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Lang Vocabulary. One Trip

Lang Vocabulary. One Trip

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Published by Miquel-Àngel
Short text to find collocations on the topic of recycling. Later the learner can produce a richer spoken text
Short text to find collocations on the topic of recycling. Later the learner can produce a richer spoken text

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Published by: Miquel-Àngel on Feb 25, 2012
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Language work-Unit3. One-trip livingPackaging has become part of our daily life. To begin with, the product that mostpeople consume in our shops nowadays, and the one we use only once ispackaging. Shopaholic, homo shopping, Shop until you drop. However, we have notseen environmentally responsible developments to the marketplace yet.Whenever this shopping spree appeared in Spain is uncertain, but we areenthusiatically part of the Americanised way of life. The span of life of anycomponent (being it a metal container, plastic made or a simple potter) will last alifetime to be destroyed.Before the 1950s the population went to the market to buy foodstuff (cooked,uncooked, raw, transformed, be it veggies, meat, pastries and so on) with their owncontainers, so that all sorts of pots made many journeys from the market place toour homes, and back. The growth of urban trends and modern processes of foodproduction changed all that, as any mother has borne witness of the consumeristshift. Because the food items must be shipped from place to place while the ever increased diversity of foods available and the convenience of precooked meals, it isodd for the consumer in a consumer-driven society to collect many foods in their own containers.Let’s consider the real costs to pay for a new container each time weacquired packaged juice, canned soft drinks and other dairy products. Yet there is arising tide towards one-trip bottles for all these items as any shopper to Carrefour can confirm. The weird case of the returnable bottled soft-drinks in the 1980s hasclearly shown how much these new containers add to the upward trend of waste.To put things into perspective we must go to the USA, where until the late1950s they could use the bottles by paying in advance a small quantity of moneyeach time they bought one. If we move a decade forward, the bottlers had made uptheir minds about improving their margins if we paid a reasonable price for thedoubtful priviledge of throwing the bottle instead. To start with, 30 one-trip cans or bottles replaced the humble returnable bottle lasting at least 20 or more trips.

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