The other day, once will not hurt, I venture into the aisles of a supermarket. At checkout, I am behind a lady who pushes his cart. Here shopping ham (four slices), chicken legs, head cheese, bacon, beets, corn salad, lettuce (prewashed), broccoli head, cherry tomatoes, endives, grapes, avocados, apples, sliced bread, mineral water ( six pack), bananas, walnuts, raspberries, absorbent paper (pack of three rolls), Paris mushrooms and basil.
She places them on the mat, waiting for the beep, rule with its loyalty card and replace its reserves in its reusable bag made for the occasion. “A gesture for the planet,” as it is written on the side. There is however a catch: all products (except apples, weighed by the woman) have a common characteristic. They are all packed in a plastic …
This duplicity is embarrassing. For the large distribution groups, environmental commitment is a must and an imposed communication. Greenwashing is combined in the details. In this case, the bag ecocitizen -n’ayons not afraid of words- is now part of the virtuous panoply of GMS [grandes et moyennes surfaces, ndlr] and other hypermarkets. It has its uses but is only a commercial tomfoolery, a symbol of hypocrisy room, a green mask posed as a red nose on the face of a society entangled in contradictions. A pseudo “gesture for the planet” while the organization of the trading system contributes to trample.
Purchases in supermarkets suppose to arrive and leave by car. Obsessed with the lowest price induces import flows over thousands of kilometers. Professionals know create based world need the image and profusion, oriented (over) consumption. And that famous bag presented as eco contains only under plastic products. This ecological imposture is indecent.
It should not exempt the consumer’s responsibility. The reusable bag is a way to feel good. Certainly, it is a bit limited, like removing a drop in the ocean, but if people know how to reduce their carbon footprint, many would willingly. The problem is, no one really knows what to do. It’s hard to go to the Bay of Somme by bike with a suitcase!
As the train often cost up to twice as much as the car, as the Europeans will import some of their consumer countries that do not care about climate change, as the Gordian knot between environmental protection and power purchase will not be settled, all the talk will be in vain and efforts remain anecdotal.
The move towards internet consumption will not help matters. Because the bar code, inseparable from orders on online sales platforms, is applied on a support … in plastic. New consumers need their dose of polyethylene. Will the green bag be enough to reverse the trend?
What about the public response? In October, no fewer than three ministers signed a decree banning plastic packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables (with its share of exceptions, of course). The implementation will be spread between 2022 and 2026. Two years ago, the European Union adopted a Directive prohibiting single-use plastics, starting with stirrers for coffee and cotton swabs to the ears. Is not it ludicrous?
China is building so many coal plants as there are days in a year, the US is reluctant, Brazil consciously destroyed the world of the lung, and we choose to ride into town on scooters and bikes made the across the world and remove the swabs and plastic bags! These two texts are the symbol of insatiable technocracy that lays it can make up for the deficiencies of political choices. Failing to decide -for cher- pollute less is more, the political struggles to regulate.
This regulatory mystical recalls the technological fascination illustrated by this anecdote. In the 1970s, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts meet. They discuss the difficulties encountered when it comes to writing a note in weightlessness. The Americans evoke an ingenious system with pumps that push the ink. But it does not work too well because the flow is always disorderly. And you? asks the astronaut. We answered the Russian, we take a pencil.
Faced with the climate emergency, groups reinvent hot water, consumers put his head in the bag, and the authorities are taking an administrative frenzy! There is even more urgent that the climate emergency: urgency sense. If only this woman had done her shopping at the market with a basket …
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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