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Back In My Day…

"Food is a Weapon - Don't Waste it" ...
“Food is a Weapon – Don’t Waste it” – NARA – 513830 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have noticed and even been involved of late with this new “revolution” to try and educate people on food waste, how it can be avoided in the first place and if you do have food waste how can it be responsibly recycled.  In the last couple of weeks through various meetings and workshops I have realised this is certainly not a new “revolution”.  I guess I take it for granted because I have always been quite mindful of waste and things like food scraps I have always placed in my kerbside organics collection, composted, placed in the worm farm or even given to our animals.  What I have come across and would like to share are the most gorgeous vintage posters.

These posters were around during the period of WWI and WWII, when rationing was a part of everyday life.  Hence the title of this blog “Back In My Day…”.  I can just hear my grandparents saying this now as we take on this issue as if it has never been addressed before.  It just goes to show we can learn a lot from our elders.

If you would like to see the many posters that were designed around this time just Google “vintage food waste posters”.  Although they had a serious message some are quite funny in this day and age (in the sense of the roles that men and women had in society at the time).

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What a Productive Weekend…

Had a big clean up this weekend.  The weather was just perfect for getting out in the garden and getting a few household chores done.

With the lawns mowed I decided to sort the cans and bottles and take them down to the recycling centre.  Made myself $47 to go spend down at the hardware/garden centre.  Needed some supplies to pot some plants up (including the lemon tree which Diesel liked).

While I was down at the hardware/garden centre I took advantage of the light globe recycling.  ZeroWaste SA state that this program “…ensures that globes will be recycled instead of going to landfill and prevents mercury contained in some globes from harming the environment”.

So while I was in the recycling mood I dropped off a few bags of clothing to the Lifeline bin.  Of course I put aside a couple of t-shirts to make myself a few more t-shirt bags.

Recycling and reusing was really the theme for the weekend.  I had realised how much I do recycle and reuse.  My yellow recycling bin is almost full for the fortnight (lucky it gets collected on Wednesday).  The green organic bin is also just about full.  Unfortunately for that bin I’ll have to wait another week.  Oh well perhaps I can take it easy on the weeding for the next week.  However I’m sure I will find plenty to do.

Books that may be of interest to keen recyclers and reusers…

101 Ways to Recycle Everyday Household Items

Jewelry Upcycled!: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects

1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (1000 Series)

Seeing two sides of the story…

Before I express my view on this advertising campaign please take the time to watch the following video…

I am in two minds about this advertising campaign. Firstly I can see where Greenpeace are coming from. The amount of plastic in the environment is astounding. However were they right to direct all the blame on Coca-Cola. What about the consumers of these products? Would these products end up polluting the environment and killing wildlife if people didn’t litter?

I live in South Australia where there is a 10c deposit scheme in place for glass and plastic bottles, flavoured milk cartons and juice boxes. There are many reasons I like this scheme. There is less litter in the form of bottles and cartons. It also has a big affect on the micro-economy. It may sit uncomfotably for some seeing an old man rummage through bins and collecting cans and bottles but this may pay for his train ticket or a meal for the night. Is that such a bad thing? Many sports clubs (especially junior clubs) raise money through the collecting cans and bottles. It also seems to be a right of passage for South Aussie kids and earning a little extra pocket money. I know I loved it when I was a kid (back then it was only 5c).

So what has triggered all this? After a similar scheme was introduced to the Northern Territory a judge ruled earlier this year in favour of the big three beverage companies, Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty Ltd, that the scheme was invalid.

NT vows to appeal drink can deposit ruling

So putting littering issues aside. Do these major beverage companies have an ethical responsibility to the consumer? I believe they do. If we are to live in a sustainable society companies need to be aware and look at life cycle management. This is instead of producing the product and forgetting about it once it leaves the warehouse. Companies need to ensure the responsible diposal of their product is accounted for.

So back to the advert. I can relate to what Greenpeace are trying to achieve in this campaign and it is a serious topic. However I believe they were wrong to point the finger directly at Coca-Cola as they are not the only ones preventing the scheme from going ahead. Perhaps the use of generic bottles could have been used. I’m sure many people would have put two and two together.