It is quiet Summer evening with the beginning of autumn harvest and the
approaching full moon at Tea at Tympani Lane Records. I am expectant of
flowering bulbs this season, to be bought and slept in a cold place, then put
into bud vases to fill the winter with Spring flowers.
I am planning to publish 2 EBooks of poetry before Christmas, The Grif and Other Conversations: more poetry from the street and The Angel. I have a photo shoot planned for The Angel and the book of poetry will be full of photos of "The Eye" angel statue by David Altmejd. I am contemplating continuing to write The Demaricon. New music is writing but slowly and I hope to be back in the studio recording by Spring.
The following are thoughts on solutions to garbage caused by food packaging . . .
“ Everything is potentially garbage. “
- DAChester French on Twitter.com
“. . . I do not think of a Rembrandt as trash . . . however, if every consumer outfitted with a few plastic containers, heavy plastic bags (meant to last) of different sizes and/or string bags and some bottles with lids went down to the supermarket every day or every other day and picked up groceries as single items e.g. everything would be sold in bins, like a bulk food store. The permanent containers requires time, investment and attention and implies permanence, an acceptance of the present/a lifestyle beyond a fast food economy - no trash, are we ready for this? “
- Rebecca Banks (Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Writer, Artist, Philosopher, Counselor)
Garbage is invisiblized and a huge problem in this society – packaging is expensive, using up paper/plastic resources and it creates a problem of waste after it has been used, with the city state problem of garbage pickup and then the further problem of where to dump it. Recycling everything is half the answer, another answer is, what if garbage was never created because packaging was not needed. Packaging was the obvious answer to preserve the shelf life of a product, the onus was on the producer. Instead of the onus being on the producer, what if the onus for packaging was on the consumer. It would involve collecting all the containers before going shopping, keeping track of them, keeping them clean and replacing them if they wear out or break. It implies permanence in an impermanent world, would take more time, might be heavier to carry – some overhead in purchasing permanent containers, you might have to shop more often, take a cart and public transport.
It would require a revamp of how the grocery store worked. Just charge per piece/allotment or per weight. The food at the grocery store could be sold in bulk, (I suspect this may have an effect on shelf life with spoilage) but was done with the bulk food stores of about 20 years ago using barcodes.
Because of fear of death, fear of losing ones spouse, job, house, car – it can cloud imagination and the ideal answer – life is lived quickly, without thought, without care for others, “I got mine attitude”, love is a quest at a MacDonald’s restaurant. People don’t know what they are doing in their love lives, it’s a mess, because they don’t understand the karmic principals of the universe. People don’t care, fast and easy and like conspicuous consumption, it’s like asking someone to pick up after you.
Items in Old World society were created to last, often with elaborate decoration (like the blacksmiths belges that he used to blow on the coals). If you could afford to replace the item if it wore out or broke and couldn’t be repaired you had enough. Objects were highly valued because they took a lot of time and effort to create. Most objects were repaired if they broke. With the advent of industrialization and manufactured goods, came the notion of anything is potentially trash, with the actuality of over-abundance and planned obsolescence. Instead of ordering something made, a one off, so it was bought before it was made objects and appliances when produced en masse caused the appearance of great wealth and gave the gift of inexpensive goods to the masses. In the beginning some of these objects were not of the best quality. The idea of value went down, the one off production pieces of agricultural society had great value, they took a lot of time and effort to create, and were handmade - the machine made objects were uniform, made in great quantities, were less personalized, less expensive and easier to replace. Modern design includes planned obsolescence, often advanced pieces of technology (appliances, can openers etc.) break and are thrown out because it costs less to buy a new one than to repair the broken piece. It is not the object or the repair of the object that is important, it is the monies that can be made from purchasing a new object (to be fair this is more a 1960’s attitude).
The industrialized economy heralded in the broken social era, with the compartmentalization of life, my work life, my family life, my sex life etc. With the faster pace and unthinking consumption the idea of rotating intimate relationships and the creation of economic drivers blew the West into an underground war zone with suffering from sexual violation issues, addictions, suicide and murder. I suspect with disjointed families, people moving to cities to find work, moving off the land, the burgeoning population growth and the cold war the old wisdom became lost or misconstrued as people had less time to raise and socialize their children. “ Everything is potentially garbage. “ Read everything as everyone and this becomes an angry statement about a culture that dehumanizes and eats its own. An out of control culture that values monies and sex over human life and quality of life.
The idea of packaging, particularly food packaging, like conspicuous consumption was an obvious answer that caused a huge garbage problem that needed incinerators and landfills manifesting pollution. With the gift of time, inherent in the new Online Economy with part-time work and happy love lives, the weekly routine of shopping for groceries can be made more often with some heavy bags or containers meant to last and taking a cart and public transport or for a small fee the grocery store will usually deliver. “Garbage” foodstuffs can be put in the compost, broken appliances can be fixed, things no longer used can be given away and almost everything else can be recycled. No packaging for foodstuffs, less garbage.
The Way of Peace,