The Landfill Prize

Somebody posted a link to this site on an e-list. I have been wondering what I would nominate for the Landfill Prize.

Looking at the nominations so far, I think I would award the prize to

The £150 toothbrush
– “The Philips Sonicare Flexcare brush comes with it’s own ultraviolet-light sanitising equipment, as well as a whole lot of other bells and whistles. But a survey by Which? in November 2007 found that it performed only as well as a £3 electric brush. Ordinary manual brushes can prove just as effective as high-end electrics if used properly, adds the survey.”


I used to work in a fancy dress shop in Brighton. I loved it apart from the boss, who has since sold the shop. The new manager offered me some work there again recently. I was tempted, it seems a much healthier working environment these days. But as I looked around the shop, taking in the dozens of small plastic, flashing, glittering, sparkling, novelty items and the huge array of pvc clothing, giant rubber boots and life-sized skeletons, rubber bats and inflatable parrots I realised a shocking fact: there are a huge number of businesses that are fundamentally unsustainable. What on earth will small businesses like this one do when plentiful cheap oil starts to run dry?

I’m part of the Transition Brighton and Hove Business and Economy Group. This is just the sort of thing I envisage us being asked for help with. I just don’t know where to start. Our whole economy seems totally unsustainable, not just individual businessses. One thing that gives me hope is that we are fully addressing this conundrum as a group. I feel like we’re taking the problem seriously and not just looking for the easiest answers. I just hope there are some answers out there for us to find.

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