What many Poles don't save is electricity and water.
What many Americans don't save is electricity and water. Lovely.
Dishwashers aren't popular, in comparison with traditional techniques of washing, they are wasting too much water.
Is this really out of touch with reality?
No, it isn't, I think it's very valuable initiative.
In Poland we can return only glass bottles, it's like unwritten and simplified recognisance, called 'kaucja'.
For plastic bottles are special containers, those bottles and other plastic things go to the recycling factory. Except for reusable plastic bottles (pre-filled bottles) of soda, which we can buy/exchange at the corner stores.
Are there more people who do this heinous act?
Paper plates in Poland?
Only at open-air festivals, where food is provided for a large number of people, using them at home is very unpopular.
In America? Probably... I remember one take from "Little Miss Sunshine" (US production), where family have had very unhealthy dinner, i.e. pack of KFC's hot wings, sprite...and a salad....yummy... very healthy...and they've used ONLY paper plates and plastic cutlery and cups... it have shocked me... because I used to ritualise preparing and having meals, spending time on it. Especially among family, it's kind of Savoir-vivre, and part of culture. Using paper plates is in my opinion kind of bastardising.
Do they have water meters in Poland ?
No, they haven't...they still drink rainwater...
Seriously, water-meters in Poland are everywhere, in every building...Poles call them "Wodomierz", it measures the volume of water usage...