Every week I can see how, in Barcelona, more and more bio or eco shops are opening. Apart from the fact that some of these shops are undoubtedly tricking their customers on the real origin of their products, I was wondering the other day if this new trend is going to be temporary or if it is really a new way of living.
Indeed, people are every day more concerned about their health and, as a consequence, choose to go to this kind of shops and to buy eco or bio.
However, when I see some of these persons catching their big car to go from home to their office or to the eco/bio shop, which is located less than 500 meters distant, I cannot stop smiling (ironically of course) when they say they are concerned about environment and about pollution because it is harmful to their health.
It is obviously useless to think if this kind of people, when driving to buy eco or bio products, is caring about the provenance of these products, of the way they have been brought to the shop (contaminating or not), of the way they are packed (recycled and recyclable plastic, glass, carton, tin,…?),…
There is a shop for example near my house, where they sell fresh milk that comes from a close farm (according to what they say). Good up to now. However, they propose you to pour the milk in a glass bottle (ok) or in a plastic one… the worst comes when they place the chosen bottle in a plastic bag!
But, coming back to the people I was talking about before, the ones who catch their car to go to a place where they could easily go walking and are supposedly concerned about environment, the best comes when they say you that they prefer to put on the air conditioning instead of opening the windows because the air of the street is too polluted. Paradoxical, isn’t it?
Anyway time will tell but I really hope this is not a new way for a few people to make a lot of money taking advantage of the others.