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  • Halloween vs extinction rebellion
  • Premier Icon stumpyjon
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    Anyone else uneasy with the amount of single use tat on sale in the supermarkets at the moment. Given the focus extinction rebellion / Attenborough have brought to our currently unsustainable lifestyles it’s a bit depressing seeing the pointless consumption of significant amounts of useless plastic which is getting worse each year. Anyone else thinking extinction rebellion have a long way to go to make people realise they need to change, starting with cutting back on the really pointless consumption.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Have you been in a Chinese pipe with regard to the news this week…..

    Premier Icon brownsauce
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    I had exactly the same thought doing my shopping in Asda today – several isles of novelty halloween tat that will become landfill fodder within 2 weeks.

    I didnt give any consideration to the Ex.R aspect but did conclude this event is grossly over commercialised and wasteful

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Christmas, Halloween and the like pretty much sum up why we are buggered. Orgies of utterly wasteful consumerism.

    When push comes to shove profit margin always wins.

    Premier Icon Lionheart
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    All a bit bah humbug but have thought the same for much of Christmas for years. Totally agree on the hallowe’en stuff but we live in a small village, rarely go near big shops so don’t see that stuff..

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    estimated 2000 tonnes of plastic tat will be thrown away on Halloween, mostly sold in super markets. Half will go to Landfill and half will be ‘recycled’ by local authorities by shipping it to Indonesia where they’ll just tip it into the sea.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Fwiw it’s been on various news outlets all week how wasteful of plastic Halloween is.

    Premier Icon stumpyjon
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    Trail_rat, I’d not seen that but good news. I find Halloween worse than Christmas, at least Christmas lasts a couple of weeks and most people reuse their decorations each year.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    It’s quite easy to not buy this shit you know.

    Premier Icon stumpyjon
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    I dont buy it (hate Halloween) but loads of people obviously do fuelled by the supermarkets making it available. Bit of a case of demand created by availability.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I’d not seen that but good news.

    Not really, won’t make the slightest dent in sales and they’ll be 1000 more tonnes of tat bobbing around the Pacific in a few months times….

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Anyone else thinking extinction rebellion have a long way to go to make people realise they need to change

    a. I’m not really sure that’s their job

    b. Their hands are a bit full trying to get governments to take action on climate change as we are all a bit too shit to all  take action of our own accord 🙁

    but you are right.  Add also plastic tat given away with kids meals.  That stuff should have the shit taxed out of it, and then some

    Premier Icon fossy
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    We’ve always boxed the Halloween stuff up for the next year. Not bothering this year as my two are 16 and 19 and not bothered. Not even doing pumpkins.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Change often happens slowly even when awareness changes quickly, leading to frustration.

    Sometimes it seems like half the economy is based on plastic tat, but hopefully that can change with the help of more legislation in the near future. It wasn’t that hard with plastic bags, eh?

    Though obviously our parliament has been rather distracted the last few years.

    Premier Icon esselgruntfuttock
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    Not even doing pumpkins.

    There was an article on the radio the other day about how many pumpkins are literally wasted each year for Halloween. Most people just carve them out & hoy the flesh away, not even knowing theyr’e actually edible!
    What a waste of time Halloween is.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Most people just carve them out & hoy the flesh away, not even knowing theyr’e actually edible!
    What a waste of time Halloween is.

    Erm, totally biodegradable product on which kids can practice arty-crafty skills and facilitates inter-generational social contact in local neighbourhoods.

    Takes a bit of a miseryguts to object to that side of it, surely?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Apparently squirrels love pumpkins, if you want to recycle them. They do struggle with the carving though with such tiny hands.

    And I can’t find a link but I’m sure I saw that McDonald’s were stopping the plastic toys in happy meals in response to pressure which is great news.

