This week I reduced my veg shopping plastic – no more broccoli bags! Yeh. Another small step or marginal gain.
Also, I bought loose tea but that wasn’t such a success but Whittard’s puts plastic inside the cardboard box (more excess packaging)… next time, I’ll ask them not to or find an alternative.
Oh, and the UK government has been making identified the environment as an interest for young voters so they have published an environment policy paper. If nothing else, its increased the column inches about plastic and raised a bit more awareness.
I’ve started taking stock of the plastic around me (well, its not long since I made that resolution), the more I look, the more I see. I’m noting all the excess and unnecessary use I see and actually use and am thinking about what to do about it. Yesterday, I was thinking about coffee cups – not so innocent as they seem but more about that another time – and I came across the idea of plastic swaps. That struck me as a great approach and an easy way to deal with the plastic mountain so I’m going to have a go at that. My first swap was making use of those tiny plastic boxes that come in the nest of useful kitchen boxes instead of clingfilm. All of a sudden I realised that they were for lunch box cake – why have I never done that before.
On a positive, it was so good to see that yesterday, at last the UK has banned microbeads in cosmetics. And I’m happy to say that only a day earlier I’d consigned the bottle of body scrub with indeterminant bits, that had been lurking in my bathroom for too long, to the bin. OK its landfill but better than the water courses or sea.
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions – no resolution, no failure – but I’ve been thinking more and more about plastic and our mis-use of it, especially single use plastic. So, this year, I’m going to see what I can do about my use of plastic, how I use it and how I can reduce that use. I’m going to try and learn a bit more plastic and how its used and ask organisations about their use.
I’ve seen some of the BBC Inside the Factory programmes, they are fascinating insights into the manufacture of food but I can’t believe how much plastic is used to make the food and then package it: in tea bags; to transport ingredients around a factory; to package the product and then to hold packages together. This is all single use plastic and just seems so excessive. Do we really need windows in boxes? Do we need plastic within boxes? Always?
First I’m going to look at what single use plastic I use…