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?
I’ve been living in New Zealand for five years now and at last I have seen Mount Ruapehu in her full glory. Every time I have passed by on the road or in the sky previously, she has been shrouded in cloud and mystery…but at long last the skirt has been lifted and I thought I’d share this with you…
Majestic! You can also see Mount Ngauruhoe (another volcano) to the right.
Mount Ruapehu is the highest point of the North Island and is also an active volcano and winter skiing destination…nothing like having mutliple uses is there?
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 in the Wairarapa, I had the pleasure of staying in a bach (a kiwi term for a cottage, as close as I can get it) which was a shepherd’s house at one time. No TV, no internet, no mobile phone coverage and about 5kms from a main road. Waking up to the sight and sound of cows, sheep, horses or even donkeys wandering around just outside. What could be better?