Recycling plastic bags cartoon
Does recycling make a difference in our efforts to cut waste?
A cartoon showing a person who feels happy because she is ‘doing her bit to save the planet’ – although recycling plastic carrier bags is not enough.
A comment about token gestures towards environmentalism – the delusion that reusing carrier bags will make a difference or have a significant impact on consumption and waste.
The cartoon is also about the trend for natural cotton shopping bags that carry slogans – either of an environmental nature of as an advert for a shop (which by implication is working towards a better environment due to the natural cotton bag)
Cartoon reference number: a394
Toxic waste cartoon.
Flower growing in toxic waste container
The flower is wilting and dying
Cartoon showing a plant growing in a canister of toxic waste.
The flower has the earth as its centre, with its petals in the form of people.
The petals are falling off as the flower dies.
A cartoon about environmentalism, ecology, green politics, toxic chemical waste, pollution, silent spring, pesticides, ecological collapse
A previous version of this cartoon appeared in New Internationalist magazine some time in the 1980s.
Cartoon reference number: a329
Litter cartoon. Plastic bags caught in a tree
Cartoon showing wind-blown plastic bags caught in the branches of a tree.
A gardening cartoon showing brightly coloured plastic carrier bags adding a splash of colour to a winter garden
The joke is that the man in the cartoon is trying to see something positive about the litter, which most people would see as an eyesore.
Cartoon reference number: a266
See my book of gardening cartoons here.
The Four Truck Drivers of the Apocalyse.
The cartoon shows lorries carrying cargoes that are symbolic of the ills of contemporary western society (with other societies fast catching up).
One lorry carries toxic waste, another logs from logging activity that is depleting the world’s natural resources, another carries weapons, arms and armament while the last one carries the catering facilities for the others – fast food or convenience food
Based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
A cartoon about environmental degradation, war, man made disaster, over consumption, resource depletion, the end of civilisation as we know it
For a colour version click here: Landfill cartoon
A disused quarry being used as a landfill dump for waste products.
A cartoon about environmental impact, indigenous peoples, exploitation, ecological impact, ecology,recycling, waste disposal, waste management.
Environment-friendly packaging cartoon
For a more recent, colour version of this cartoon click here: Non-biodegradable packaging cartoon
A cartoon about environment-friendly materials. A discarded polystyrene container talking to animals, saying that it likes nature so much that it’s decided to stay around for a long time.
A cartoon about packaging, litter, recycling, waste, consumerism, bio-decomposition, environmental impact.
Cartoon reference number: env069
Cartoon showing evolution from fish to humans. The humans then pollute the water, forcing fish to leave the water and initiating a new phase of evolution in the fish
A cartoon about evolution, pollution, environment, ecology, industrial waste, effluent.
Cartoon reference number: env070
Environment cartoon: waste in the consumer society
A cartoon about waste disposal, the accumulation of waste in a modern consumer society, pollution
A family escaping a land that is overflowing with rubbish, by rowing away in a rubbish skip.
The land has become one giant rubbish tip or rubbish dump.
Cartoon reference number: env067
A colour cartoon similar to this one can be found here.