The UK remains on course to retain its throwaway culture

As a new government report on waste fails to make a splash, the UK’s unsustainable economy looks likely to continue to generate excessive waste, writes Tim Cooper Issuing a waste prevention programme at the peak of the Christmas shopping period might have been a master stroke by the coalition government. What better time to highlight and address the excesses of consumerism? Presents that are cheap and cheerful, designed for the moment rather than a long life, and little more expensive than the glossy, excessive packaging that supposedly communicates the giver’s generous feelings towards the recipient?

Yet the timing has proven less successful. Far from hitting the headlines, the coalition government’s new report, Prevention is Better than Cure, has evidently been wholly disregarded by national broadcast and print media alike. — Full Story at The Guardian

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