I recently met a lady on a boat excursion. Not entirely unusual you may think, why tell me about it?
This lady told me about how she comes to New Zealand (from the UK) almost every year because her daughter lives here with a kiwi husband. Over the years she has made a number of friends here and comes to visit them as well as family. She’d done the boat trip on numerous occasions as it happened.
Still not that remarkable?
OK, she is 81 years old, travels by herself and actually told me how lucky she feels that her daughter lives here so she has the reason to visit so often because she loves it so much. How fantastic is that? To reflect so positively on what life deals you is quite something I feel…perhaps I and others can learn from such an encounter…may we all seek out new adventures and experiences in life whatever our age.
It proves that it’s always worth chatting to a stranger every so often because it can be very enriching…although of course you should perhaps always take the words of a stranger with a little pinch of salt as you don’t really know if they speak the truth, though why lie?
As of 1st January 2019, New Zealand introduced a ban on single use plastic bags…or so I thought. I was quite happy about this, and still am…up to a point.
It seems that this ban only covers the use of bags at the checkout in shops. We now have the ridiculous scenario where you can pack all of your fruit and veg into individual bags but then you either buy a thicker plastic bag or more sustainable alternative. I’d love to know why this ban didn’t extend to other forms of plastic bags…I know you have to start somewhere and that this will make a difference but it feels well short of where it should be. Come on, NZ government!
Apparently some people have been complaining about not being able to get such bags any more. Perhaps these people should be shown the environmental damage they cause and if that still doesn’t work, be put out of their misery.
Not being one to trouble the barbers of this world since 2002, you might be surprised to find me posting about shampoo.
A friend recently told me about a company here in NZ called Ethique who produce shampoo and also conditioner in bars (I don’t use conditioner, just in case you wondered)…anyway, the idea of using something like this seemed like a great idea…no need for plastic bottles and it supposedly lasts a lot longer than a bottle anyway (time will tell on that score as shampoo lasts ages when your hair is at a premium).
I opted for the Heali Kiwi 🥝 version for sensitive scalps and so far, so good. You just swipe it down your hair and then it lathers up. Easy! My other half has long hair and even she is is impressed.
From looking online, I don’t believe this is an original concept (I wouldn’t be surprised if bars came before bottles once) but I do believe that this is something we could all get on board with. The company even lived up to their name on delivery packaging by using wood shavings instead of bubble wrap. So check it out, let’s cut the plastic problem a bit more…
I read recently about how polyester or nylon clothing sheds microscopic plastic polymers when the clothes are being washed, which of course ends up in our waterways. I can’t verify this but it seemed a plausible concept.
Fibres, fibres everywhere…. Photo by Mikes Photos on Pexels.com
It led me to think about how many clothes are available which are made from such fibres. These clothes are often really cheap to buy (assuming you don’t want a Nike swoosh or suchlike stuck on it). They are regularly marketed as being great for sport as they dry quickly and get moisture away from the body.
Mind you, if it wasn’t for such products, would we be able to clothe the world in just natural fibres? I have a feeling there wouldn’t be enough…Interesting. I guess everything has its place but maybe prices of things should reflect environmental impacts more, rather than simply a reflection of production costs…
Has anyone seen anything about this?