Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Salad Shame

I can’t say that I’ve ever had my lunch analyzed by the amount of trash it produces, but there’s a first time for everything. And if it had to happen, it makes sense that it happened in Switzerland. No matter what I do in this country, trash always seems to get the better of me in a way that I have never experienced in the United States.

People here have a strange relationship with garbage. They tie paper to be recycled in bundles so neat you’d think it was some kind of contest. They carry around things like batteries, bottles, and plastics and dispose of them in all different locations. They even unwrap things they buy at the store so they don’t have to deal with the packaging later. These people spend a lot of time with their trash. But then again, wouldn’t you if your police had nothing better to do than to cruise the streets looking for people who put their garbage out wrong and then fine them SFr 250?

Anyhow, I give Switzerland credit. The country is very clean. But does it really give someone the right, in front of all my colleagues during lunch, to criticize my store-bought salad from Coop because of the amount of trash that will be left over after I eat it? All of a sudden I’m self-conscious and ashamed—by a few pieces of lettuce.

It doesn’t take much in Switzerland.

So tomorrow I think I’ll eat alone at my desk.

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