A Small Plastic Package Is A Big Culprit Of The Waste Filling Oceans : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/15/685252092/a-small-plastic-package-is-a-big-culprit-of-the-waste-filling-oceans
EXCERPT FROM THE ABOVE LINK:
So where did all this plastic come from? Well, let’s go back to the 1940s. …. Plastic for consumers was growing in popularity. Manufacturers raced to find ways to fashion it into things people would buy. Plastic was lightweight, inexpensive, flexible. …. But much of it could not be recycled, and people in the industry knew that. At the first National Conference on Packaging Waste held in San Francisco in 1969, some executives wondered, where is all this plastic going to end up? One marketing consultant said that wasn’t their problem. Difficulties with plastic waste, quote, “are not the responsibility of those who produce materials, fabricate packages or package goods” – unquote. Rather, he said, it’s the consumer’s responsibility. So manufacturers just urged people not to litter and kept pumping out new kinds of plastic with yet more uses.
Personal blue-collar tax-paying voter opinions:
Was thinking about plastic waste. Was thinking about how amazing it is, modern technologies and manufacturing, how we can make all this.
Was thinking about how — in business thinking throughout Human History — “makers” and “job-creators” want to make and sell, and the responsibility of the waste or pollution produced is someone else’s problem. It has to be, in order to be profitable in the market.
Was thinking about some of the Freakonomics Radio episodes I like re-listening to.
The “environmentalist prophets versus the techno-wizards” is a favorite.
The recent one with Andrew Yang is another.
I don’t like BitCoin or other “crypto-currencies”, as they aren’t backed by the “full faith and credit” of We the People, or any People. Love the security possibilities of Block Chain, though.
And Andrew Yang’s twist of combining a crypto-currency with the “checks and balances”/power-sharing/”full faith and credit” of the goverment backing of a “time bank digital credit system”.
The Market ™ is usually only concerned with The Dollar and the profits it needs.
Human Civilization has more needs to fulfill, stuff the profit-seeking markets find no value in, but which need to be managed nonetheless.
Yang’s “time bank digital credits” tjing is one “currency system” that could help. Emphasis is on person-to-person, community-level needs.
Running parallel to that, maybe at the “state and national needs” level, another crypto-currency system could be set up? For companies and institutions? More robust than “simply” a carbon-credits system? One to set up a parallel economy to help not “simply” recycle, but to “unmake” that which was made, turning waste back into useable resources?
Worth thinking about? Worth experimenting with? Carefully?
We, the U.S. of A., pride ourselves on dynamic innovation. The States are supposedly Laboratories of Freedom and Innovation. Our Pioneering Spirit and sense of competition took us to the moon once.
Have we become so “conservative” that we can’t experiment anymore?
Seems like civilizations die, resting too comfortably on their laurels…..