McDonald’s Princess Bubblegum Happymeal toy and e-waste

This is a packet from a McDonald’s Princess Bubblegum Happymeal toy:

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It had blown off the street into our driveway.

The bag is made in China, the contents are made in Vietnam, and it is distributed in New Zealand and Australia.

There are some pretty strong parallels between this incident and the whole e-waste problem. That is a long bow to draw you might say so let me explain.  A lot of cheap commodity electronics items are made in China from parts made there and elsewhere.  They are distributed around the world. At the end of their useful life they are discarded, sometimes on roadsides.

To me it also epitomises the uncaring, wasteful society in which we live.

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About Alan Liefting

Alan Liefting is the founder, a shareholder, and the Managing Director of Ecotech Services. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily represent those of Ecotech Services Ltd.

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