Briefly, I have to dump a recurring thought here.
I walk into the kitchenette, dispense a cup of water into a paper cup, drink, and toss the paper cup into the trash.
How very American!
However, oftentimes, I take a little mental time travel related to our consumable lifestyle.
Imagine for a moment, that the cup is made of paper, the paper was made of a tree, the tree was in a forest for decades before it was harvested.
So with a flick of the wrist, I fulfilled the purpose of all that time and energy. Water to lips. Drink. Discard. Move on.
Would we be better off if we ease ourselves away from such a consumable lifestyle?
I know that I should, but only intermittently do I carry a ceramic mug to drink water. And I should extend this to using a metal spoon that I wash after I eat oatmeal at work.
The silver lining to the upturn of fuel prices is that we all have to think more and more about this and not simply take a mental time travel from time to time as an intellectual exercise.
Imagine how much more efficient our world would be if we each make a small effort in this area.