The Story of Plastic…27th July…

Hello and welcome to my environmental posts…it has been two weeks since I watched the film “The story of Plastic” and attended the virtual Q & A session shortly afterward…

Both worthwhile as there was much I learned and it left me not only with answers but questions and concerns…

The story of plastic charts how the gas and oil industries have been very successful in manipulating the narrative…Who are the heroes and villains?

Not the consumer as manufacturers and packaging companies have always had us believing…they would like us to continue believing we are not doing enough or not doing it correctly..they are always urging governments to run community-funded re-cycling initiatives when there is no responsibility on them to sort the problem…

The industry has to be responsible… if something cannot be easily compostable or recycled it should not be made…the industry needs to produce packaging which can all be recycled or THEY should take the used packaging back or PAY and support the government to provide the correct recycling facilities.

For too long cash strapped communities and governments have had to pay…

The solution should be manufacturer led and not consumer-led…

Cleanups are all well and good but the problem does not go away they are NOT the solution…

Of the annual plastic production…

  • 32% is litter
  • 40% landfill
  • 14% incinerated
  • 14 % recycled
  • 2% effectively recycled

These figures are always changing...much has changed now that Asia as a whole has stopped taking the trash of the western world.

If you really look into those figures or more to the point the next step…

Landfill…as plastic degrades it releases toxic gases into the atmosphere…which means waste and climate change are all part of the same problem.

Incinerated plastic ...releases CO2 into the atmosphere…as well as toxins…

This is a better solution...

Recycled…some are part of the circular economy which is good but if it is downcycled it is made into something much worse…Can it be I ask…

When recycling is cleaned where does that water go?… Ask yourself as you diligently recycle DO you actually know what happens to your recycling? More to the point even those who collect your recycling don’t even know what happens to it when it leaves their depot…

Did you know and this is what shocked me…biscuit wrappers, crisp packets and those little single-use sachets which are sold everywhere in Asia and creeping into the western world which contain ketchup, spices, chilli, hair shampoo conditioner, powdered milk, coffee…you name and you can buy in a single portion…

I order in a pizza maybe twice a year...a treat for the grandkids…They give us enough ketchup, spices, and chilli to last the year with the order…

These little sachets are multi-layer and these layers include paper, plastic, aluminum, (EPS), Polyvinyl-chloride, Polypropylene (PP); THEY are non-recyclable…

Currently, there are around 83 kinds of separation for plastic...That is crazy…as I said in the beginning manufacturers and packaging plants should not be allowed to produce anything which cannot easily be reused or recycled and not in thousands of years in a landfill…Years ago I saw the disaster for two homes which were built on or close to a landfill site…when an explosion occurred there was nothing left just a burnt gaping space…

What am I going to do?… I will not buy any more single portion sachets or accept any if I order pizza…

The effect on my household... it just means if I go away I will buy shampoo etc and then leave it for the next person …the same with suntan lotions no more single sachets for a weekend away…or I will take my own small containers if allowed by the airlines…there are many lovely little bamboo containers for sale here just right for shampoo and shower gel…Which means whatever the circumstances I can do without those small sachets as for biscuit wrappers and crisp packets…

I think many of us over the last few months have been making our own cookies and although crisps…may be harder for some to give up it can be done and think of the difference it will make to your waistline…SAY NO TO ANYTHING WHICH CANNOT BE RECYCLED.

Little Luke did…

Or write to the manufacturer…crisps used to have little blue paper bags of salt…it may have been damp sometimes but we coped…they also came in paper bags… we need to be more proactive especially if it is a product we like to buy…

Over the next few weeks, I will look at the consequences of fracking, plastic, and especially micro and nano plastics which are now being found increasingly in our food and water throughout the world.

Recent studies found plastic particles in 83% of tap water samples taken globally and 93% of bottled water.

I am not saying we don’t need plastic we do BUT..definitely no single-use plastic at all around the world and reuse wherever you can…The remainder of plastic needs to be fully recyclable within a reasonable timescale and not thousands of years…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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.

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 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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

 

 

35 thoughts on “The Story of Plastic…27th July…

  1. amreade

    This is exactly the type of post I like to put up at least once a month, to show people how much plastic we’re using and how much we could help the environment by finding substitutes or just refusing to use single-use plastics. It’s the throw-and-go culture built around simplicity and ease, and the whole world would benefit if we could just slow down and think for a minute about what we’re doing every time we toss a piece of plastic that’s going to degrade long, long after we’re gone.

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  4. dgkaye

    Great post Carol. It seems as the world changes, all the evils that man can do seem to be surfacing and being recognized, I hope we’re learning. And oddly enough, check out my Friday WATWB post about those foil packets you talk about here. ❤

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  5. OIKOS™-Publishing

    Very interesting information, and the gasifications seems to be one of the bet methods recyling plastic. Here i remember it was said some years ago, but after that the used o called “thermo recycling” aka “burning it with all the other waste”. Michael

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  6. petespringerauthor

    I suppose the costs would be passed on to the consumer, but why couldn’t the government require manufacturers to be more proactive in creating efficient recyclables?

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  7. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    An excellent post Carol.. I can’t believe how many sachets you get with your pizza.. in the old days we used to refill the ketchup and mustard bottles on the table from five litre drums until health and safety said it was unhealthy and portion control became the buzz word. And I agree the manufacturers and the supermarkets have to make more of an effort, although most of the fruit and veg I bought this morning from Tesco were on biodegradable card holders which is a stop in the right direction.. hugsxx

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  8. Jim Borden

    nice to read your first review of the film. I will try to avoid those single-use packages as well. I was just curious about Luke’s video – he is using a single-use packet, but he says it is environmentally friendly?

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  9. marianbeaman

    About a month ago my husband replaced plastic with glass containers for leftovers, better for both environment and health as plastic contains biaxins. I’m happy to see the video Turning Trash into Fuel.

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