So much that gets broken seems to not be able to be fixed. Even if you have some skill, some electrical and electronic goods just seem engineered for obsolesce and replacement. Which is really cluttering up land fill. And even as we are exhorted to feng shui and declutter, a third of that stuff is probably non-recyclable plastic destined for dumping somewhere not close to home. Even recycling and up-cycling have limits. Because we have guests coming for Christmas…actually because Christmas’ consumer frenzy is on the horizon, this orgy of waste and disposal in the design is preying on my mind. Even people who don’t horde have so much STUFF! Me included. In some ways we are lucky to be able to compost our food and garden waste, but there is still a fair amount that two people send to land fill each year. We consciously try to minimise it, but still…this is one part we all play in climate change.
Do Not Replace
I hate that supermarkets cradle
organic pears in styrofoam.
What’s a bruise between it and me
(or my gut)? After all, it will
Eventually compost down
Except for the plastic wrap
Which won’t biodegrade into
the sort of crap that makes roses,
that feed the bees, who pollinate
the peas and corn, the olive trees.
You can’t eat plastic or gadgets
that break and are sealed so no one
can fix them. So the replacement
cycle goes on. Until we stop
pretending plastic doesn’t end up
in a dolphin’s gut, exported
to somewhere poor where people live
quite literally off waste dumps.
So if it breaks I want glass or
wood lemon squeeze instead of tat.
I won’t replace the next bust thing-
Microwave or coffee grinder.
Just do not replace. It’s not like
we are really doing without.
Copyright Bee Smith 2018