Every day it is my mission to do four things to help combat the use of single-use plastic in my house and hopefully in the world:
1. Actively campaign about unnecessary plastic packaging to manufacturers and suppliers and the government.
2. Research and educate myself about re-cycling and alternatives to plastic packaging
3. Influence change, by sharing my views and any knowledge I have gained about what actually happens to our plastic re-cycling and what alternative solutions there are.
4. Try my utmost to do my household shopping without buying it in plastic!
This blog is my diary of this mission... Trying to get to the bottom of many issues such as; why does McDonald's need to wait to use all their existing plastic straws before using bio-degradable ones? And what about all the other single-use plastics like the McFlurry scoop and all those milkshake lids!
Also, according to Tesco's website, apparently you can re-cycle their organic salad bags at their stores where they have facilities to re-cycle their bags for life, so why not any of the other salad bags? And why stop at salad bags? Why not bread, rice, pasta, cereal and noodle bags? to name just a few of the many bags one's produce comes in and why only select some stores, why not just roll this out nationwide? These are the questions I hope to get answered, along with what plastic does actually get re-cycled, PET 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, PE and what do we do with black plastic? Why don't the government just ban it?
What do all those re-cycling symbols mean? How do you find out what is re-cycled locally? And how sustainable is re-cycling? Should we not be aiming at re-using and reducing the enormous amount of unnecessary plastic packaging produced instead?
In Tesco's defence, they do now sell some fruit and vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic, unlike Aldi, where everything is wrapped in plastic - this is good if people take their own containers or bags but more often than not, I see people buying these loose products and putting them in the plastic bags provided, which seems to defeat the object.
Fully recyclable salad bags Our organic bagged prepared salads are now made from Polyethylene (Polythene). PE film can be recycled into our 10p Bags for Life that are made from 94% recycled plastic. Recycled PE can also make long-life products such as park benches, bollards and waste bins. PE film is similar to the plastic found in carrier bags and can be recycled in the same way. We’ll encourage our customers to bring the PE film bags to our larger stores to be recycled. Customers can also take the salad bags to anywhere that collects plastic carrier bags.