FOWC with Fandango: Bottle

Bottle Bank

Remember the days of the good old glass bottles. You paid a little extra for the beer or cola but that was the deposit for the glass bottle: no problem. You returned the bottle and got the money back. It was not very much, but no fish got his fins tangled in plastic and did not choke on a piece of plastic. It was glass and glass could be used again, if you did not return it for the deposit. My mum never threw a glass bottle away because it might come in useful. They never did, but glass was not plastic and the glass bottle was something not classified as litter.

I never heard of an ocean animal, fish or whatever, choking on a piece of glass. Broken glass fell to the bottom of the sea, where there was sand and what is one of the main components of sand? Yes, glass. Of course you can still buy your Chanel No. 5 perfume in a glass bottle. I suppose no-one would really buy their perfume in a plastic bottle.

And so today we live in the age of plastic. Ask the fish, it has become part of their environment. there is now more plastic in the ocean than water in some places and the fish do not appreciate  being choked by a plastic string, or having their gills tangled in pieces of plastic. The result is now that a few enterprising people are designing machines to suck up the plastic in the sea. We humans are so good. First of all we kill the fish with plastic and afterwards we remove the plastic with a machine – how logical. Something wrong in the thought process there.

Our  local supermarket is doing its little bit. They have now installed a recycling wall. The idea is to deposit your plastic in the holes in the wall, but not everything in the same place. It is all according to size and what the plastic bottle contained, although probably when collected it all goes in the same bin and is chopped up to small pieces and bottles are made again.  I saw them do it with glass. The glass was divided into colours, white, brown and green, but when emptied it all came together for reprocessing. Yes recycling has become a question of logistical thinking.

Ten green bottles standing on the wall
Ten green bottles standing on the wall
and if one green bottle should accidentally fall
the forget it, there will always be a few thousand more to replace it.

Emptying the garbage containers 06.09 (3)

FOWC with Fandango: Bottle

6 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Bottle

  1. Plastic little is choking our waterways. It’s a horror show for fish, turtles, and birds — like ducks, for example — who are always looking for food. I remember when plastic bottles showed up in stores and we all thought “Oh, lighter weight. That’s good, right?” Who knew it would become earth’s worst trash pile?

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    • I don’t usually do environment stuff on a blog, but the title called for it. Luckily we have no oceans in Switzerland. I must say that I might see one plastic bottle floating on the river or a lake during the year, but the Swiss are very much disciplined with what they throw away.


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