By now most of us have heard about the enormous mass of plastic rubbish floating around in our oceans. So how much of it are we contributing? It’s got me thinking about it, and I realize that there are some things which are hard to find alternatives for. Where do you get an eco-friendly toothbrush from? Razors are pretty bad, because they are a mixture of metal and plastic and therefor hard to recycle. The alternatives to shaving don’t offer much relief – waxing, the packet is plastic too. Somehow I can’t see my man using a knife to shave with either. What about milk containers? Is plastic a better option than cardboard because the cardboard has a plastic lining and cannot be recycled? Lightbulbs? There is a school of thought that says we should not use the “Eco” bulbs as they contain lots of toxic stuff such as mercury and we don’t have any ways of recycling them yet. Shall we revert to burning candles? I think not… but somebody please tell me what the right thing to do is!
I have a toddler who in his short life has already discarded quite a pile of plastic through no choosing of his own. We have washable nappies, but the things I’m talking about are baby’s toys, packaging of otherwise “good” presents and wrappings, most clothing contains some synthetic material,there’s the baby sipper cup, the high chair (secondhand, but eventually it’ll wind up as rubbish too), the carseat… can’t do without that, it’s secondhand but also plastic. Come to think of it, even our washable nappies are made out of synthetic materials. Lots of questions but not many answers as yet. I guess the first one is reducing consumption before we even consider reusing and recycling.
So here’s a solution of sorts… This one is a bit fabulous really
This next link isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s quite incredible to watch.