Moving Beyond the Plastic Paradigm

April 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm 2 comments

Plaza cafe...so artsy.

by Chase Eck

My friend Stephen and I were in the library a couple nights ago. He was learning everything there is to know about the Holocaust, and I was writing a paper analyzing different historical perspectives on the Israeli war of Independence in 1948. Clearly we needed a break. We moseyed on down to Plaza café and swapped light conversation about looming demographic problems in China and electoral models across democracies over steaming cups of Seattle’s Best. Sometime during the conversation I realized just how many points I had accrued during my study break and vented my dismay to Stephen with some well-chosen words.  Stephen’s response was: “Well you just have to count the plastic right?”

Of course as anyone who is familiar with the No Impact challenge knows I couldn’t just count the plastic.  I had to count the cardboard coffee cup as well. That’s the point, it’s easy to fixate on one easily identifiable culprit such as plastic or oil but the truth is the issue is so much broader.  We need to move beyond the latest villain of the day and seek to identify why wasteful behavior is so bad and work to better our habits with regards to that issue as well as others.  Plastic bags aren’t inherently bad, it’s just that the number we consume is so wasteful. This concern applies to all single use items, not just those made of plastic.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Robin Banks  |  April 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Your friend Stephen sounds like a pretty cool guy. And just you wait and see. With China’s speculative boom and growing disparity between rich and poor, shit’s about to get real. ❤

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  • 2. Liz Miller  |  May 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve never seen Plaza Cafe look so artsy. Good work.

    Reply

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