Friday, February 25, 2011
I wonder what Dr. David Suzuki would think?
My friend Shaina and I visited the new Art Gallery of Alberta last night, it was Oscar's first foray into the art world. I was a tad nervous to be traipsing about area after area of perfectly climate controlled rooms with a decided lack of washroom's but lost all trepidation when we walked upstairs to view the latest Brian Jungen installation.
The above picture is of Brian's "Cetology" a whale skeleton built entirely of re-purposed mass produced white plastic garden chairs. It got me thinking:
I use approx. 3 disposable poop pouches a day and Oscar has been around for approx. 400 days so (I could use Shaina's math head now) 3 x 400 = 1200. OMG! That's 1200 poop pouches that are in landfills because of me. This of course got me thinking even more:
What did people who had ostomies use before the advent of Hollister, ConvaTec or Coloplast? I'm a picturing Duct tape and plastic bread bags or even honey and elephant ears (the plant, not an actual animal ear)! Either way, a far cry from the technologically advanced system's we use now. So I thought:
Why isn't there a museum of ancient ostomy supplies? Some pretty famous people have them and it wasn't in the recent past: the queen mum, US president Dwight Eisenhower and the one that really has me scratching my head; Fred Astaire, the singing, dancing movie star dynamo. How exactly did Mr.Astaire keep his pouch in place without the help of Sure Seals (http://alpglobal.com/home.aspx). I am pretty sure all that cavorting with Ginger Rogers would have had anyone's pouch up around their neck. Just how much of our landfills are that much fuller thanks to everyone's ostomy supplies? Why couldn't WE design art pieces with pouches or belts or wafers or the any number of things ostomates use?
I tossed and turned last night for many hours, freaking out over how I am helping to destroy the environment with all of Oscar's pouches when I had a light bulb moment. Biodegradable Ostomy Pouches. Do you hear that ostomy supply manufacturers? I have just presented you with a kajillion dollar idea, you could even advertise it as a "green" product and charge us all more for something that is a life necessity.
Somewhere around 2am when I finally drifted off into sleep I thanked Oscar for allowing me to spend some quality time with Shaina and for letting me traverse the new art gallery. He might not be saving the world, but he has saved my life and for that, I am eternally grateful.