AIBU to be annoyed at how smug this couple seem (DM warning)

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GreatBallsOfFluff Fri 07-Jan-11 09:19:45


I really do admire the effort that they have put in, and I'm all for being green and recycling as much as possible but there are just a few things in the article that really annoy me.

'After what we have achieved this year I don't know how much lower we can go with our rubbish disposal,' said Mrs Strauss.

and the bit about them speaking to the Council to suggest ways in which recycling facilities can be improved. I do try my best with recycling but I don't think I could ever get my landfill down to just one bag a year, and if I ever did get to that point then I would sit quietly proud of myself rather than shout about it to the world.

geezmyfeetarecold Fri 07-Jan-11 09:21:03

Oh well. At least they have a hobby.

MmeLindt Fri 07-Jan-11 09:22:41

Gosh, they are jolly worthy aren't the they?

Doesn't mention if they cycle to the various farm shops and butchers to buy their food, I do hope they are not driving.

horsemadgal Fri 07-Jan-11 09:23:55

3000 crisp packets in a month??

MmeLindt Fri 07-Jan-11 09:27:12

That poor girl has to go around school collecting crisp packets, I bet.

In Germany crisp packets are recycled, I think, but along with other similar items. It would likely be very expensive to set up a crisp packet recycling company.

belgo Fri 07-Jan-11 09:27:25

I wonder how much energy is used in collecting and sending off crisp packets to the other side of the world to be sanitized and made into something else?

GreatBallsOfFluff Fri 07-Jan-11 09:27:47

Exactly MmeLindt - they surely can't go around polluting the air driving a 4x4 grin when they've gone to that much trouble

Jux Fri 07-Jan-11 09:30:51

I think they've done well. I don't think it will make much difference to the overall problem, but hey. I'm not sure that I would call them worthy though. If a paper approached you about that, how would you talk about it?

(FWIW, I was approached by our local paper because I'd been overheard talking about something in our butcher's. I'm sure they'd have made me out to be worthy, indignant or whatever suited their purposes, if I'd agreed to be interviewed. You have very little control over how you are portrayed in the press.)

shhhgobacktosleep Fri 07-Jan-11 09:34:41

And I would imagine that the bulk of the products made with the transported and sanitised crisp packets are bought by tourists ( carbon footprint alert) who eventually bring them home and over time ditch them to become landfill in their own country. Transporting landfill round the globe first is not very green hmm

MmeLindt Fri 07-Jan-11 09:34:57

I wondered that too. We were told in germany not to wash yogurt pots before putting them in recycling bag, as it negates the good of recycling if you waste so much water. Or to wash them out in the water used to wash the dishes.

MmeLindt Fri 07-Jan-11 09:36:39

recycled crisp packet bags from Mexico

borderslass Fri 07-Jan-11 09:41:37

this from last summer
I thought i'd seen this before so checked if it was the same people.

sloggies Fri 07-Jan-11 09:51:10

This is really good if they can reduce waste - wish we could do better, but think we are doing as much as a (realistic) person can...
Am I just being a pedant, or did I only see about 3 razors - surely there must have been more than that, or did he have a beard until just before the photo? I wonder how she manages with leg hair etc?

belgo Fri 07-Jan-11 09:57:00

mmeLindt - We don't recycle yoghurt pots here in Belgium either.

Sloggies - maybe she doesn't shave her legs? I don't either for most of the year. It's not disgusting, it's the way we are made.

geezmyfeetarecold Fri 07-Jan-11 09:58:05

Maybe she isnt that hairy. I can get away with using one of those biy shavers for a year or so.

BaroqinAroundTheChristmasTree Fri 07-Jan-11 09:58:33

I can't see any razors in the picture at all blush

However - I used one razor last year (I very very VERY rarely shave my legs - it's not a legal requirement you know wink).

And it says razor blades not razors -

sloggies Fri 07-Jan-11 09:59:18

I wasn't making a point, I can see how it gave that impression - but allowing for this, he hasn't got a beard though....

geezmyfeetarecold Fri 07-Jan-11 09:59:27

Mind you they seem to have chosen disposable razors rather than a more environmentally sound option.

borderslass Fri 07-Jan-11 10:00:48

Maybe they only use disposable ones occasionally and have electric ones.

sloggies Fri 07-Jan-11 10:00:52

See what you mean baroq

geezmyfeetarecold Fri 07-Jan-11 10:03:53

They seem to have string in their rubbish bag too. Surely they could use that.

sloggies Fri 07-Jan-11 10:03:54

I think I saw 3 blue things on the left of the pic, assumed they were disposable razors, but they are probably pens.

Chil1234 Fri 07-Jan-11 10:04:11

Anyone that obsessed with recycling and cleanliness is clearly using it as a displacement activity for ishoos. I wouldn't be surprised if they have unsavoury private habits and dark secrets...

AmazingBouncingFerret Fri 07-Jan-11 10:05:26

"And now they're turning their attentions to other families' rubbish"

Ugh. I hope they are annoyed by that sentence, it makes them sound so... annoying

frozenfestiveflo Fri 07-Jan-11 10:41:44

I hate to say this but I just find it difficult to beleive. - what happens to unspeakable things like sanitary products? If they are incinerating that has it's own pollution problems - no?

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