It is doubtlessly a peaceful image: blue sky, calm sea view with an ever-receding horizon, ships thrown somewhat haphazardly on the sand. When I gave this Urban Fruit Street Wrapper, created by Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, to my friend Dik, his first guess was that this was a beach in Greece. We had been there many times and in summer time, ships are often put on the beach. He was dead wrong.
Concern about the environment was a dominant theme after I had woken up to the world, which happened only around my 15th birthday. I was a slow guy, my first fifteen years I was basically not really paying much attention. Too comfortable in the warm embracement of my mother and father (and brother and sisters). But after I was propelled into the real world (by an acute life threatening disease), the environment was one of the two main topics I was shocked about (the Klu Klux Klan and racism in the US was the other topic). I read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and a pile of related books. This continued after I started my study in chemistry at the university (after my 17th birthday). At the time, we were particularly concerned about chemicals and nuclear energy. Now being 62, I still read and think about environmental issues, Read the rest of this entry »