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A new #1 ‘Most Abhorred’!

For the longest time, #1 on my ‘Most Abhorred’ list were those little plastic tooth floss thingies that you see scattered so carelessly about.

I absolutely loathe picking those #$*^& things up.

Lately, though, a new challenger has surfaced as my most hated piece of junk tossed aside by idiots. It is the cellophane wrapper top from packs of cigarettes. These accursed mini-sheets of plastic are ascending to #1 if only because they outnumber the tooth floss thingies by a 20-to-1 margin. Yeah, that’s an unscientific sampling but it’s close enough for government work.

These cig-pack zip tops are rapidly gaining as my new #1 pet peeve.

These cig-pack zip tops are rapidly gaining as my new #1 pet peeve.

And these zip-off tops are everywhere. It’s not an official walk unless I stoop to pick up a few. Apparently, the tops come with manufacturer instructions to “Toss Carelessly Aside.” It’s one set of orders people are keen to follow.

I’ve yet to devolve to cigarette butts. If I focused on those, I wouldn’t finish my walk in the same year it started.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on A new #1 ‘Most Abhorred’!

  1. Bob Furstenau // September 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm // Reply

    So shows you how stupid the cigarette companies are…they don’t put their logos on the top wrapper. All the rest of the litter is post consumed advertising and I am sure subsidized by our taxes somehow. And, oh yeah…I have always wanted a bumper sticker “smokers…keep your butts off the street”.

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