As regular readers of this blog know, I have been a trash picker for most of my life. The need to litter the environment one is making use of is something I simply cannot comprehend.
One of my favorite Facebook pals is a gentleman who refers to himself as All Washed Up (it is well worth visiting his page) who creates some fabulous sculptural art using trash he collects while beach combing. I am not nearly so inspired with my collection, generally I just bring it home and recycle it.
A few days ago while Ruby and I were making our customary rounds at the Conservation Area where we get our daily exercise, I came across yet one more piece of trash to haul home. It really spiked on the Irony-meter.
The first irony that strikes me whenever I come across an empty bottle alongside a walking path is this. You, the consumer of said drink, have NO problem carrying the bottle while it is full of liquid. However, the instant you have drained it of its contents, when it is at its lightest, it becomes an impossible task to carry it one step further. So you drop it. I simply cannot wrap my head around this.
The second irony is that the consumer has paid money for what amounts to water mixed with high fructose corn syrup and “natural” flavoring. I’m pretty sure that it would be considerably less expensive to mix up sugar and water than what the drink cost at the store where it was procured. Judging by what I have read about high fructose corn syrup, it would probably be better for you too.
The third irony is something that comes out when you read the fine print of the list of ingredients and nutrition facts.
Note that this Lemonade CONTAINS NO JUICE. This fact is so important that it is stated on the label TWICE. Is it not ironic that something sold as lemonade has no actual lemon juice in it? And is it not even more ironic that a beverage that specifically states it contains no juice has pictures of actual fruit on the label?
Note that this beverage is bottled under the joint authority of Dr.Pepper/SevenUp Inc and Sunkist Growers Inc. Why are the Sunkist Growers putting their name on something that contains no juice? Is this not ironic? I suppose that it is a heck of a lot easier to mix up the chemical soup listed above than it is to actually grow lemons for lemon juice and then make it into lemonade, but it seems very odd to me.
It also seems ironic that this is described as a “natural lemon flavored drink with other natural flavors” and yet when you read the ingredients there are actually no truly natural flavors listed. It does say natural flavors, but these are actually simply mixtures of alcohols, esters, and other chemicals that the FDA have decided (in their infinite wisdom) to allow manufacturers to refer to as “natural.” And I’m not sure why one needs to add preservatives to a mixture of water and sugar, but I suppose that one needs to preserve the integrity of the yellow dye #5 and acacia gum and prevent the mixture from accidentally turning into artificially flavored wine.
I don’t know. I never buy the stuff. Isn’t it ironic that the containers for these kinds of products wind up in my recycling bin on a daily basis?