for disposing of waste are, in short, bullshit.

    Since I’ve actively begun to recycle as much of my daily garbage as possible, I’ve realized that 3/4 of it is recycled and 1/4 of it goes to the dump, which is a very significant change for a single person. Imagine if we all consciously began to break down all our cereal boxes and recycled them along with the plastic liners that fill those boxes; the cardboard box that packaged that new tube of lipstick; the plastic and glass containers that brought our yogurts and cheeses home from the store? I could go on, but I think we all get the point. More than half of our lives is in fact recyclable.

    It comes down to really consciously wanting to make the changes and coming from someone like me, the time is nigh that we all wake up to the fact that if we don’t make the changes now, we are endangering the lives of our future generations.

    The latest studies are proving that one of the contributing factors to auto-immune disorders, including aspergers syndrome, autism, ADD, ADHD, celiac disease (which I have and has made me and millions more allergic to gluten) are the toxic by-products of plastic. Ironically, the treatments that garner the greatest results for all of these disorders, as well as cancer, is in fact a gluten free diet. Cancer studies have shown that patients placed on a gluten free diet have a 50% increased chance of survival. The health care costs alone should give each and every one of you pause. The link has been made and the only way we can quell these monstrous afflictions is by eliminating the causing factors. This means eliminating as much plastic from our lives as possible.

    This means properly disposing of your Teflon lined pans, recycle your plastic food storage containers, and when at the grocery store, if you didn’t bring your canvas bag, and you are asked for paper or plastic, be sure to glance over at the pregnant woman standing behind you and ask: what will be the best decision for that unborn baby?

  2. Karen Morgan says:

    I love that one of the synonyms for “rubbish” is “bullshit,” which is the perfect definition for the way we currently view the disposal of waste in our daily lives.

    Having recently begun to recycle as much of my garbage as possible, I’ve made the stark realization that 3/4 of it is in fact recycled and only 1/4 of it goes to the dump. This is a significant change for a single person, so just imagine the reduction of waste if all of us began to recycle more. Imagine if we all began to break down and recycle all our cereal boxes and the plastic liners that fill them; the little cardboard box that packaged that new tube of lipstick; the glass and plastic containers that brought all our yogurts and cheeses home from the grocery store? I could go on, but I think we all get the point. More than half of our lives is in fact recyclable.

    Naturally, like all change, you have to really want it in order to make it occur, and coming from someone like me, the time is nigh that we all wake up to the fact that the we must band together to make these changes a reality. We must begin to eliminate as much plastic from our lives as possible.

    The latest studies have shown that the toxic by-products of plastic are one of the leading causes of auto-immune disorders, such as aspergers syndrome, autism, ADD, ADHD, celiac disease (which I have and affects millions more worldwide, making us allergic to the wheat protein, gluten). Ironically, the leading treatment for most of theses disorders, including cancer patients, is a gluten free diet. Recent cancer studies have shown that patients placed on a gluten free diet during treatment have a markedly increased chance of survival. Think about that. The health care costs alone should give each and every one of you pause.

    This being said, I firmly believe that all plastic bags should be done away with and made illegal. Or as we say in Texas, outlawed. I also strongly suggest that everyone should properly dispose of their Teflon pans and recycle all of their plastic food storage containers and replace them with glass.

    And the next time you are at the grocery store, if you don’t have your canvas bags with you, and you are asked for either paper or plastic, make sure you look back at the pregnant woman standing adjacent to you and ask yourself, what is the best decision for that unborn baby?

  3. Morten says:

    What provokes me the most is when people throw wrapping paper, bottles and all sorts of rubbish on the ground. Without a thought in their mind they just eat their burgers or chocolate or whatever, and then just throw the waste away on the ground. I’m not 40 yet, but it must be at least 25 years since I last threw away anything outside a proper receptacle. Just last week someone had gone past where I live, and with a pad of yellow “Post-it” notes in hand the person had thrown one sheet about every 5 meters. Imagine what this person must have been thinking! It just blows my mind! If I had seen the person who had done it I probably would have… Well, I won’t go into detail. Littering is one of the most mindless and selfish acts people do on a daily basis, in my opinion… You’re seldom more than 5 minutes away from a trash can. Stop the littering!

  4. Ryan Elizabeth says:

    I think, what aggravates me the most is the idea of a landfill. Burying waste is absolutely absurd!!! Why bury something when you could reuse it, recycle it, or burn it (in a safe, environmentally sound way) to create energy?! We exist in this throwaway culture and that idea needs to stop perpetuating.

    That being said, I think that there are a few plastics that could be eliminated from the grand scheme of things. Polystyrene and #7 are trouble-makers and completely useless. Since we now have the ability to make packing peanuts out of biodegradable materials, what is the use of Styrofoam peanuts?! Or Styrofoam containers, for that matter…

    Fortunately, there are some awesome developments I’ve noticed regarding plastic packaging and it makes me truly happy. Until weeks ago I had no idea that people made cloth sandwich bags! It’s the little things that make so much of a difference! :-)

    -Ryan E. :-)

  5. Ashley says:

    A few years ago I was apart of an advisary group for my municipal government. One issue brought before the board was about trash. It turned out that the people responsible for picking up all the trash were experiencing back problems from the emmense weight of the trash. The city thought that the “best” way to solve this problem was to buy garbage trucks with arms to pick up the trash so the workers don’t have to. I was so outraged. The problem is too much garbage so to me the obvious solution would be to not produce so much garbage. I pointed out that our landfill is almost full and our recycling program is basically non-existant so why adopt a bandaid solution when the problem can be solved. Unfortunately my words fell on deaf ears we got the new trucks and there are plans to dig a new landfill. When it comes to Climate Change some one needs to lead the way and I used to think it would be those the people chose to lead our communities, but maybe it is someone else.