Here is a link to a fascinating article about reducing our plastic use in June.
The challenge is not to use disposable, single use plastic for either a day, week or month in June, with the aim of using environmentally friendly products and containers instead.
Some things are impractical, I’m afraid to say (anybody know how to get hold of toothpaste without using a plastic tube or container?!) but others are much easier.
- Use cloth carrier bags for shopping
- Take a lunch box to work not buy plastic wrapped sandwiches
- Use a re-usable drinks bottle (which would probably be plastic anyway!)
- No ready meals
- Reuse plastic bags for veg (that you would buy loose in supermarkets e.g. mushrooms)
- Buy glass milk bottles
- Refill bottles where available (Ecover washing up liquid etc.)
- Don’t use clingfilm/ plastic wrap – put food in a container
- Be selective with what food and drink you buy
It does seem to be all food and drink doesn’t it? I am going to try this in June I think. But I work in a restaurant, so it will be hard to get away from single use plastic there!
I think the key to reducing your use and the recycling of plastics is to be aware of what is coming into the house in the first place.
Just a quick thought for today, Ellen xx
Last year I set myself a goal to read 52 books…here’s how I did…
The only two conditions are: that they be books in print (not e-books etc.) and first time reads (if I re-read a book it won’t be put on the list). And since I completed a degree in German some years ago, not all books will be in English.
Books read so far:
- We have always lived in the castle By Shirley Jackson
- Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (number 1 in German) by JK Rowling
- Alphabetical By Michael Rosen
- Finding your element by Ken Robinson
- I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
- Ohne Netz By Alex Ruehle
- Is that a fish in your ear? By David Bellos
- Through the language glass By Guy Deutscher
- The mystery of Edwin Drood By Charles Dickens
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
- Die Schmetterlingsfalle by Dennis Jon
- Bury my heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- 1Q84: Book 1 by Murakami
- 1Q84: Book 2 by Murakami
- 1Q84: Book 3 by Murakami
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris
- Queen of Crafts by Jazz Domino Holly
- Material World: The Modern Craft Bible by Perri Lewis
- Starting Up an Online Business by Heather Morris
- How to Knit and Crochet: Blocks, Blankets and Throws by Luise Roberts
- On Writing by Stephen King
- 30 Minute Crochet by Carol Meldrum
- 30 Minute Knits by Carol Meldrum
- Learn to Crochet: Love to Crochet by Anna Wilkinson
- Make your first million by Martin Webb
- The Interview Question Answer Book by James Innes
- Screw Business as Usual by Richard Branson
- How to get that job by Malcolm Hornby
- How to start your own business by Robert Ashton
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- A slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
- Pigs in Clover by Simon Dawson
As you can see I only managed 35, although I did only start around March / April time and I had other things on my mind like crochet, craft and that other thing, what was it? Oh yes, horrible hospital! But all in all, not a bad effort. Some non-fiction, some German, quite a few library books in there.
This year has mostly been about reading non-fiction library books. Will add them up later.