Sir Winston and Mr Midnight were in the cellar, waiting patiently for their evening meal. Sir Winston thought he would use the time to have a small wash while Mr Midnight stared at the rows of cat food tins and pouches aligned neatly on the shelf opposite.
May I interrupt you for a moment Sir Winston? I have a small question which you may be able to answer.
Sir Winston was in the middle of his evening wash but he stopped just to say;
Fire away Mr M. I`m just finishing the last final strokes to my early evening care program.
It was playing on my mind, but do you think our food grows in those strange flimsy, slippery things daddy opens when he serves us our food?
There´s also the long, twiggy food he gives us as a snack. That also seems to be carefully protected in shiny, slippery, unedible stuff. I`m not sure if it grows on those big, graceful things, like in the garden, but I do know that the heavy, shiny things do not grow in our green kingdom. Daddy said that the heavy food containers are produced by humans. I think he called them tins.
Listen! He´s coming down the stairs to feed us. What a great sign! I will ask him before we wolf our food down our necks.
Hello daddy, and purrr purrr.
Good evening Mr Midnight. Are you alright? You usually trip me up, wrapping yourself around my legs when I arrive at this time in the evening.
Before Sir Winston and I commence our evening banquet, I was curious to know what our food containers were made from. I don´t mean the things Sir Winston said were called tins. Do the other containers grow in a green kingdom somewhere foreign, because they look strange to me?
You mean the cat food pouches?
They are also man-made, especially for you cats.
So, Mr Midnight was right when he said those pouch things appeared to be a little strange.
I know you cats are fussy sometimes, but does it really matter? The food tastes alright doesn´t it?
I try and vary your diet as best I can.
Oh yes, we love the stuff you dish up. We were just curious to know that´s all.
I once read that cat food pouches, just the same as toothpaste tubes, although we won´t talk about toothpaste just now, are made from a thin layer of aluminium and a substance we call plastic.
And what is plastic?
Aluminium is a light metal and is one of the commonist metals in the Earth`s crust.
So, it is a natural product?
In a way, yes it is. It is mined from Bauxite and is a man-made natural product. We like to make things out of it, such as part of your cat-food pouch.
Bauxite is a stone, so it´s a natural product.
And the plastic stuff? What about that?
Plastic is a synthetic material and is man-made.
Do women make it as well?
I´m sure they do Sir Winston.
Plastic, and its byproducts, are harming our environment. We use way too much of the stuff and most of us humans take plastic for granted. I suspect we rely on it so much because of convenience – it is relatively cheap and light in weight. However, some of us humans are now coming to terms with the problems associated with plastic.
My food doesn´t seem so appetising now daddy. It´s wrapped up in stone stuff and strange synthetics.
It won´t harm you, I´m sure. That´s why I try as best I can to vary your diet.
Well, my tummy´s rumbling so aluminium layers, synthetic stuff or not, I would like you to dish out the “mains” now daddy.
Thank goodness I forget stuff so quickly. You´re right Sir Winston, let´s eat and be merry!
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