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"I'm an environmentalist"

Grocery store, Seattle, early 1990's —

I dreamt that I had figured out how to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch....

I was in queue behind a woman who was buying a huge box of corn flakes. The cashier, a young man, did not approve. He didn't agree with buying goods in such large packages.

"I'm an environmentalist," he said....

But a larger package is more environmentally-friendly than a smaller one.

If you make a box that is twice as tall, wide, and deep, you will have used four times as much cardpaper — and the resulting box will hold 8 times as many cornflakes.

The environmentalist/cashier didn't want to hear about it.