Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Save the world, Think Green: Glasses
This glass, looks very nice and very classy. Often, when I have visitors, I pop open a bottle of wine and serve them in these wine globes. Invariably, one always breaks, because they are so delicate.
This nice looking glass can be deadly. The term used is glassing. When I watch Chinese movies, the beer bottle becomes a lethal weapon especially when it is smashed prior to the attack, and then gripped by the remaining base of the glass or neck of the bottle with the broken shards protruding outwards. Or even when the whole bottle in plonked on someone's head. It seems very funny watching it on TV. But in reality, it is not so funny.
I have friends who are doctors and they spend weekends stitching up faces or heads of glassed victims.
In Queensland, Australia, the premier Anne Bligh had wanted to introduce a ban on using glasses in pubs and bars because the glassing problem is so bad.
A raft of Supreme Court actions over the glass ban forced the Office of Liquor Licensing to delay action on the original 41 ''high-risk'' venues.
The bans were due to come into force on December 1 but will now be delayed until early February.
More than 100 licensees have already chosen to voluntarily switch to non-regular glass, such as tempered glass or plastic cups.
People are against the ban. I am not a drinker, and I can't say if drinking from tempered glass or plastic will make the beer or alcohol less "delicious" or drinkable?
To what extend should I include this topic under my environmental issue? Yesterday, I got Sam to think about using a towel and we both were surprised how many issues there are involved in the mere action of using a towel.
On the same token, what about glass?
What is glass made off? Few years ago, the water engineer when we were in Singapore bought back some beautiful white Australian sand. We gave Sam the most beautiful sand pit in urban Singapore. Everyone commented what beautiful, soft white sand. The water engineer said it was high grade Australian sand used for making glass.
Sand is not going to last for ever.
If drinking glasses are glassed by drunks.
My year one student will tell me that the pub owner will have to buy more glasses.
My year two student will tell me that the factory will have to make more glasses.
My year three student will tell me that miners will have to mine more sand.
The seniors who are well aware of environmental issues will tell me, at this rate, soon there will be no more sand.
As for the drunks, they can rot in prison for all I care.