Former Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman on environmental issues from climate change to composting.
What’s the most ridiculously wasteful plastic product or packaging you’ve seen lately? Perhaps it’s the food containers specially designed to hold a single cupcake. Or maybe it’s the shrink-wrapped coconuts at your local Safeway, or the PVC “inflatable pool bar” that holds four people and all the booze they can drink. Whatever it is, there’s now a place to share your incredulousness with the world: the Plastic Crap Wall of Shame Facebook page. The enterprise was launched by Beth Terry, the writer behind Fake Plastic Fish, a blog that chronicles her never-ending quest to live life without plastic.
Visiting the Wall of Shame is a virtual tour of the worst of our throwaway society. You’ll be amazed and, I hope, disgusted enough to take action: Terry has asked posters on the page to include company contact information so readers can directly tell manufacturers that their wasteful ways are not going unnoticed.
Image from Plastic Crap Wall of Shame.