Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “product/produce.” Use one, use them both, use them any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use both.
I agree with Linda; June went very fast! Maybe because we are out with people again there seems to be so much to do!
Producing products is is destroying our planet. In order for companies to grow we have to keep making stuff and throwing out stuff. There is constant traffic of barges of stuff coming to North America and sending more stuff back. We keep buying and throwing away so much clothing the third world doesn’t even want it anymore! There are mountains of clothing we have ‘donated’; for some reason we feel OK about it if we ‘donate’. There are women perusing the mall to buy some clothing they don’t need to make them feel better for one moment. They can donate garbage bags full of hardly worn clothing to the ‘poor’ and feel good about themselves.
Then there are the dollar stores. Of course I use them! I’ll try there first to get a product at half the price I’d pay at Superstore. But I feel guilty about it. Barges of crap coming over from China carrying what is basically garbage in the making. Remember Fidget Spinners? Holy crap you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing Fidget Spinners at the cash desk. How many of them are in landfill sites? And they will last forever.
Balloon releases: stop sending plastic garbage out into the air! It lands somewhere: many times in lakes and oceans where people like to release them.
Glitter and microplastics are in us! They have permeated the water systems and are everywhere. Stop using anything with glitter NOW! Try to not buy any skin or body products with microplastics. Its not easy: they are in so many things. I bought sunscreen a few years ago and was horrified when I saw all the glitter in it when the sun shone on me! I don’t want that! And where do I get rid of it? Landfill.
I know I’m barking on my old bandwagon but I don’t see people changing their habits to try and lessen their carbon footprint. O, they post about it on social media to show how woke they are. Oh yeah, big fan of Greta Thunberg! Now let’s go to the mall and look for something cute to wear tonight and maybe a couple more times until it goes off to clothing mountain at Goodwill.
How about making it a status symbol to keep your car on the road for as long as possible? They used to be much easier to fix but now its all computerized. Same with products like refrigerators, washing machines . . . they don’t last anymore so we keep buying new ones because one part is too expensive to replace! Its insanity!
I know I’ve said it before but we are like the Wendigo chewing off its own lips in hunger! Social media is turning the young people into mindless consumers. For every Greta Thunberg there are 1000 social media influencer wannabees.
Excuse me for saying so but I think we are fucked. This is not sustainable.