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Umweltkolumne

Dispose sustainably? Perhaps tomorrow.

Our planned podcast on the subject of rubbish didn't work out because we practically choked on the diversity of the subject.

  Claudia Ermel | 20.01.2019

Fortunately, the professionals have taken on the issue of recycling and rubbish. The latest issue of the magazine Spiegel brings it to the point "what at least environmentally conscious consumers in German society have long suspected. In the detailed cover story of Issue 4/2019, the authors explain how thoughtlessly we handle our packaging waste. We. That's you and me. This is our economy, our government, the EU, the whole world.

Better late than never, it comes to me only once more. After all, as a good citizen, we meticulously collect and separate our household waste ever since the dual system was introduced in Germany, ie since 1990. Although the littering of the oceans shows that the insight comes quite late. When it finally comes. Because the very detailed article in the Spiegel makes it clear that we have created a wonderfully comfortable life through our "exemplary" waste separation. And that our meticulously collected and sorted garbage on detours can still land in the sea.

But Romania, or even Malaysia or China where, the resourceful entrepreneurs filled with our garbage are sooooo far away. As soon as we have filled our yellow bag, we are only too happy to give up the responsibility. What does it matter to me, if now my uncleaned fish cans stinking along with my fermenting yogurt cups on the other side of the globe in front of him? However, hardly anyone takes seriously the fact that there is a complicated ecosystem all over the world that can also enrich my food, my drinking water and the respiratory air with microscopic plastic particles.

Toxicologist Rosemarie Waring says in another Spiegel article in 4/2019: "We still know too little about the possible consequences of microplastic uptake for the health. As a precaution,the amount of plastic that gets into the environment has to be drastically reduced. "

Hello? Did somebody make those responsible in business and politics clear? Of course, at the moment, a lot is happening in recycling research. There are enzymes that are used in conjunction with plastic in 100% degradable containers, microbes that "eat" plastic, and there is a process that can finally break down PET bottles into its components. But currently plastic is still being produced day by day, and almost unimpeded, the industrial packaging craze continues. The supermarkets still sell cucumbers and bananas wrapped in plastic. Until she no longer buys or until someone forbids it.

And we? We continue to dutifully fill our yellow bags every day, even though they only land on a huge landfill in Malaysia and eventually contribute to the littering of the oceans. The clock is ticking so long ago. We are practically up to our necks in our own garbage.

Tomorrow I'll go to the Lose Laden.

You can find our comic about garbage here

Incidentally, the Werkstatt-Workshop for upcycling beverage packs is free.

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