I saw a truck last night which had a compact disc stuck on the back as a reflector, and it was working pretty well gleaming there in the dark. A whole line of them stuck there would work brilliantly in dazzling the driver behind you. The masses in India are really innovative in the way they use and re-use and re-re-use things. This is because of poverty most of the time, but also due to a deeply ingrained philosophy that it is wrong to waste anything. Waste not, want not. We should learn from them. The traditional Indian village was largely self-sufficient, with little need to import things from neighbouring towns, and little waste. Lets hope we don’t lose this way of life and hopelessly go down the ‘we want more’ road.
A fellow student who went on an exchange programme to Italy was presenting her work and told us of how in Italy, bad looking vegetables are often thrown out during the long and complex sifting that vegeables go through there. The vegetable is actually edible, but is just a not so red (or green), maybe bruised, or unshapely. If that isn’t the most shockingly wasteful thing I have heard of, then I don’t know what is. If they just sent all those vegetables to India, a lot of us would gladly eat them.