We all need to become more vocal where we see squandering of our resource, I say ‘our’ because when it comes down to resources such as energy, food, etc., it’s something we all expect and need to access within a civilised society.
An un-green scenario – you go shopping. It’s winter, it’s cold, the shop door is wide open, there’s a hot air blower situated above the door which goes some way to maintaining the temperature inside the premises. A marketing stance by the company running the shop, perhaps the company feels that having the door open will automatically bring more people into their shop and increase sales? Yes, the shop could argue it’s their decisions to make, as it’s paying for the heat energy being lost through the open doorway, but it’s a blatant waste of a resource that is polluting and this should not be allowed to happen. With appropriate legislation, is this not something local council could police – they have received new powers recently to impose fines (a horrible situation I know!), but in this instance it could be effective at stopping such waste.
Single use – it’s fair to say that this term has come to symbolise all that’s wrong with our consumerist society. The term single use has come to be associated with coffee shop chains, public pressure is working and these companies are starting to sell reusable cups behind the counter, but again legislation to close the door is needed on single use coffee cups. I was walking around a pharmacy the other day and came across a single use camera. The message here is use it, throw it away, again this should be a no-no for retailers and if legislation is absent, then social media should be used to shame them into action. The tragedy though, is that most of our food and drink packaging is ‘single use’, let us not lose sight of that blaring fact!