Monday, September 11, 2006
Supermarket recycling in the UK shows more societal differences
European consumers are far more aware of issues such as recycling and global warming than US consumers are. They are prepared to make real changes in their lives to meet the needs. while energy use in the US continues to climb per capita, in Europe it is dropping. Supermarkets in the UK are moving towards compostable packaging in the case of Sainsbury, or reuse of shopping bags in the case of Tesco. No one in Europe seriously challenges the idea that gasoline taxes need to be high to keep prices as a disincentive to use. Meanwhile in the US, the idea that prices should be low is the prevailing philosophy.