Reduce! Reuse! … Recycle?

Recycle!  Recycle?Ever since elementary school I can remember the environmental mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It is something that has been ingrained into our collective conscious here in the States. How could we ever question it? Well, continuing with my theme of controversial posts, I thought I would tick a few people off by telling them not to recycle! (via LGF: Recycling: Nothing More Than Feelings)

The famous mantra is listed in order of importance, which is a good thing. Reducing consumption, trash, whatever, is a good thing. By reducing how much stuff we use or buy, fewer materials will be used and less energy used. Ok, sounds good. Reusing products is also a good thing. I am sure washing reusable plates is better than buying and throwing away paper plates (although sometimes that is so convenient!). I can get on board with that. Now what about recycling? This is a little more dubious because I am completely removed from the process and cannot really see if it is benefiting anything. It seems like it would, we have been told that it does. But does it actually help the environment or am I just wasting time and the government wasting money?

The funny fellows Penn and Teller have tackled this issue on their show with interesting results. The half hour clip is below. If you haven’t seen their show, please beware, explicit language is involved and is not intended for sensitive types so before you are offended, don’t watch it.

For those that do watch it: What do you think of their claims? Let me know!

UPDATE: Google has removed the video. :( If anyone can find it anywhere else, let me know, I cannot find it!

Categories: Social Commentary
  1. salmypal
    February 11th, 2007 at 21:28 | #1

    That was high-larious! No more recycling paper products. We can burn those here and use the ash for the soil in our garden. Cans only! Wow, it’s amazing…all that time and energy wasted.

  2. February 12th, 2007 at 08:43 | #2

    Matt, you’re my hero! It’s always bemused me how people think that doing things they _think_ are helpful somehow guarantees they’re doing good, without actually trying to figure out if they are _actually_ helpful.

    The road to Hell…

  3. February 12th, 2007 at 15:42 | #3

    Kinda sad that all that time was wasted separating all those recyclables! And yeah, all that paper can just be used in home!

    Heh, thanks Gordon! I think LGF’s title really sums things up: Nothing more than feelings. I feels like it should be helpful. But it would be nice to back feelings up with reality…

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