Over the last few months the issue of plastic pollution has been brought to the fore. The decision by the Chinese Government to cease accepting items for recycling alongside the shocking images of our oceans and countryside choked with plastic have made many rethink their attitude to plastic use.
Almost a year ago we did a piece on the “Bag for life” conundrum. We buy these bags intending to reuse them and then buy more when we forget to bring the original ones with us. Now instead of a stockpile of single use bags, many households have a stockpile of these thicker more robust bags.
You could be forgiven for thinking that these thicker bags are recyclable, having looked at the variety in my own collection, not one of them is recyclable. They are made from recycled materials and most retailers offer to replace them if they become unusable, they are themselves however not recyclable.
This time last year I had one bag full of these, now I have 3 bags full. I am horrified at how easily I am contributing to this growing problem. Feeling guilty I thought I would go and look at just how much plastic I am using on a regular basis. Just to make sure I didn’t feel too bad, I stood in the corner of my kitchen and found what was within one step of each side of me.
As you can see from the photograph, it is not a pretty sight.
What makes it worse is that so many of those plastic containers could be replaced by products in glass containers. Glass being fully recyclable would be a much better option.
It’s time to stop using so much plastic. A few simple changes could make a huge difference if we all made them.
The first change is to make sure we stop buying any more carrier bags. Use the ones we have already or use cloth bags. The next is to stop buying items in plastic containers where possible.
This week Lang Toon Times challenges every one of its readers and followers to reduce their plastic use. If you have any hints or tips please feel free to share them in the comments below or on the Facebook page.