I’m doing this because plastic doesn’t break down for years and years and years. When you have single use, disposable plastic we are just putting it somewhere out of sight and out of mind but it still exists. It sits there in landfill somewhere – but that landfill is filling up and in world with a huge and growing population I can’t think of a more disgusting waste of land. Or worse it is getting dumped into the ocean and damaging the wildlife.
Unlike my compost heap this stuff isn’t being broken down it is just a giant bin which keeps on growing. Recycling just isn’t as good an answer as we think, it isn’t as widespread as it needs to be, it doesn’t cover all types of disposable plastic, it uses more energy (than just not having the disposable plastic in the first place) and reading No Plastic July website it is being recycled in “third world countries with substandard conditions for the world’ poorest people”.
It is interesting to me how issues aren’t just about “the environment’ anymore, there is always a very human impact, often on the poorest and most vulnerable people and BPA affects everyone. That is why I embrace ‘sustainability’ as a term. It covers everything and reflects the fact our actions impact in lots of different ways.
So the journey to give up disposable plastic starts today.
One of things we are giving up is crackers and crisps and savoury snacks in plastic wrapping. So today I’ll be whipping up a batch of these cheese straws to eat instead. I want giving up plastic to mean we eat better and enjoy life more whilst saving the planet. There will be dancing (and eating cheese straws) in my revolution!
Alongside my 5 things, I’m also going to be watching some documentaries and learning more about the issues and writing to a few companies to ask them to change their packaging.
A little example – I like to buy organic butter because organic farming is more sustainable and less oil dependent than other types of farming. But the foil wrappers on most organic butter – (Yeo Valley, Sainsburys Organic and Rachels – I am looking at you!) contain a thin layer of plastic. So do I go plastic free or do I by the more sustainable organic option! My solution is to lobby Yeo Valley and others to change their packaging so I don’t have to work out the lesser of two evils.
There are some other amazing bloggers, going even further than me and I’m going to get a lot of inspiration from them over this month.
Check out their links and cheerlead them to the finish line!