I’m zero-wasting my life! Why fruit & veg should go naked

How sustainable is my life #3 – veggie wrapping

Veggies don’t need plastic either.

Here our journey starts. This is what our purple sprouting broccoli and green beans came in, delivered by our local Tesco supermarket. Gasp! More plastic! Something must be done.

I search for signs of recyclability, but there are none. Even if it is recyclable our local council has given up on these items. I need to find out why … Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Why fruit & veg should go naked”

I’m zero-wasting my life! Why I’m getting a milkman

How sustainable is my life #2 – milk bottles

found this in the recycling

I awake at 2am to find myself sitting bolt upright in bed. The plastic bottles in which I get my milk might not be as eco-friendly as I had thought!

“How green are my milk bottles?” I think. “I’m going to have a closer look.”

The bottles are light, the plastic thin. Underneath is the marking “2 – HDPE”. So what’s HDPE? Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Why I’m getting a milkman”

9 reasons to be positive about the plastic crisis

I want to help you feel good about the environment.

First of all, let’s be honest. There is a plastic crisis. When you’re on an idyllic remote island no one even lives on and you can’t move for plastic rubbish. This is Henderson Island.

 

turtle tangled up in nylon fishing net

My second point: wild animals digesting plastic or getting tangled up in it. So we all agree there’s a crisis?

But … I also found it surprisingly easy to find good news about the plastic crisis.

So here’s the good news. Continue reading “9 reasons to be positive about the plastic crisis”

I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit

a few soaks and I’m on the scrap heap – what a life!

How sustainable is my life? #1
This is where I start looking at my own life and making those small but vital changes towards sustainability. Let’s see what effect a few small changes can make. I’m going to start with plastic waste.

The large plastic bottle in the image, left, is what my herbal bath soak came in. More plastic on the recycling heap? OK, it’s better than chucking it out but there must be a better way. Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit”

Electric cars – why the doomsayers were wrong

The Tesla Roadster. Did I covet one? Yes

Today I’m going to talk about two “bugbears” of environmental campaigners, plastic & motor cars.

1. Plastic
Beauty product retailer Lush take back their plastic gift vouchers and melt them down to make other goods.

They maybe only take a few pounds of plastic a year. But the point is, they are leading the way. In commercial terms it’s great PR. Get a few more to follow – maybe Marks & Spencer in the UK or Walmart – and you’ve got a worldwide movement. Change happens. Continue reading “Electric cars – why the doomsayers were wrong”

9 reasons I’m getting all my stuff from Lush now

 

Lush something in biodegradable cello

We live in a commercial world. Very. Environmentalists and just about every other campaigner keeps telling me. So when I read about trendy companies like Lush, hear about them from all my female friends, pass by their store in my local town, I’m going to be a bit sceptical.

This is because we also have this thing called greenwashing. Greenwashing is where commercial concerns try to make out they care more than they actually do by spending loads of money they could be spending on actually caring more on caring less and making it look like they care more. Really, they couldn’t care less and I care about that, although I’m sure they also couldn’t care less that I care more. Continue reading “9 reasons I’m getting all my stuff from Lush now”

Why we should be more optimistic on climate change

@Washington Examiner

A number of years ago I was at a friend’s house listening to records. “One day” he told me “you’ll be able to switch on your TV and choose exactly what film to watch, what music to listen to.” At the time, this was the most implausible, futuristic thing I’d ever heard. I need hardly say how true that prediction became.

Interesting opinion piece in the Washington Examiner  criticising “black hole” scientist Stephen Hawking for his political statement that
Continue reading “Why we should be more optimistic on climate change”

Think your plastic-free life won’t make a difference?

Think you’re plastic-free life isn’t helping the planet? Read on.

My recycled plastic kitchen clock and thermometer, courtesy The Eden Project

I came across this question on the Plastic Free Support group on Facebook. This question goes something like this:

“What’s the point of me doing all this if no one else is? What difference will my tiny contribution make?”


Wondering if your commitment is a bit OTT (over the top)?
Nah, don’t worry. With concerns like these maybe a support group is a good idea. Standing out from the crowd, challenging the status quo, maybe looking a little odd and wondering if one actually is odd. Continue reading “Think your plastic-free life won’t make a difference?”

Battery powered cars – now who’s laughing?

 Carmaker Volvo has fascinated the world by announcing yesterday that all Volvos launched from 2019 will have an electric motor. Wow! That’s a world away from the beloved Volvo tanks I used to own in byegone days.

This is what I call a real car

Meanwhile car-making giant VW has unveiled its all-electric research car with a range of 250km and even robots that charge it. How futuristic is that? Continue reading “Battery powered cars – now who’s laughing?”

Is hard-nosed commerce the future of the sharing economy?

Is this what the sharing economy is all about?

AirBnB is launching a new premium service aimed at providing a more hotel-like experience for the discerning traveller.

I’ve noticed how private landlords have moved in on Airbnb lately as I use it from time to time for London workstays. Continue reading “Is hard-nosed commerce the future of the sharing economy?”