I have just read an interesting article, in the Daily Mail, on the isolated and uncontacted tribes of the Amazon Forest. Two of the tribes, the Akuntsu and Kanoe have been seen by government workers and both were wearing jewellery made from discarded pieces of plastic! It is ironic that these people who live simple lives, in harmony with the environment and create no pollution, find a way to put our rubbish to some use. If only we could find ways of dealing with used plastic in the ‘educated’ world. Continue reading Amazonian Tribes should leave us feeling ashamed
Ok, so the first three in that list are in order of importance and recycling should be the last resort – but far better than disposal nether-the-less! So, recycling does have its merits.
My local Council is having a push on recycling paper, and they have sent everyone a leaflet with recycling facts, that I actually found quite interesting. For instance:
- If everyone in the town recycled 2 toilet roll tubes it would power the library for 11 days. I thought that was impressive!
- Recycling just 1 glossy magazine saves enough energy to boil a kettle 9 times.
- It only takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a new newspaper.
Hopefully, this will encourage more paper recycling but I also saw online that there was the opportunity to recycle low grade plastics at the town’s refuge centre. So, I washed and saved all my low grade plastics, which I also separated into their relevant PE numbers, and took them along. Only to be told that they went in the non-recyclable waste (no washing or separation required there!). Apparently they are then incinerated, with everything else, to produce ‘green’ energy. I am not too sure how ‘green’ that energy will be!!!
Oh, we have a long way to go when it comes to managing plastic.
The Prime Minister announced a £61.4 million pound fund towards reducing plastic waste as she prepared for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders. Theresa May will ask the 52 representatives to sign up to a Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, which aims to help developing Commonwealth nations improve their waste management.
Sky and the National Geographic magazine have also joined forces to tackle the issue of plastic pollution by offering $10 million fund, which is part of Sky Ocean ventures launched in March to “solve the ocean plastic crisis”. Continue reading The monies coming but where will it go?
There is a superb video produced by A Plastic Planet (on their website www.aplasticplanet.com), which gets right to the heart of the issues with plastic. Continue reading A Plastic Planet
Reduce- Is there any need for a plastic tray and lid? No, not really, cheap, recyclable packaging may not be suitable for a microwave but it only takes about 3 seconds to empty the contents into a microwavable dish!
Reuse- Oh I will be doing for about the next 20 years, to justify the packaging’s existence.
Recycle- Not in Bolton. Quote from Council website ‘Your yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays are made using a low grade plastic and at the moment there is no market in the UK to recycle these items.