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Re: A&E.A recycling material

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:43:15 GMT


Hi Anna. I liked your letter and agree that we need to recycle more and
waste less. But I noticed you said:"I think that it is pretty ironic that
it is only in this country
>that there is such a big compain for recycling and preserving our natural
>resources." I must tell you that you are not the only ones. In Iceland
>there is a big campaign going on all the time for recycling and certainly
>for preserving our natural resources. I do sometimes think you americans
>are not quite aware of what goes on f.example in Scandinavia. For the most
>part we keep our countries very clean and try very hard to take care of
>our natural resources, recycle etc. Just thought IŽd let you know. Regards
>from the far north, Rosa

>THE ISSUE
>
>Because I have done a little traveling I learned that we as Americans are
>extremely wasteful; even though the U.S. also happens to be the cleanest
>country I have ever seen. (Never been to Canada). It wasn't until I went
>away that I became concerned with the issues of recycling and general
>wasting. I think that it is pretty ironic that it is only in this country
>that there is such a big compain for recycling and preserving our natural
>resources. One thing that I found is a general conception about Americans
>is that we waste because we have so much money. i.e. at a fast food joint
>in Italy they will only give you one pack of ketchup for a large order of
>fries, while here they will give you limitless amounts of ketchup.
>Ketchup costs money was what I always heard along with "You spoiled
>American". As americans we want everything to be new and shiney and
>clean and are disappointed when we do not get these things. In other
>poorer countries people are making wonderful useful and beautiful things
>out of discarded "Trash". That is why I am so fascinated with Assane Faye
>the "recycling entrepreneur" who turns broken, misprinted, and discarded
>metal pieces into tin breifcases. In fact these have cought on as trendy
>and have attracted the attention of many foriegn clients...i.e. Americans.
>
>MY ISSUE: How can we make the idea of recycled objects "trendy" enough so
> that us "spoiled Americans" are more turned on to recycling and
> turned off to so much wasting.
>
>
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