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.
While visiting the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, I went to the Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife centre. This is primarily a location where they assist with the conservation of native species, including many of NZ’s birds.
One of the highlights is undoubtedly the native Kaka, a woodland parrot. They sure know when feeding time is and queue up in the trees for 3pm. Clever, and beautiful, birds. Hopefully one day they (and others) will be able to spread out across NZ once more as mammalian pests are brought under closer control. These Kaka are wild but sure know where they are best to hang out!
Dogs love the smell of kiwis. Kiwis have a strong smell. The two together make for a bad marriage.
When a dog is left to run wild in kiwi habitat the outcome is often not good. Unlike many birds, the kiwi does not have a sternum (breastbone) which means it doesn’t take much pressure to cause major damage to internal organs. A dog may not even mean to cause damage but the outcome can often be bad. Those who handle kiwi must be trained in order to pick up the bird in a way that won’t cause harm.
So, if you’re in New Zealand with a dog, please make sure you respect the signs and the rules and keep your dog away from this national icon and help preserve it for the future.