Monday, July 6, 2009
Too lazy to shake your umbrella? Disposable plastic sheaths are the ultimate folly
First the dispensers of disposable plastic sheaths appeared in shopping malls and office towers, now even facilities directly managed by government departments, such as museums and libraries proudly display them.
Before the appearance of these condoms for dripping umbrellas, people used to shake their brollies, or put them in the nylon sheath that comes with any umbrella you buy. Not anymore. If you are too lazy to shake it, you can slip it into a disposable plastic cover every time you enter a building. Multiply this action several time, and imagine millions of people doing the same, and you have a mountain of plastic waste to dispose of in a landfill. Not to mention the environmental impact of producing all those plastic sheaths.
Environmentally-irresponsible decisions are made everyday by people who don't think about the consequences of their actions.
It's even more annoying to see that taxpayers' money is used to pay the salaries of people who should know better.