Easy energy


You can’t buy the poster from Max Temkin anymore — it’s sold out — but the idea remains:

Max Temkin's poster print "Plastic Spoon" - copyright 2011 Max Temkin

Just wash your spoon, eh?

Tip of the old scrub brush to Grist. For the search engines, full text of the poster below the fold.

Text of the poster, Max Temkin’s “Plastic Spoon”:

IT’S PRETTY AMAZING THAT
OUR SOCIETY HAS REACHED A POINT
WHERE THE EFFORT NECESSARY TO

EXTRACT OIL FROM THE GROUND
SHIP IT TO A REFINERY
TURN IT INTO PLASTIC
SHAPE IT APPROPRIATELY
TRUCK IT TO A STORE
BUY IT AND BRING IT HOME

IS CONSIDERED TO BE LESS EFFORT THAN WHAT IT TAKES
TO JUST WASH THE SPOON WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH IT.

5 Responses to Easy energy

  1. […] time ago I ordered a poster from Max Temkin, the brilliant poster propagandist/artist.  It says that the universe is easy to understand if you speak its language, and that language is […]

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  2. Pangolin says:

    Actually it’s far more energy and food efficient for people to eat in restaurants than in their own homes provided portion sizes are kept reasonable.

    One person can fairly easily prepare food for 30 dinners in a 4 hour afternoon where it might take ten people an hour each to prepare the same meals in distributed households. A commercial dishwasher can then clean all of those dishes with a fraction of the water use and energy cost of home dishwashers. Food waste is minimized if portions are served small with the option of more offered for small additional costs.

    The only reason restaurants are more expensive is that we tax labor rather than resources or wealth. The result is our culture where labor is idle and the rich invest in automation to avoid paying people.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    At Mark’s site (Pseudo-Polymath) I left this comment:

    What government regulation requires plastic ware? How do restaurants get around it?

    Is there no conservation idea you won’t claim is foolish and unworkable? “Penny saved is a penny earned,” in your world threatens copper poisoning (or zinc poisoning, with the modern coins).

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  4. […] noticing the government regulations which basically require plastic ware for public […]

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  5. […] noticing the government regulations which basically require plastic ware for public […]

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