Thneeds

Traditionally, Environmental Action’s Thneed Trophy is awarded to a product or service that, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ invention in The Lorax, is “something that everybody wants, but nobody needs” and that’s bad for the environment.But this month’s winner is something that very few people want, nobody needs, and would blight a part of the environment most people wouldn’t […]

The modern drive to “give me convenience or give me death” can be found even in the most intimate corners of American life.For example, take the act of, shall we say, human posterior hygiene (aka butt-wiping).While Europeans (especially those in the southern part of the continent) commonly use bidets to minimize the need for paper wipes, Americans have […]

Image credits: StaffIt’s bad enough for the environment that more than 400 billion plastic bottles will be used this year for water. It’s even worse that 70 percent of those sold in the U.S. won’t be recycled. The rest end up in landfills or in tiny pieces scattered across land and water, where they’re unwittingly and often fatally consumed […]
plastic pumpkin

The winner of October’s Thneed Trophy is . . .The Styrofoam  “Orange Harvest Pumpkin” sold by Walmart and many other fine outlets for your Halloween decorating delights. For a mere $23.49, you can pick up (and toss around, unlike the heavier vegetable version) this 7 ¾” by 9 ¾” beauty, safe in the knowledge that it will still be around […]

The winner of the September 2018 Thneed Trophy is the ever-so-humble one-time-use plastic straw.Yes, it’s darned convenient and it makes it easier to drive while drinking (soda). But, unless you have particular disabilities, is it really necessary? Ask the sea turtle with a straw crammed up his nose. Think about the tiny plastic beads swimming in your beer. And the […]

I think that I will never seeA poem as uglyAs a gas-powered jet ski. The winner of the July 2018 Thneed Trophy is the Burrasca personal watercraft (aka “jet ski”).Called by its advocates “a monster on the water”[1] but a “monster to the water” by its critics, the Burrasca is supposedly the fastest jet ski on the market today…and the most […]