Well, it had to come to this really, didn't it? The circle of absurdity is complete. Being green is bad for the environment.
Visiting the local garden centre for a few already sprouted herbs and vegetables, and grabbing a couple of brightly promising flowering plants for the front yard apparently makes Mother Nature very, very angry :
The horticultural industry has its own overpackaging problem - common or garden plant pots, spewing out of sheds and littering paths until they eventually get chucked into landfill. We get through some 500m each year in the UK.
It's an inglorious secret for a supposedly green industry. RHS environmental advisor Rebecca Matthews-Joyce points out that 'from an environmental perspective, the true beauty of a plant is its ability to replenish itself without a scrap of waste being generated ... Gardeners, however, are piling up a problem for the future, a plastic-pot mountain that won't rot away.'
There is a solution. Make a scene :
...we plant-buyers need to make more fuss. The louder we shout, the more prepared the horticultural industry will be to move towards offering more recycling.Trouble's brewing at the garden centre...