Yeh, let’s get rid of plastic #2
Food products: Vegetables wrapped or packed in plastic, Dairy products packed in plastic, Meat wrapped in plastic – some, twice, Packeted products, wrapped with plastic, Ready-mix products, bagged in plastic, Baking goods – not so much, but more and more are appearing on the shelves wrapped in plastic, …
Food storage: wrappings, dish covers, sweet/candy trays, grocery storage bins, storage bowls, storage boxes, baked goods and leftover storage bins, storage bowls, storage boxes, ice-block and jelly moulds, baking “tins”/”pans”, …
Microwave use: dishes, mugs, containers, plates, …
Picnic/Party: carriers, plates, cutlery, dishes, mugs, cups, …
Waste management: bins, tidies, bin liners, tidy liners, doggy poop bags, …
Cleaning items: synthetic cloths, plastic buckets, plastic sponges, …
Storage: bulk bins, boxes, or bags
Personal Care Stuff
Nail brushes, tooth brushes, bath brushes, fake loofahs, combs, hair brushes, razors (handles), electric razors (the cases), bath/basin plugs, …
Tubes for toothpaste, sunscreen, …
Tubs for shaving cream, moisturiser, …
Bottles for shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, …
Spray mechanisms for hairspray, air freshener, and perfumes, and foams for shaving, hair products and skincare, …
Tampons (the ‘stick’ and maybe the ‘fluff’),
Panty liners (the wrapper, the protective layer and maybe the absorbent layer) …
Synthetic washcloths, towels bathmats, hand towels,
Lampshades, upholstery, cushions (cover, cloth, stuffing, rugs, carpet, mats, and every gadget (the casing), ornaments, picture frames, photograph stands, photo albums (the pockets or even the cover), knick-knack mini-shelves, fake plants, …
Dolls, action figures, masks, wings, costumes (cloth, and/or accessories) balls, educational toys, hoops, tunnels, suspended cot toys, transfers and stickers, toddler bikes, trikes, skates, targets, counters, Lego etc bricks, blocks, shape matchers, cuddly toys (cloth, thread, stuffing)
Cloth, thread and/or buttons/zippers/buckles of pyjamas, bathrobes, dressing gowns, underwear, foundation garments, skirts, shorts, trousers, shirts, blouses, tee-shirts, tops, socks, tights slippers, raincoats, shoe soles and/or uppers, junk jewellery, wallets, handbags, purses,
Cloth, thread and/or wadding, of mattress, pillows, duvets/quilts, sheets, pillow covers, throw rugs, blankets,
… and all the wrapping and tags they came with!
All of these can be produced in natural resources. Timber can be regrown. Buttons can be made of wood, or of casein from cows which provide the milk every day. Wool grows every year. Linen, jute, hemp, and cotton can be regrown; silk can be harvested regularly; they all are renewable resources for cloth for clothing and heavy duty bagging.
What’s the deal with plastic?
Colour? Staining with traditional, natural resources was effective for generations.
Waterproof? Sealing wood or tarpaulins etc was traditionally done with natural waxes and oils.
Cheap? Can’t deny that today, so yes; cheap to produce, cheap to buy. But why do we “need” so much, so many “things”, so many “products”?
Easy disposal? No more. We have complacently thrown our plastic waste into bins, and been smug that as the bin contents were trucked away, we were done with it. Never mind where the rubbish ended up. The tip was someone else’s problem.
Landfill? Given enough time it could provide space for new housing. Yeah, right.
Burning? Okay if you live beyond the smoke and gases released. Uh-uh.
Dumped out at sea? Not my problem. What, you’re giving up fish on your plate? Pollution floating onto your beach doesn’t worry you?
Our air, water and soils are being destroyed by everything petrochemical! Not only the plastic junk we buy, but the waste from the noxious chemicals and by-products created from petrochemical resources – petroleum gas, and oil – we use in our cars, trucks and other vehicles, and crafts in the air and on the water. Coal too is a source of toxic by-products. Heating and electricity generation produce their own waste.
Oh, we have organisations and political governance to “control” and “manage” their use and waste. But how effective can they be, given our demand for easy, cheap, and “nice”?
But in how many places are we householders being encouraged to recycle? We diligently separate our waste into dedicated bins for Recyclable plastics and paper, Glass for, well, glass, and General for anything else. Some of us also use the service for GreenWaste, for gardening and vegetable matter to be composted. We watch the collectors come for the Council bins – two trucks, one for Recyclables and Glass, and one for General.
Good to see them doing their bit, we think.
Then we learn the recyclables don’t get recycled – they end up in the same landfill as the general waste! Qu’elle horreur! “Recycling is ‘too expensive’; it creates other problems; we’re doing what we can… “
Well, let ‘US’ DO what we can.
Let’s look back at our pre-power generation, and see what they, in their own homes, actually did that was not so toxic to our planet. (next post on topic)
In the meanwhile, in the Comments section below, please confirm/refute whether Your local governing body is reneging on saving our planets from ourselves.
I look forward to your input to this, which I look at as a discussion.