Saturday, February 9, 2008

I worry about things.

The average person in America produces twice as much trash as they did just thirty years ago. The piles and piles pile up. Look at the packaging of a package of Hostess cupcakes. A plastic wrapper and cupcakes nestled in little plastic cocoons. We don't even drink water that isn't packaged anymore. None of this plastic ever disappears. I read that the exfolliating soaps people use have led to trillions and trillions of microscopic-sized pellets in the seas. Plankton consume these pellets. Fish eat plankton. We eat fish. And trillions of microscopic exfolliating plastic pellets enter our food supply.

This is the Biblical Tower of Babel. A mass of hubris spread over the planet. It will bury us.

We are consuming ourselves. Shopito ergo sum.

1 comment:

Tore Claesson said...

we eat modest portions of food in my house. we cook more than we eat of course, but not that much more. the kids are not big eaters, other than cookies. somehow we produce far more garbage than i ever recall carrying home from the stores?
I guess i mostly buy waste. Waste that increases in size after a visit in the fridge or where ever we put what we purchase.