A typical bin full of plastic supermarket packaging

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It’s a typical loop of problems and behaviour. We want cheapish and convenient food so we go to supermarkets. They stock things in plastic because it’s more convenient for them and probably helps them pass certain hygiene regulations more easily too. We go home and try to put certain types of plastic bottles and containers into our recycling (which is probably not much of an energy efficient system anyway) but we can’t recycle most of the plastic packaging thst goes on the fruit and vegetables plus other plastic sachets for sauces, bags for pasta… pitta bread… the list goes on.
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It’s particularly bad though when items are individually wrapped in plastic within more plastic packaging… modern madness!
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Even with the regular recycling of cardboard, paper and glass, this is just a stop gap solution… it doesn’t address the real problem… packaging fullstop is damaging the environment because of the energy consumption itself of either making or recycling it. And that’s before we look at transportation of goods…

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Danger

20181030_120812What is our average idea of danger? What drives us to be scared of something? Is it always ultimately death that scares us or is it gradual pain? For example someone “living dangerously” mught not necessarily be courting death by driving carelessly or walking across a slippery mountaintop. .. they could be risking their relationship by flirting with others, etc… i.e. emotional danger.
But going back to a more traditional meaning of danger, why exactly do people start saying the world is becoming a dangerous place now? It’s true that Trump and other right wing and dictator-style leaders are encouraging a type of island and partisan mentality, so other people are scared to think what the future holds. But let’s not forget, in plenty of non western countries people have been in a living hell when family members have died of diseases, their villages slaughtered through civil war, their dignity degraded to nothing through poverty and lack of opportunity. Would those people say that only NOW is the world becoming a messed up, DANGEROUS place?