It amazes me when I think about it just how much plastic (and other materials) we throw away and don’t recycle on an ongoing basis.
This morning, it occurred to me that on buying meat in the supermarket and it being put in a plastic bag (in addition to its existing plastic tray and cling film wrapping) that that bag would be used for about ten minutes until I got it home. This is truly appalling wastage and is not uncommon either. So many of the things we buy are excessively packaged (do we really need cereal in a bag AND a box – for example?) and we buy so many things that might be used for negligible time or purpose.
The oceans are becoming increasingly polluted by plastic. I have seen statistics that by charging people for plastic bags that their use has gone down by around 90% in the UK which is a staggering figure. I have recently been pleased to discover that all of the major supermarkets in New Zealand are offering a recycling service for soft plastic packaging which is great news! The amount of litter I now generate has dropped markedly.
In a time when we are worrying about climate change, perhaps it is also time to really ask ourselves about how many of our Earth’s dwindling resources we really need to use and look at how disposable any manufactured items will be (thank goodness those silly plastic toys aren’t in cereal boxes any more!) and tax them accordingly.
Maybe Kinder Surprise can just be a chocolate egg in future!