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Margaret Shkimba: Recycling needs revamping

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29.04.2019

I'm all lost in the supermarket

I can no longer shop happily ….

The opening lines to The Clash song Lost in the Supermarket reverberate in my head while I do my daily shopping at the supermarket down the street. With such a big store so close, it's like having a pantry out back. I just take a short walk to where almost everything I can imagine to eat is waiting to be picked up off the shelf and put in my basket. Every time I enter the store I marvel at the abundance and selection of foodstuffs and I give thanks that this is how easy shopping can be.

But, as the song suggests, it's no longer a happy experience hunting and gathering my food at the local store. Where before I gave desire its head and filled my cart with whatever my hunger demanded, now I stop and wonder: do I really want this product and its excessive packaging? Can I recycle this packaging? Or is it garbage? Lately, I've been denying myself some of my favourite tasty treats because I can't, in good conscience, put all that plastic packaging into the world just because I want a taste sensation. I have been moved, as many have been I hope, by........

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