Passata – the costs and who can afford it

A post from January 2021 on the cost of what looks like simple things.

27th January 2021

This costs 80p in my local supermarket in the UK, less than a £, maybe a US$ at some point in currency exchange. It’s their essential range but at 80p they are still making a profit from it. Made from Italian tomatoes that have been sieved removing the skins and seeds it is then placed in a glass container and shipped to the UK unless the process is based on the tomatoes being shipped to the UK first in some other container. If so was it reusable? Either way there’s a lot of resources and energy used to get a value product for the consumer to buy. So there are a lot of resources and energy being used to bring this passata into my home but at what cost to the environment? Then there’s the question of the economics. I can afford to buy it but there are millions of people in the UK even who could not and the UK represents <0.1% of the global population. So would this product ever be “affordable” in terms of human labour, resources and environmental costs for all of the 7.8 billion humans who would like to consume it? If we take the Ethiopian clothing workers, earning roughly 80p a day, to fill our high streets and internet with cheap environmentally damaging tat, it is clear that our economic models are completely wrong and that unless the price was a magnitude cheaper that they would never be able to enjoy passata.

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Wasting resources, the final “straws”

I wrote this a year ago and we are still wasting resources with no regard for the limitations of this finite planet.

January 2021

Marketing and advertising and the wasting of resources go hand in hand in the 21st century. These cranes I think had clearly been signposted with the site name that they were working on but why? Because they could. The cost of doing so was in the local currency, it might have even been tax deductible but there was no associated cost to the environment. OK you might say it’s some materials on a one way trip to landfill or burning but it’s not much. Unfortunately it is though. It may only look like a “straw” to you but there are 7,800,000,000 of us all using “straws” that are often unnecessary and therefore part of the over use of natural resources that humanity extracts from the natural world at every moment. Earth Overshoot Day gets earlier every year. Make sure you consider the environmental cost of what you use and not just its monetary cost.

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Litter and waste. Time to get tough on everyone from the individual up to the corporation and country

I posted this a year ago and the scene was exactly the same a few years ago. Somebody, despite the notice saying not to do it, couldn’t be bothered to take home what they wanted to donate to the charity shop because it was closed. In my book that makes them a litterer and they should pay a fine for having “dumped” their rubbish. Then of course somebody desperate, much more desperate than the people who had dumped the material outside the charity shop, came along and scattered the donated goods.

January 2021

Let’s make 2021 the year that we also ask for the people responsible for the state of the planet pay. In the UK there seems to be little that’s done against those individuals, criminals, organisations or even our country. What do I mean by that? The microplastic pollution is out there. It covers every part of our environment and it appears to be in most living organisms including us. The corona virus is making it far worse with discarded face masks filling our landscapes, seas and oceans. Since this waste is potentially very dangerous those who discard it need to face the proper penalties and it needs to be taken for the serious problem that it is. First we need to catch the individuals. If we do what would be a suitable punishment? How about a week street cleaning and the street cleaner gets a week off? Fly tippers? Well that should carry heavy fines and a prison sentence for repeat offenders. That might already happen but we obviously don’t catch enough of them. Corporations? We need to protest to our governments to make them pay heavily for using non recyclable materials. Governments? We must stop 1st world governments dumping our waste on 3rd world countries. A government that does this is no better than an illegal fly tipper. OK, I’m being frivolous but we need to start somewhere. Waste, especially plastic based waste, is something that needs to be taken far more seriously than it is.

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This plastic madness of wrapping vegetables has to stop

I posted this at the end of 2020 but little if anything has changed in terms of unnecessarily wrapping things in plastic that don’t need to be. n 2021 researchers showed that very small plastic particles could cross the blood brain barrier in mice. This hasn’t been looked for in humans as far as I’m aware but it has serious health implications for us.

31st January 2020

Once again the only choice of buying cauliflower was to buy one all wrapped up in plastic poison and pollution. We must stop this as it is a danger to all life on this planet. Dramatic? Not really when you know the facts. Maybe not this plastic but some other piece of plastic’s breakdown products could cause you harm. Few of us know where the plastic will end up. Maybe it will be burnt locally causing the release of toxic particles. Maybe it will be exported to some poorer country and will end up poisoning their environment. Except it’s not their environment, it’s our environment and microplastic and nanoplastic particles have been found from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the deepest ocean trenches and on into the human placenta. Wrapping vegetables in plastic has polluted the whole planet so why do it and why accept it. 2021 has to be the year where we say no more and we start demanding change.

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Smashing up glass, that’s insane

I posted this a year ago and the madness of capitalism and its resource wasting and contribution to climate change continues. Current recycling is far from enough.

