What is the definition of \”waste\”?

Research has shown that one in three women leave the shower running while they shave their legs, wasting around 50?billion litres of water a year.

You might think that women are wasting the globe\’s precious razor blade reserves by shaving their legs at all. You might think, as Thames Water seems to, that women are wasting water by shaving their legs in a manner that is convenient to those women.

However, \”waste\” is one of those things, as with value, which is the eye of the consumer, not the beholder of said consumer. As long as women are paying the price for the water they use then their decision to use it in a particular manner is not waste. It is simply their preferred method of consumption.

If they\’re not paying the full and just price then the problem is with the price being charged which is what has to be changed.

To take a different but logically the same example. If I buy Bollinger and pour it down the neck of some young pretty to seduce her am I wasting Bollinger? Is the answer different if she does or does not know her cava from her spumante?

The correct answer is that it\’s none of your damn business: I\’ve paid for the champers and shall use it as I wish, thank you very much.

(As an aside it\’s just occured to me that young prettys should in fact be on offer free to middle aged men. Under a proper and truly socialist system of course. For the charms of the young prettys are simply natural endowments, no more the product of their labour than land and thus righteously available to all at no fee.)

9 thoughts on “What is the definition of \”waste\”?”

  1. An aside note: in my home town, water saving campaigns lead to reduced consumption. Which lead to problems, because there was less water flowing in the sewers, which would get stuck.

    So, the water company had to flush the sewers with clean water that did not go through anyone’s toilet or shower. Was that waste? Perhaps, but on the other hand, they were probably able to flush the sewers only in the more critical places, so perhaps the overall consumption of clean water was less. On the other hand, where I live, clean water is not really a scarce resource at all.

    So, I’m pretty irritated by having to comply to EU standards for washing machines, designed based on the needs of Germany and the Netherlands, so that the washing machine spends three hours to splash around three litres of water. I’d rather spend twice the amount of water, less electricy and less time.

  2. I think East Germany had a policy as in your last paragraph – as long as you were a middle aged party official. The perfect State

  3. We would then need government inspectors to judge the extent to which each gal’s prettiness was due no natural endowments rather than exercise, hard dieting or plastic surgery.


  4. I am beginning to understand better why commie girls are so unmaintained.

    How the hell do you get through life at all if you have to worry about turning the shower off while shaving, back on afterwards, and whether a tree was felled in an aboreal forest at any point in the shampoo supply chain.

  5. “Is the answer different if she does or does not know her cava from her spumante?”

    You could divine a great deal about your “young pretty”, depending on whether she spits it out or swallows….


  6. Water meters were installed in the Isle of Wight as a pilot project years ago. When there’s a ‘drought’*, guess which bit of the South doesn’t usually have a hosepipe ban?

    * drought, as in, it hasn’t pissed it down during the whole of one of the Met’s ‘barbecue summers’

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