Thursday, 2 July 2009

Sanitary Flu

I popped up to our local cafe to enjoy some lunch and encountered something intriguing, if not amusing. (This is after they installed a foam dispenser to clean your hands with whenever you go in.)

The place has a range of products available: sandwiches, croissants, cookies, scones, muffins, pastries, lamingtons, etc., etc. Nice, not too expensive, conveniently close.

However, due entirely to the flu pandemic, each and every item is individually wrapped. Everything. Scones. Croissants. Lamingtons.

Okay, okay, I get it, we want to be sanitary, but I am also wondering about the environmental impact. Is the plastic biodegradable? They have been taking care to have wrappings and such for minimal impact, but even so. If everyone was doing this, environmentally sound or not, that has to have an impact...

And, further, the knife and fork cutlery has changed from metal into plastic utensils and napkin... again wrapped in plastic. And yet, the teaspoon with my drink was a metal one.

"Extreme reaction" comes to mind.


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