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June 18, 2008

The fact that big business never really pays for its environmental impacts is a frequent criticism raised by environmentalists.

Basically, business gets to place stress and wear and tear on the earth and its atmosphere, without having to pay for the privilege.

The Guardian has an interesting factoid about this phenomenon in the chewing gum industry where it apparently costs 3p to make and 10p to clean up.

It’s interesting when you see the huge gap between cost and cost of clean-up and it would be great to see more examples of the gap between the cost of production and disposal.

Posted by Ed Cotton

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