Friday, 16 May 2014
I have often been accused of being an ecological vandal and having far too large a carbon footprint. I live alone but I have two homes on opposite sides of the globe and I use an aircraft to commute between them. I have two cars. In fact I have two of most possessions where others only have one and often that one is shared between a whole family. In other words I utilise a far greater quantity of the earth's resources than I would do if I had an ounce of green in me. I've never really seen it like that but I am making no attempt at defence.
However even I was a little surprised at the carbon footprint of a purchase I made this week. I use plastic storage boxes (a non-green thing to do anyway) and the ones I use in New Zealand are designed and made there and are far superior to the ones that I use here in Scotland. Needing some more I ordered some of the same design and make as the ones that I use in NZ. They arrived this afternoon. Much to my surprise they are not made in Europe under licence but are made in NZ and transported here. They do not stack so take up a huge amount of space for their value. So not only do I use plastic boxes but I use plastic boxes with a huge carbon footprint.
Would that stop me buying more? I'm sad to say that it wouldn't.
If you are wondering why I think they are so superior it is because the clip is on the base and clips onto the rigid lid. The others all seem to have the clips on the lid and eventually the less rigid sides of the box make it less easy for the clips to hold.