Today I logged onto Amazon to purchase Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons and What did you expect? by The Vaccines, in CD format. I estimate I own around 300 CDs - built up over years and years. The truth is I listen to very few of them but instead keep them as evidence of how my music tastes have changed, milestones on the journey. They're one of the few things I hoard - other things, such as clothes and books, I am happy to charity shop when I no longer use them.
I've got an I-Pod, and a Kindle for that matter, but haven't been able to fully make the switch. I have been unable to break the need to have something material in my hands.
But what made me cancel my purchase today was the simple thought that I was damaging the environment by continuing this habit. It's not just the carbon footprint of CDs compared to MP3s - to which there has been some debate as to how greener downloads really are - it's the plastic.
I watched Terminator Salvation last night, not the most conceptually-provocative sci-fi story but some light relief after a hard week intellectually, and I wonder whether the future will really be one blighted by nuclear war, or metallic monsters even - or will it be one damned by simple plastic? Certainly, the impact of carrier bags on the ocean suggest we maybe storing up a disasterous legacy for our sons & daughters.
So today I'm making a public pledge, 'giving testimony' as the Quakers say, to end my plastic addiction (and to try with paper books also).