I wish it wasn’t so, but our beautiful home is under profound attack from pollution of so many types.
Many problems need to be tackled by governments and governments are elected by the people who vote for them in democracies. Governments are slow moving and frustrating at the best of times, so while we try to get them to even consider the environment in their plans, we have to do what we can to improve matters ourselves.
I am painfully aware of how small the things we can do are, but to paraphrase: better to light a candle than to just curse the darkness, so here is what I personally do.
If you have more ideas please share them on the blog.
We can all learn from each other (whatever our age!)
This list is in order of the newest things I have learnt on the top.
1. Use toothpaste tablets. You just chew one and brush and rinse as normal. They work as well as tooth paste and produce zero plastic waste. These come from Germany, but I am sure you can find them everywhere.
2. Use rock salt underarm deodorant. It works 100 percent and has zero plastic waste. This pretty pink egg of salt can in a wrap of paper from funky soaps, but there are lots of others.
3. Wrap your sandwiches from home in a cotton bees wax wrap every day for lunch. Zero plastic waste, moist bread!
4. Use bamboo toothbrushes. The handle can be used as a fire lighter or composted as it is wood. Some bristles are still plastic unfortunately, but at least the great big handle isn’t.
5. Buy wooden toilet brushes. Zero plastic waste – burnable.
6. Use wooden headed washing up sink brushes. The handle is metal and the head
can be replaced when worn out and composted or burnt. Zero plastic waste.
7. Use solid bar shampoo. It is just as good as liquid shampoo and produces……ZERO PLASTIC WASTE!
8. Use real soap in the shower, not shower gel in a plastic container. Zero plastic waste.
9. Learn to use an old fashioned razor with replaceable metal blades. Zero Plastic waste.
10. Buy vegetables loose, not in plastic packages. You buy much less and so don’t waste food. Use a cotton bag to put the veg and fruit in to weigh individually. Stick all the individual labels on the outside of the same cotton bag to take to the check out and show the cashier. Zero plastic waste.
11. Compost all your vegetable matter – obviously!
I am still producing way too much plastic waste with:
1. Cat food
2. Meat packaging
3. Snack packages
4. Virtually all processed food packages.
I know that there are solutions to all these things, but I dont live near a city where I can buy loose packaging free alternatives.
One day I will have time to make cat food, buy cuts of meat and get the butcher to put them in glass tubs and make all myfood from scratch, but not yet.
In the face of so much plastic pollution it is easy to give up and give in, but I am optimistic enough to think that the small changes made by ordinary people will make a difference and while we wait for the politicians to make the big changes, we should make as many changes to our own lives as we can before we all drown in plastic!