OT: Rags To Riches
- I go out early in the dark, to a grey bin behind the shed, where I
throw the peelings from my morning juice. Next to it is last year's
grey bin, now almost compost. Behind that is a butt for rainwater. By
the gate is a green one for garden stems and such, and next to that is
a black one for everything else... except the things that go in the
shed: a crate for card, one for paper down there... and here for
glass, another for plastic, and one for tin.
In Britain we throw away about 455,000 tonnes of plastic bottles every
year. Figures suggest 60% of all household waste could be recycled or
composted, but according to the BBC, the largest nation in the UK,
England, appears to be reusing only 17.7%. Oops. We're getting better
though (and I am trying earnestly with my daily cup of peelings). We
can take heart from some of our European neighbours - the Swiss and
Scandinavians taking the medals this year.
Apparently all sorts of things can be made from recycled plastic
bottles; not just other plastic bottles. It takes 25 x 2 litre bottles
to make one adult size fleece jacket for example. Nowadays you can
find glass bottles made into bracelets, cosmetic bags from reclaimed
seatbelts and cases from car tyres. If you thought turning a plastic
cup into a pencil is something that could only happen in one of Harry
Potter's Transfiguration classes, think again.
I like recycling. I hope its upward trend continues. Not only is it
efficient and good for the environment, it's a kind of reincarnation
of matter. Just as there are so many souls, incarnating in different
forms as they evolve, so there is only so much matter in the world,
although it may change its form.
I sometimes think that because there are only so many molecules of
water or oxygen within the earth's atmosphere, these molecules have
been floating around for millions of years. If I drink a glass of
water, who knows, maybe a particle of it was in Mozart's teacup once.
Maybe some of this very breath of air... was inhaled by a dinosaur...
or an avatar. Did you think of that?
Sri Chinmoy's Writing on Reincarnation:
Recycling Info and Shopping in the UK:
BBC European Recycling Report:
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