Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Reviews of WTWTCH?

Another review for the book - this one absolutely excellent. I really am starting to feel what I had hoped for all along - that this book could make a significant difference to the future path of the world. Yesterday, Barnes and Noble reviewed it and boy - is it good!

Barnes and Noble review



Nick Palmer said...

If any one finds they cannot make a comment - getting an error message instead - as far as I know there is nothing wrong "my end of the pipe"

Anonymous said...

You'll find "The Garbage Patch" and "World biggest garbage dump - plastic in the Ocean" videos rather depressing.

Nick Palmer said...

I already saw a much longer film about this subject. I hadn't seen the shot of the turtle with the band around it which had constricted and distorted it as it grew - that was shocking. This plastic dump comes from two main sources - plastic junk that gets into rivers and gets carried out to sea and garbage thrown overboard from ships. I just had a nasty thought - if bales of plastic are being transported for recycling to other countries - and the price per tonne drops - some unscrupulous carriers may jettison it overboard. I hope not.

On land, I think we need to be cautious about biodegradable plastics - some are made from corn starch and, composted properly, can break down harmlessly (although this is unlikely to happen in a home compost heap). Some biodegradable plastic bags break down to millions of tiny (invisible) pieces of plastic which I think conclusively demonstrates that they are not "green" products at all, but are examples of "greenwash" by manufacturers complying (in a bad way) with what they think the consumer wants.

Re-usable packaging/bags are generally far better which is why Jersey's commitment to reducing plastic bag use is, surprisingly, not too far behind the pack. Lots of other places are talking about following Ireland's lead (click on this link) but, for once we ARE in the vanguard of those who have done something about it! (N.B. note that China banned the "white pollution" in 2008).