    Premier Icon regenesis
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    Burger King did MCTD after some young girl campaigned.
    7 million costumes binned according to the news

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    And I can’t find a link but I’m sure I saw that McDonald’s were stopping the plastic toys in happy meals in response to pressure which is great news

    If that was true it would be fantastic, off to do a web search

    edit: looks like you are right 🙂

    From today, all plastic toys offered in children’s meals at UK branches of Burger King will be removed.

    WooHoo

    From next month, McDonald’s customers can swap the plastic toys given in children’s Happy Meals for a fruit bag, and from next year, for a book

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha – fruit bags :), nice idea

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Takes a bit of a miseryguts to object to that side of it, surely?

    You’ve come to the right place.

    I’ll be digging out the Halloween stuff that we’ve had for about between 12-16 years now as just like xmas decorations they can be stored.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Sometimes it seems like half the economy is based on plastic tat, but hopefully that can change with the help of more legislation in the near future. It wasn’t that hard with plastic bags, eh?

    It’s not for Governments to legislate for it, it’s for Governments to educate people and for those people to not buy the shit.

    Simple.

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Pumpkins may be biodegradable, but the fuel used to plant, harvest and transport them isn’t.

    Ban Halloween I say.

    Premier Icon butcher
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    I don’t know whether it’s an age thing, but I’d never have given it a second thought a few years back. Nowadays I have exactly the same reaction as the OP. Not even just in regards to the environment, but the messages we convey to our kids when we repeatedly buy them useless throwaway junk. Consumerism for consumerism’s sake. We can do better than that.

    Pumpkins may be biodegradable, but the fuel used to plant, harvest and transport them isn’t.

    Bring back turnips.

    Premier Icon thepurist
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    Most people just carve them out & hoy the flesh away, not even knowing theyr’e actually edible!

    There’s a difference between pumpkins grown for carving and those grown for eating.   While carving pumpkins won’t kill you they’re (apparently) a bit flabby and insipid compared to a proper edible one.   Worth making sure what you’ve got before using it for pumpkin pie.

    Premier Icon mjsmke
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    It seems odd that we are encouraged to re use plastic bags yet so many things are sold in plastic bags. Do shops pay 10p for every bag they use? I think shops should have the same rule and re use the plastic packaging their deliveries come in.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    There’s a difference between pumpkins grown for carving and those grown for eating. While carving pumpkins won’t kill you they’re (apparently) a bit flabby and insipid compared to a proper edible one. Worth making sure what you’ve got before using it for pumpkin pie.

    Dunno, I’ve always eaten them, roasted or in soup, £/lb they’re very cheap veg this time of year!

    Dead easy to grow too, pretty much just plant the seedlings and let them get on with it around the borders.

    Premier Icon cheers_drive
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    We picked ours from a local farm, more expensive than a supermarket but my daughter enjoyed the picking.
    This year we made pumpkin soup with the flesh and roasted the seeds with sea salt and paprika (really good). Both were very easy to do.
    Whether they are eaten or not the pumpkins are a tiny problem compare the plastic tat.

    Premier Icon mrwhyte
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    Can we not go back to a good old sacrifice at Halloween instead of buying plastic tat?

    Premier Icon twinw4ll
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    I would ban celebrations of any kind, totally pointless drivel, fools excuse for making false happiness.
    Stay miserable and keep expectations low for rock solid mental wellness.

    Premier Icon Dickyboy
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    Anyone else uneasy with the amount of publicity the use of plastic is getting at the moment.

    Whilst ignoring the elephant in the room?

    Premier Icon redthunder
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    Aldi today. Woman in front of me and the whole belt was full up with Halloween tat and crisps.

    I did’nt see any money shot items on the belt, like 20 bottles of gin or a TV for example.

    She coughed up £189. WFT.

    Each to thier own I suppose.

    Premier Icon jjprestidge
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    richmars

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    Pumpkins may be biodegradable, but the fuel used to plant, harvest and transport them isn’t.

    Ban Halloween I say.

    Humans create huge amounts of CO2 just by breathing. Perhaps we should ban that.

    JP

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