Originally Posted by roro
I'm going to ignore the little rant and get right to the point of this paragraph. The companies have very little reason to stop making things, celebrities have very little reason to reduce air time, and the government has very little reason to say we need to stop manufacturing unnecessary products unless the public demands it. Do you know why all these green products started popping up, why the media started running show upon show about the environment? Because we wanted them. It starts with us. Sitting back and complaining that you can't take environmental issues seriously until someone else does the work for you does not put you in any position to be taken seriously at all.
Yeah! That is my Point Exactly! I do not ask for these things! People think that by tuning in to watch a show about the environment that is a good thing but what would be better would be if people decide to not turn on telly at all. The bit that gets to me is the fact that ordinary people shop carefully looking for the most environmentally friendly air freshener but don't ask do I need air freshener it at all?
What I find difficult to make sense of is the fact that large companies pay emmission taxes and buy carbon credits INSTEAD of having to stop the manufacture of wasteful, pointless products that create rubbish and pollution. As if that is some kind of solution.
I have to say that "well its what the people want" argument is no argument at all. There are government bodies paid millions of tax payer dollars to "find ways to save the environment" but they wont stop the production of a pointless product because there is a market for it. It seems strange to me that a governing body can get ingrediants which are deemed bad for our health removed from foods. Yet items that have no purpose AT ALL and are very bad for our environment are massed produced and **** the consequences. The difference is that things that create health problems in people end up costing insurance companies and governments a lot of money in health bills. Whereas the mass production of consumer driven crap creates **** loads of money for lots of wealthy people.
And I don't understand why people aren't as disgusted by the rubbish we are surrounded by as I am. I am on a public forum trying to get people to think about what they buy, to evaluate the products they surround themselves with. To think about the cost to the environment the manufacture of some of the little things that make your life a little more 'civilized' take on the planet.
I also want people to think about how they use products. Here is one little example. Shampoo/conditioner. How often does the average woman wash her hair? Most of my friends wash thier hair either everyday or every other day. I am the only woman I know who washes her hair once a week or longer, in the summer if I am swimming a lot I may go for weeks with out washing my hair. Do you know what is funny? My hair never gets oily, never gets smelly, never gets tangled (I NEVER brush my hair either by the way) and my friends can not understand why my hair is always so shiny and lovely. It is simple: excessive hair washing is bad for your scalp, on one hand it stimulates the over production of hair oil and on the other hand the chemicals in shampoos strip all the natural conditioners from your hair. And then think about all those chemicals that get washed down the drain by millions of woman EVERYDAY, chemicals that have to go somewhere. And then think about those empty shampoo bottles going to the tip. A bottle of shampoo and conditioner lasts my family months. How about you? How much shampoo do you use? It may be a small thing but every little thing counts.