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.
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?
In these times where we are constantly reminded of the mess we are making of our planet with plastic waste, I’ve thought a lot about the packaging I buy my food in each week and have begun to make buying decisions based on this.
Are they really necessary? Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Unless you buy things from bulk shops and take your own containers (probably plastic but at least these are reusable) or indeed stick to fresh produce only, you have to accept that some packaging is necessary. But how much is really needed?
- Why do we need multipack snacks? Why not buy a big bag and apportion out what you want? This is far less packaging and is potentially more economical.
- Did you know that teabags sometimes contain plastic polymers? Why on earth don’t we buy leaf tea and an infuser? Whatever the bags are made of, they are surely a waste of resources.
- Why does cereal (for example) require a box AND a plastic bag? Why can’t they just have the bag? I’d love to see companies being more thoughtful about things like this.
- Can you make it yourself? Do you need to buy a packaged product anyway? Homemade stuff is often nicer…
New Zealand has announced it is banning single use plastic bags (hooray!) but let’s be honest, it isn’t enough. Multi-use plastic bags are little better and even biodegradable bags potentially don’t degrade safely in landfill. Let’s start to be more forceful on single-use waste of all kinds and enact laws/taxes that punish those who knowingly produce these products or put them into the environment.
Anyone got any interesting tips on what they do?
Happy new year to you. Hope 2019 is a good one. Can you believe how long it is since the world was supposed to end in 1999? And again in 2012? And yet we are still here…cue sounds of humanity rejoicing…and most other species cringing.
Below is a curious seasonal safety message by an NZ transport authority by the roadside…nothing like being blunt…but then perhaps it is an instruction for some unpleasant folks…
I went to Tiritiri Matangi Island (see previous post) with a group of 7 other people, 3 of whom I knew. While we were eating on the evening, it occurred to me how amazing it is when a common language and common interest can unite people.
The group consisted of 2 English, 2 Spanish, 1 Brazilian, 1 Polish, 1 Korean and 1 Italian…and yet everyone was united by speaking English and also by a love of New Zealand wildlife and conservation.
It is incredible how a common language can break down barriers and expose us to greater knowledge, understanding, experiences and a deeper insight into other cultures…but I must say it would be nice to have the challenge occasionally of that language not being English.
Picture the scene…I was about to go out in the car when I spotted a bumblebee sitting on the drive. On closer inspection I realised there were two and that they were mating. The female was noticeably larger than the male and seemed to be doing some kind of leg waving dance…maybe she had had enough and was trying to dislodge him. Who was I to disturb their fun (and maybe run them over) when I could wait ten minutes and take a photo?
Help the bees because they help us.