My plastic challenge: we’ll all be eating bottles soon

My “Plastic Challenge” Diary

There’s an art to refusing stuff. How you turn things down says a lot about you. Here’s what happened when I joined the plastic-free challenge in June.

First, I made a real effort to turn down plastic bags when offered. How many? Not sure, but at least three from Marks and one from a supermarket. It is true I have to be careful when carrying a bottle of wine under my arm …

Brighton station, complete with piano and naughty M&S

I’ve heard about this “plastic challenge” thing and I’ve decided to give it a go. One plastic-free month – should be interesting.

It’s organised by the Marine Conservation Society. So I visit their website to find out what I need to do. Like how I’m going to get sponsors. Maybe I’ll stand at Brighton station with a big sign, like the kid I saw the other day, collecting for Cancer Research.

“Every little helps,” was his cheerful response as I generously threw £1 into his bucket.
“I hope it does,” I said. “I had to earn that pound ya know.”

straws casually tempt the unwary

I find my plastic challenge  goes well for me when I have alternatives to hand.  Like my reusable shopping bag and my reusable garden refuse bag.

l2/6 I am tempted by M&S to accept a bag and I nearly do.

 

I’ll be using this one bag for years

4/6 I proudly return from the recycling depot with my reusable garden refuse bags.

 

 

 

Plastic: 1, self: 0. Should have left it behind

5/6 I accidentally pick up a non-disposable plastic cup lid with my coffee- drat! What’s worse is that I had my own China mug in my bag – 8am too early to get all this together

 

 

 

 

Build your home from waste plastic – why not?

photo by ByFusion

A company called ByFusion has developed a machine which converts waste plastic into household bricks. The machine can process any of seven different types of plastic and claims 95% more carbon efficiency than conventional concrete. http://www.byfusion.com

You just ate your water bottle?

photo: Skipping Rocks Lab

If you’re wondering where you left your water bottle, maybe you just ate it. Love what Skipping Rocks Lab are doing with edible/biodegradable water containers. Definitely fits in with Plastic Challenge month.
Skipping Rocks Lab

 

 

 

 

Dave Hakkens

Finally, this guy makes plastic recycling machines you can buy and make waste plastic into other things. He is Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, clearly a very bright one. It’s called Precious Plastic