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The big problem with rubbish

The big problem with rubbish is that we’ve :

  • got too much of it (increases with human consumption),
  • don’t know where to put it, and
  • it doesn’t degrade.

So where does it make most sense to stick rubbish? In our most permanent constructions!
And if we don’t “like” to do that … whose health are we really talking about? Certainly not the oceans’.

On the other hand, the big problem with organic materials (clay, straw, wood, wool, etc.) is that they:

a) are scarce (they decrease with human consumption),
b) they are all needed, as an urgent priority, to create carbon-sinks & get CO2 out of the atmosphere, which we’ll never probably have ‘too much of’,
c) and also that it rots or erodes! Because it’s job IS to be food for microorganisms.

It is going against the nature of these materials to lock them in some structure that tries to prevent them decomposing, for our convenience.

So where does it make most sense to stick organic materials?
In the earth! And growing biomass with it. This is something you cannot do with plastic. Plastic gets in the way of this process, so we need putting it somewhere locked away safely and usefully too. This way, plastic is multifunctional.

Even ‘ecologists’ and ‘permaculture designers’ end up using organic materials to build our most permanent structures and leave our non-destructible rubbish into already stressed-out ecosystems, causing yet more destruction!

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