Social Insecurities: Recycling

SARAH BREEN on the DAILY ANXIETIES of MODERN LIFE …

1

Reading an online article and realising with abject horror that you’ve
been recycling incorrectly all these years.

2

Texting everyone in your contacts to see if they were aware of the myriad
rules about what can and can’t go in the green bin. (They were.)

3

Walking around the house chanting “clean, dry and loose”
in the hope the information will permeate.

4

Deciding to strip all fruit and veg of wrapping after the checkout.
Let the German retailers deal with it.

5

Making a mental note to check whether Jo Malone boxes are recyclable.
If not, cancelling Christmas.

6

Painstakingly separating the rope and ribbon handles from all your shopping bags and discovering a new type of buyer’s remorse in the process.

7

Thinking about either entirely banning further clothes shopping until next year, or restricting yourself to genuine vintage buys only.

8

Making a well-deserved drink and feeling incredibly guilty about your years of wanton straw use since you learned that fish are now 80 per cent straw.

9

Buying a KeepCup and delighting not only in the 30c discount on your Starbucks, but also in the knowledge that you’re the greenest person in the office.

10

Ignoring the fact your coffee beans have racked up 5,000 air miles
to get to you. One thing at a time.

Sarah Breen

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