Posted by: David McKay | February 16, 2011

Plateau of Plastic

I have been doing my best to deal with all of the plastic.  Really, I have.  It is so frickin’ difficult to be plastic free.  I can’t do it!  My brain fried itself thinking about it, and I just went into this sort of zombie-like plateau of thought about it all.

I used to drink my coffee black — it was a camping thing, a minimalist thing.  But lately I have taken to having my coffee with cream.  I like it.

But, damn it, I can’t buy a container of half and half without that little plastic screw cap mounted into the cardboard with another piece of plastic.  Why, oh why did this happen?  Those little plastic screw caps are on everything now!  It’s driving me crazy!

Oh, I know, I live in Vermont.  I can just go to a dairy farm and get some fresh cream.  Well, you are right; I could do that.  That takes away from the one-stop shopping kind of thing, though.  Most people do not have the luxury of living next to a dairy farm.  Or a coconut plantation — I recently discovered coconut water, but had to stop for the same unconscionable reason.  Orange plantation?  Nope, don’t live next to one of those, either.  I could squeeze my own, I suppose.  You see where this is going?

So what does the average consumer do about it?  As far as it goes for me, I am going back to drinking my coffee black.  For now.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.


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