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I have done a lot of things in my life and have also worked in many different jobs to make a living and to experience life. This blog is just some of my musings, sometimes funny, sometimes inspirational, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes simple but all the time, it's just me.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A waste society

I just read an article yesterday that Wal-Mart and H&M stores in US throwing out perfectly good set of clothes.

The article reflected what I was thinking.

Amid the recession and the cold winter months, Cynthia Magnus made a shocking discovery at the H&M in Manhattan's Herald Square. It wasn't a sale on the season's hottest trends--it was garbage bags upon garbage bags of unsold merchandise, most of it slashed with razors to ensure that no one would ever wear or sell it, the New York Times reports.

"Gloves with the fingers cut off," Ms. Magnus said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. "Warm socks. Cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men's jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls."

This morning when wifey came back from KL, she buys me the usual Burger King veggie whopper, which is basically a whopper with cheese without the whop or without the meat patty.

Burger King cooks made it in mistake and put the meat in. And the supervisor duly threw the whopper into the rubbish bin.

McDonald's and every fast food joint also have this policy of throwing perfectly good meals away if they have been on the counter for too long.

All of us are slowly becoming a waste society. We buy cheap DVD players, or cheap CD players and cheap televisions. We normally just throw them away when it spoils.

I even recently threw away by RM70 Tobishi DVD player which I had bought from Boulevard on the 1st week I moved to Miri on October 2007. It was working but not well enough.

We tend to throw things which are working perfectly well when we get new things.

Worse is when people just abandon their pets.

We are a waste society.

We do not recycle enough, we do not reuse enough and we do not reduce enough.

The thing is the earth is many billions of years old and we sometimes take it for granted. That may be fine but why don't we donate. Donate food, donate clothes, donate unwanted electrical items.

I should start to. I do not do it enough because it is easier to throw in Malaysia, rather than find someplace to donate things, find someplace to re-cycle things.

Maybe I will. Actions rather than words. Just start donating and re-cycling more.

Take care and be well.


Anonymous said...

The catch word is convinience and economics...

It is more convinient and less time and cheaper.. just throw it out.
Out of sight out of mind ..then its somebody else problem... No need to interact with anybody.. less hassle..

Just imagine if you want to recycle or donate your DVD player... would you dish out a player that you are not satisfied to somebody else..?.. If that perosn have to repair..then it cost money and at the end of the day..the person might balme you .

As for recycling... maybe can sell the metal covers.. but who would want to buy the internal circuit boards which are harmful.

so best thing to do ..put in rubbish bin.. an it no longer your problem.. heyyy... millions of people are doing it...

Anonymous said...

Haaa... ini baru nak save the environment... and also parents money in paying for school year book... This is what I would say cutting down waste... save paper, printing and money from aprent..
Read on....
Sunday January 10, 2010
School launches e-yearbook

IPOH: In moving with the times, SJK Poi Lam will replace its yearbooks with the e-yearbook.

Possibly the first school in the country to implement this, the idea was mooted by former Utar graduate Jonathan Foo.

Foo said he got the idea to have an e-yearbook last year and started developing on it.

“My main intention is to help conserve the environment, and with the e-yearbook, the use of paper will be done away with,” he said.

The e-yearbook could also reach former pupils who are all over the world, added Foo.

“We plan to launch the website this year, but in the interim, we have prepared the yearbook in CD and DVD format,” he said, adding that he planned to put the school’s past 10 yearbooks on the website.

School parent-teacher association chairman Loo Thin Tuck said it would be more cost-effective to have e-yearbooks.

“Normally, if we print hard-copy yearbooks, it would cost us RM15 per copy,” he said.

Deputy Information, Communi-cations and Culture Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie launched the e-yearbook yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Saving the environment can be done in may ways.. one example is using less resources like using less fuel by for example by this method..

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Sunday January 10, 2010
In the dark over tinted glass ruling

MANY countries around the world and even our neighbours have started to allow 50% tinting on their vehicles. Singapore allows it for the back passenger windows and rear window while the front must be less then 40%.

The impact is that when a car is tinted and kept cool in this manner, it allows the vehicle to burn lesser fuel. It also helps the environment.

Nil said...

Agree that it is convenience of economics. Nowadays, charity centres are not like before, the want new LCD tv's and new refrigarator. Very few want to take used ones. But Malaysian's have a weird mentality as well, like donating torn clothes and dirty underwear for tsunami victims. As for the e-yearbook, very commendable but one must trully check the carbon footprint of using the Internet over and over against the printed book. Is it still less? As for the car tints, I have always had the cool tints on my car to reduce the heat in the car thus reducing the consumption of fuel. But Malaysia is so bloody hot at times and oil and gas companies could help by providing shaded parking rather than open parking.