A simple, low-cost proposal to reduce pollution

October 20, 2018 by Joshua
in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

smoking warning

How’s this for simple and effective: Require all single-use items to carry a message that they pollute. I’m not sure the best wording, but something like:

Short version:

This object pollutes and is unnecessary. Please reuse durable alternatives.

Long version:

This object pollutes and is unnecessary. Making it created greenhouse gases and depletes resources. Disposing of it poisons our food supply. It may take centuries to break down. Using it makes you responsible. Please reuse durable alternatives.

The messages don’t mandate behavior, so it’s not a nanny-state action. It provides information to make the market more transparent and companies more accountable. Nations around the world do it with tobacco, nicotine, and alcohol.

nicotine warning

alcohol warning

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