Governments could do more to help protect The Only Planet… but governments need profitable economies.
For example Governments could outright ban plastic packaging… but this would negatively affect the economy, and may be unpopular.
Where major legislation has been implemented it has been successful.
We could believe that legislation changes which drive individuals to change their behaviour are much more effective than the efforts of individuals alone to change their own behaviour.
To be honest I totally agree with this suggestion.
Thinking of the problems I wrote about ocean pollution…
there are some laws relating to protection of the UK coastal waters
but with no funding for the policing of these laws, they are weak.
In Europe and the developed world we may think that the environmental problems are not really there, but where there are affluent post industrial societies reaping the economic benefit of their industrial past, we will have exported the environmental problem to Asia, Africa and some parts of America, and Africa, where mining and heavy industry are prevalent.
Photo Courtesy of Newcastle Libraries Flickr
I found this post in my draft folder. I wrote it a while ago and maybe for some reason didn’t want to publish it at the time. So apologies if it seems a bit out of date.
The has been some news recently about the harmful effects of plastic fleece. The kind that clothing is made from. Fleece jackets and so on. Also microfibre cloth. I remember when fleece clothing was thought of as being an environmental “good” because it was a way of recycling used plastic bottles. But apparently when plastic fleece, and microfibre clothes are washed, fibres get washed away and end up polluting the ocean. I also remember having a few viscose jumpers which basically rotted away after being washed a few times, I did not think that the fibres would have ended up polluting the ocean.
Over the last few years companies in Europe have been improving the way products are packaged, and there is less packaging than at the packaging peak, however there is still a long way to go.
So Frugal Lent is well and truly finished for this year, but I have been so into being frugal and only buying what I really need, and being creative about cooking based on what is in the store cupboard, so focusing on fresh fruit and veg will continue for a while now.
So, look at this lovely big bowl of fruit from Hutchinson’s on Stanhope Street, all loose with no bags, punnet or packets, cost £3.15 total. Pears, red and orange peppers (yes, they are technically fruit), satsumas, oranges.
At the supermarket its limited to what you can get without plastic packaging, but at the greengrocer it still possible to be plastic free.
I see a lot of customers still get the dispenser for plastic bags and put their fruit and veg in the plastic bag, before putting in their basket. Maybe they don’t know that they don’t have to bag stuff, or maybe they just prefer it. I used to do it, before I realised it wasn’t compulsory.
The peppers are going in a chilli I am making for the weekend.
Along with 2 onions, 3 carrots, some butter beans and aduki beans, a carton of pasta, some jalapeno peppers, and the last of the frozen sweetcorn.
I was reading about the use of microbeads in toiletries.
These are microscopic plastic beads, used as ingredients.