The Plastic Spoon and Oil Addiction In America

  • Published on July 25th, 2011 by
A symbol of our industrial consumer culture?

What does a lowly plastic spoon have to say about American economics, politics, our culture, our lifestyles, and the workings of the world?

A whole lot, believe it or not.

Max Temkin’s poster sums up basically everything that is wrong with the American oil-addicted consumer economy pretty neatly in a single poster.

Really, enough said.

Image credit: flickr via mikko, Max Temkin

About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at:
  • OK – for today the yogurt I ate (in the car) while breathing in ocean air, eating it with a plastic spoon, I washed and put the toxic plasic spoon in my utensil drawer and the next time I want a healthy treat and use another plastic spoon, I will do the same. Soon I may have enough plastic spoons to think ahead and keep one or two in a (plastic :(:(…) bag in the car to supply a large family with table ware. Something to think about, to not fill our land fill with this toxic stuff! It is a start.

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