Trashing the Planet

Ok I read this article in this weekend’s good weekend from the SMH .

 It’s called trashing the Planet I’m, going to Scan the article and send this to my mates that keep consuming stuff.  I’m also one of them btw.

 But I wanted to post some of the stats that I found very very distressing.

  • The average large supermarket has about 35,000 different items.
  • 8 of 10 new line items fail.
  •  We are in a consumer binge Pandemic  always looking for added newness , with China and India growing their middle Class almost Expotentially this will only get worst.
  • In 2004 Australians spent $5.3 billion on food we didn’t eat. Overall we waste 10 billion a year on products and services we don’t use.
  •  We throw away 3.3 million tones of food away a year. We discard up to a quarter of the nation’s food supplies annually because we simply buy too much.
  •  The young, the rich and people with SMALL children are the worst offenders at throwing away food. Of course many people don’t see throwing food way as a issue.
  •  One would think if all this food gets thrown away from supermarkets and other places then why it doesn’t go to feed homeless people. Surely that would be a win win situation. NO, a company has to be careful of its Brand. We can’t have brand dilution occurring.
  • 25 million Mobile phones are discarded each year in Australia most will end up as land fill. Less that 4% are recycled.
  • On Average we change our mobile phone every 18 to 24 months
  •  Ok so we know oil is on the way out. We are all getting excited about nuclear power.. Another thing we need is water.
  •  We grow twice as much food as we did a generation ago but we use 3 times as much water.  2/3 of all water drawn up is used to irrigate crops.
  •  One KG of Rice requires between 2000 and 5000 liters of water to  produce.
  • It takes 11000 liters of water to grow the feed for a feed a cow to make a quarter pound hamburger.
  • A Teaspoon of sugar takes 50 cups of water to grow it .
  • 25 bath tubs of water are needed to grow 250 grams of cotton that makes the a single t shirt.
  •  Apparently 1961 was a good time for us World pop was 3 billion and we were using only half the world’s resource to feed the planet.
  • 1986 is when we passed the POSR ( point of safe return) World pop = 5 billion Is when we were using all of earths resource to feed the planet.
  •  2001 = 120%
  •  2050 = 200% or two planets worth of resources.

 So what are we to do? Stop having babies now or start trying to rein in the amount of consumption that we all do. Perhaps companies could start making things that lasts more that 4 years.? Then what happens to innovation. If your happy with what you have then why would you want to change your frigde or TV. ?

what am i going to do about it.

Try and refrain from buying new stuff unless I absolutley really do need it. or to replace something that is broken.  

Food for thought. 

Other Iteams of note, Mum gets her results on Wed to see if she has anymore cancer. the Op is happening within 2 weeks and I’m off to fiji in Oct for a dive trip.




2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Luke on June 13, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    let\’s see. I haven\’t changed my car in a decade, Jane refuses to have a mobile \’phone or a car, my own work-provided \’phone is ancient. I bicycled to work for 3 of the past 8 years. I put a dam onto my  farm to save water. We recycle everything, we compost scraps. Many of our clothes are Op-Shop. Jane refused to have children – world population the key factor – Karl was NOT a choice – here will be no more. Our TV was a wedding present 11 years ago – and it was THEIR wedding present from 15 years before that! My other computer is 20 years old. We recharge all our batteries. We\’re almost sugar free – OK I\’m pathetic.. I can\’t quite sustain sugar-free.
    I think I\’m slightly ahead of the game.


  2. Posted by Craig on July 10, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    I told you kids where a bad thing. Would you listen? They smell, cost too much, and make silly little noises…and they poo more often. Giving birth is a sick process too, imaging having one of those little shitters inside you? Screw it, at least life is giving us another Transformer movie, Rejoice in the majesty of America!


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