Posts Tagged ‘#recycle’


Despite the fact that people usually find a way of irritating me every single day, I can’t believe I’m only up to rant number 18. It’s either a credit to my impressive tolerance or proof of my lack of time these days to write anything down.

It’s 2017 and there are still people who think it’s ok to throw litter on the floor. Seriously what’s wrong with these people. I remember in the 80s when I was a wee boy, there was a massive campaign actively trying to discourage the next generation from souring our streets.


For some reason that message stuck with me and as a result I have always binned or pocketed my rubbish rather than throwing it on the floor.


It really annoys me because it’s a completely unnecessary act and breathes a stench of arrogance and entitlement that somebody is going to come along and clean that up after you.


And don’t give me that ridiculous argument that it helps to create jobs for people and in some twisted way by you dropping rubbish it is actually helping the unemployment crisis. That’s an idiotic line of thinking and only highlights how narcissistic our society has become.

This rant isn’t exclusive to pedestrians either, in fact some drivers can be far worst. I have seen people literally pull over and chuck a whole family meal size bag and numerous cups onto the pavement and drive off without a care in the world. It’s disgusting and needs to stop.

It’s now the norm in most cities for school kids to regularly walk around after school eating hamburgers, fried chicken or pizza and throw their discarded bones and rubbish straight onto the pavement without any thought given. It makes me cringe every time.


What’s worst is when you see a parents doing it in front of their child or actually telling their child who is attempting to hand them back an empty sweet wrapper to just chuck it on the floor.

It’s been a while since I have seen an advert  on television for litter. We seem to have many about recycling but nothing about not being a pig. In fact I retract that statement because that comparison is a disservice to pigs.

I’m not even going to bother reciting a load of unnecessary stats about how much it cost to clean up after litter bugs or how much it effecting the environment because it’s unnecessary. The image below sums up a typical Saturday morning after a Friday night in the city.


It’s simple the world is a worst place to live in with other people’s mess everywhere. Clean up your shit people!

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Amazon provides a wonderful service, it’s very quick and easy and hard to fault. But If there is one thing that I do not like about their service it would have to be the wasteful packaging.

Usually when I purchase merchandise, I like to go to the shops and buy it the old fashioned way from the merchant. I find that this helps to reduce mistakes, packaging and the length of time I have to wait before I can actually get my hands on the product. Occasionally though I am lucky/lazy and I find a deal or two online and I think to myself, why not.

So the other day I ordered a couple of kitchen utensils from Amazon. A standard spatula set to be precise, and this is what turned up.

The box is massive, it’s around the size of three size ten shoeboxes side by side. Surly this must be a mistake. This box is far too big for what I ordered. Oh well I guess I should take a look inside.

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Wow, a ton of packaging. It must be protecting something really fragile and valuable. I wonder what it could be.

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No way.

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Really. All this, for this!

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I’m grateful that I have my spatulas but they could have just sent them in a small padded envelope. I know it’s a small nitpick but it has massive consequences on the environment. Keep up the good work Amazon but reduce the packaging.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.