30th December 2020

We take materials from various sources and then use huge amounts of energy to heat them up to make container glass, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Container_glass#:~:text=Container%20glass%20has%20a%20lower,storage%20of%20beverages%20and%20food.. Then we fill it with something and transport it potentially long distances. The jars are put on shelves where shoppers who have often driven to the supermarket by the jars and take them home. The contents are emptied and then if they are lucky the glass containers are smashed and possibly recycled. A lot more energy will be used to make them back into glass containers again. Others are just chucked in the rubbish. We have developed highly inefficient one way supply chains and here we sit with a high in May 2020 of 417ppm CO2. Nothing to be surprised at if you look how inefficient our systems are. Those same shoppers have to drive back to the supermarket to buy another jar full of their favourite content. The lorries delivering the jars to the supermarket have to return to the depot. Lorries or vans supplying the depot have to return to the suppliers. There is therefore something very wrong with both our economics and our one way supply chain both of which have contributed to the amount of climate change generating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to change and we need to change now. The value of the environment is not costed or not fully costed into our supply chains because otherwise those glass containers would be reused over and over again.

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Those that have too much dumping what has been exploited

I posted this just over a year ago before last Christmas. It’s time, way over time, that we took responsibility for our individual lifestyle and what and how much we consume. We all need to see the bigger picture.

16th December 2020

First world economies work on exploiting third world workers and their environment because otherwise scenes like this would not occur. If workers were paid a similar minimum working wage in value terms to first world workers then world trade would have to slow down. We would have to repair, reuse and recycle what we consume and not just dump it outside a closed charity shop for others to scavenge over. Our first world economies have no values for the destruction of the environment they cause nor of the pollution that they leave behind in far away lands. These places are remote from the bright glossy marketing of these goods in their consumerist palaces of shopping both on the street and on the internet. Time to change our ways and start paying the real price.

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Christmas wrapping and packaging – make sure it’s properly disposed of

I posted this last December. Ask yourself where’s all that packaging now and where will all the packaging end up from this Christmas’s mad season?

December 2020

There will be literally mountains of wrapping and packaging waste associated with today. Try and make sure that it is properly disposed of. It’s in your interest as well as everyone else’s as just like a boomerang some of it might come back to you and you will be eating it or breathing it in as microplastic and nanoplastic particles. We live in a soup of this stuff already so don’t make it worse. We’ve already messed this planet up enough as it is.

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Bottled water and what’s wrong with western economics

Another post from the middle of 2020 but we are still carting lots of bottled water around and polluting the planet in so many ways by doing so.

There is a lot wrong with western first world economics but apart from individuals aware of the environmental issues that unfettered growth causes and a few rather left wing economists, the majority of humanity gives what is wrong little thought. After all there are few if any immediate consequences. So ask yourself what do you see wrong with this partly drunk bottle of water?

To start with it is bottled water hauled all over the planet using vasts amounts of fossil fuels and thereby causing additional CO2 emissions that would not be released if everyone drank tap. Now people might say that they don’t trust tap but how do you know the bottled water is any better than what comes out of the tap or worse? Maybe it’s all down to believing a brand and a dubious corporation over your local tap water utility company. So maybe a branding makeover might change some people’s minds.

Here however we see this expensive, in terms of financial but more importantly environmental cost water, about to be tipped down the drain because the customer has enough money and no thought about its real costs and so hasn’t finished it. The customer almost certainly didn’t think about the 800,000,000 people who cannot drink clean water each and every day. The customer probably didn’t even think about the nearby homeless people that are stepped over each day and how they get enough clean water to drink, let alone that huge number of people in far away lands.

Then of course there is the glass bottle, the raw materials, probably not locally sourced but imported, that have been turned into a container to take this very expensive water all the way from A to B. Much energy went into producing the bottle but it will be smashed and if lucky enough, using a lot more energy turned into another glass container. That energy use and the processes to make the glass almost certainly cause pollution of one sort or another so why wasn’t the bottle returned and reused instead of being broken?

It’s this misuse of raw materials and energy that recently saw a CO2 reading of 418ppm at the Mauna Loa research station. This is the highest level of CO2 since before this last series of ice ages start some 2.58 million years ago and the atmosphere is gaining CO2 at a rate not seen for 50 to 60 million years. If you are a climate change denier then you clearly live in some fantasy land.

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What will happen to me now asked the shower gel container?

An original blog from May 2020. I think we had already stopped buying shower gel like this and had inherited this part used product. Now we use soap bars for body and for hair. It’s time that we all changed.

It’s Number 5 plastic according to the label. Greenpeace say that the US has only the capacity to recycle 5% of this type of plastic. I don’t know about the UK or other places. So where will it end up? As detritus in our rivers and oceans or will it be incinerated adding extra CO2 to the atmosphere and releasing toxic and health damaging small particles for those living near the incinerators. Meanwhile the Faith in Nature soap was sold in a brown paper bag and the shampoo soap bar in a cardboard box. Neither involved carting lots of unnecessary water around between manufacturer and user. Our convenience is killing us and the planet.

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Going shopping today? – How much of this will you pick up?

A blog from May 2020. Unfortunately there is little sign of the over-packaging of the goods we buy daily stopping. We are ingesting and breathing in the broken down micro and nano sized particles and recent research has shown that these particles can pass the blood brain barrier in mice.

If you are a supermarket shopper then we have all become accustomed to the convenience of it without realising, even now for many, how damaging to the environment all this packaging is. What sort of pile of plastic will you have when you have unwrapped your shopping today?

What we have been doing over just the last few decades has ended up in our oceans and even inside our own bodies. And now it is even being found as microplastic particles on the ocean floor. It’s time to demand change and change our habits.

Science journal paper

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