Plastic…Part 3…Our actions…The Consequences…

Last week I looked at different countries pledges to combat plastic waste…How it seems some countries like France just announce an outright ban and other countries allow appeal upon appeal which all delay the action…Complacency and greed …

We need collective action by consumers as well and we all know how powerful a consumer can be…Don’t we?

Individual choices are important and if we all took that pledge and like France banned certain items /actions in our homes it would have an effect…

This report from the Guardian highlights some of the problems in the UK…Just multiply that by all the countries in the world…

We are at the crisis point WE the consumer have choices…I know you are all busy and have lives BUT sometimes we also have to make a stand…To stand up and be counted…Because if you think that your inaction doesn’t matter because everyone else is doing it…Try multiplying that thought by everyone else which is the same as yours…

Individual consumer choices are important as is collective action which can really make a difference.

I can hear you groaning…haha…Like my smartwatch which reads my actions…But consider this scenario…

In England alone, the government figures tell us that 4.6 bn plastic straws, 316 m plastic stirrers ( yep) those itsy little bits of plastic to stir your drink and 1.8 bn plastic stemmed cotton buds are used by us( YES) you/us are used each year…

3 things which we could all do that collectively which would make a huge difference…

  1. Check and buy only environmentally compostable cotton earbuds
  2. Drink stirrers…
  3. Straws…Come in paper, bamboo, stainless steel and glass

N.B. The links are Amazon I am not affiliated to Amazon I just used these links as an example…Locally to you should be easy to source…

But what a difference that would make…How easy is that to action???

Now for the good news stories...or is it?

a stack of paper cups

Compostable cup sales soar…

Rivers…They flow into the sea…Do you have a river near you? Is it clean are the fish abundant or is it like this?

Image by Rafael_Neddermeyer from Pixabay


Plastic bottles, the detritus of our throwaway water and soft drinks habits, are the most prevalent form of plastic pollution in European waterways, according to a new report.

Food wrappers, including crisp and sweet packets, were the second biggest form of plastic pollution in rivers, followed by cigarette butts. All of these forms of litter can cause problems for wildlife and fish and are hard to clean up once they have found their way into the water.

Glitter…“Some major supermarkets are moving to ban these harmful microplastics, but the British public is clear; supermarkets should be moving faster to tackle plastic waste.”

tubes of various glitters

The British government…Michael Gove, in particular, has been asked to move on this..Come on a 25-year plan is not good enough we want to see action now…If you live in the UK and feel the same please sign this petition…

Vanuatu...Has one of the worlds strictest plastic bans…

Vanuatu local band

Vanuatu is an island country located in the southern Pacific Ocean.

The official name of the country is the Republic of Vanuatu.

Its closest neighbours are New Caledonia (France), Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Tuvalu.

The country is located some 1,750 kilometres (1,090 miles) east of northern Australia.

Vanuatu has 3 official languages: Bislama, English and French.

A beautiful country with pristine beaches and they aim to keep it that way 

Every other country and government take note…However big or small you are an outright ban…WORKS…

Talking about baby steps and a small contributionAdele Marie said…I have another story for your Waste not Want not. My wife Becca has been taking wildflower seeds with her when walking our dog Dante and she has been spreading them over areas that are forgotten and never touched where the flowers hopefully, will grow and provide a haven for Bees, butterflies, and all manner of insects. xxx

Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Image by n-k from Pixabay

I think that is an idea worth sharing …WELL DONE, Becca a lovely idea which I am sure all the bees and butterflies will be grateful for and so will the human population as without bees we all know the outcome… Thank you for sharing Adele xxx

Even though I bring you the harsh stark facts I love to bring the good news so please if you are still reading share wherever you can and think about those 3 small actions and how united we can make a difference…xxx

Thank you for reading xxx

green foot prints eco system

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then I bid you welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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18 thoughts on “Plastic…Part 3…Our actions…The Consequences…

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…My weekly roundup of this weeks posts…Plastic, Hemp, Kaffir Lime Marmalade and Chocolate Cupcakes | Retired? No one told me!

  2. inese

    Thank you for sharing, Carol. Sad situation, on many levels. It is an individual responsibility to care about environment – a real chance for each person to save the world. It is all we can do. As we are talking here, a worldwide industry continues producing plastic. It takes years to discontinue and switch to some other products. We shouldn’t forget that there are employees and their families. Some people are making a living working in the industry. It is not only an environmental but also serious economical and technological problem. Meanwhile, we can make changes in our personal lives, and do our part. As I said, we can start saving the world right now.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I hear you Inese and yes it would take years which is why action to change from manufacturers needs to start now for that reason alone and many show no signs of that. Yes as a consumer we can and should be making changes but the onus is not just on the consumer it is also on the manufacturers and that industry needs to start making changes now…Let’s hope that the many changes that consumers are making will encourage governments and manufacturers to start making those changes to save our beautiful world ..Thank you so much for your valid comment Inese I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Adele…I just think that sometimes individual contributions to what matters and to help us survive are overlooked but they matter and it is a great idea that anyone can adopt …Thank you for the reblog, Adelle 🙂 xx

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  3. Anne Louise OConnell

    Amen Carol! I use re-usable grocery bags, paper bags for vegetables when the store has them (more should be doing that) and a re-usable water bottle. I agree it has to be a total ban on plastic, especially as the countries that used to buy our recycled plastic can no longer handle the volume! So, each time I put plastic in a re-cycle bin I know it’s just going to a holding facility that is overflowing until they figure out what to do with it… but at least it’s not in a river. I really should do more but I am always conscious of minimizing the plastic packaging I purchase and will try harder!

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  4. cindy knoke

    Plastic straws are now illegal in California.
    California really does need to squash Trump like the bad bug he is.
    Our economy is bigger than many countries, and certainly bigger than any US state.
    I went to lunch today with my son, and the waitress asked, “Would you like straws with your drinks?”
    And I answered, “Well I know they are now illegal.”
    She said, “We still have some and we don’t know how to throw them out, so if you want them, you can have them.”
    I already voted for the measure two years ago that makes me pay through the nose every time I forget to bring my recyclable bags to the grocery store.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Good for you, Cindy and if they are ilegal then measures should be in place to stop the use of them and replace them with bamboo , paper or glass it is a pretty poor excuse about how they don’t know about how to throw them out ..Can you not report them ? 🙂 xx


  5. robertawrites235681907

    We were given glass straws at the restaurant we went to on Saturday evening, Carol. That is the first time I have seen these in SA. I don’t usually buy straws, earbuds and the like but coffee cups and lids are a problem for me.

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