One of my favourites images on Facebook this past week has been a sexually humorous environmental campaign. It features the words: “You might like to be choked but sea turtles don’t. Keep your fucking plastic out of the ocean”.
Here’s a link to the original post.
Although it could be seen as crude, the image struck a cord with me. Everybody knows that we are a world filled to the brim with plastic. Woolworths and Coles in Australia have wonderfully decided to take steps to reduce their plastic, most recently with the removal of single use plastic bags. This, although great, still isn’t enough action.
Therefore as the part owner of a house I’m going to do what I can to reduce our household waste. Seems a fitting time to start being the year anniversary of our house purchase, but I wish I started sooner.
This won’t be an overnight transformation – I aim to pick an area of single use plastic to address once a month. Sometimes I won’t do anything new, sometimes I will do more than one area. Something is better than nothing, with the hope that one day we will have a single use plastic free household. I want to teach my future children better; I want to raise them in a more sustainable environment; I want it to be second nature for myself, and them.
- I have read the FAQs on my local council’s website to see what items can actually be recycled in the bin collections. I wasn’t sure on waxed cardboard, but that can be included; dog food cans can be; Aerosol cans was surprise; aluminium foil will be my choice from now on instead of glad/cling wrap; foam meat trays; ice cream containers. A simple Google search for your council’s website should bring up the same results. I had to search a bit to find an A-Z recycling guide, but it’s very helpful. I’ll be writing out a list of uncommon items I didn’t know of and sticking near my bin until we’ve committed those items to memory.
- Locate a Redcycle dumping point near me – both of the Coles and Woolworths in my area have collection points. Follow this link to find the points in your area which should be at a supermarket. Redcycle takes in soft plastic such as bread wrappings, pasta bags and cereal lining bags. They are recycled into things like fitness circuits, outdoor furniture and signage.
- Hang a reusable shopping bag in the kitchen for soft plastic collection to be deposited when food shopping in the future.
It all starts with knowledge.
A perfect world would mean every kind of plastic is biodegradable or plastic wasn’t used, and we may get there one day, but unfortunately we still live a plastic plagued existence. Our appliances are plastic: dishwashers, power points, TVs, clothing, medical equipment. I don’t think we’ll ever be rid of plastic unless something else to replace it is invented, but we can all do our part to reduce, and maybe one day remove, single use plastic.
This is the first in a series of blog posts – apologises to anyone following my blog for writing advice or book loving posts, but environmental sustainability IS a concern of everyone. I will still post an array of literary posts, but I will continue to show everyone how I go on my journey to reduce the waste in our home.