Our Challenge for January

Plastics in the oceans ends up as beach litter on the Turks and Caicos Islands

Plastics in the oceans ends up as beach litter on the Turks and Caicos Islands

The family challenge from tomorrow is to live without plastics for a month then try to maintain a low plastic existence thereafter.  To be more accurate we will avoid all single use plastics (otherwise no computer, phone, car, TV etc.).  This includes recyclable plastics too as recycling isn’t really a solution to the problem.  If you do look at recycling marks on plastics then it’s amazing how many are not even recyclable (particularly composite materials).  We are doing this with two of Duncan’s work colleagues and documenting some of it on a separate blog: goingplasticfree.  Why?  Well look at the why page on that blog!


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5 Responses to Our Challenge for January

  1. Reblogged this on Vivinfrance's Blog and commented:
    This is so important, and I applaud the efforts of my family to do something about the problem. Here is my poem written last year, and even more valid now:

    A red-letter day – the parliament of the Sea Creatures

    Hear ye, hear ye,
    the trumpet fish waved his long snout
    The Boss is anxious to sort things out.
    He’s calling a meeting of all you chaps
    to right a few wrongs, so perhaps
    you would kindly make your way
    to the barrier reef
    at eighteen degrees South
    by one four eight East
    at half past four on Sunday week.
    At the appointed hour
    you should have seen the throng:
    of whales and sharks and lion fish
    with cod and hake and herring;
    anemones and sea slugs
    sea cucumbers and angel fish,
    awakened coral, fighting shy of parrot fish –
    1it should have been a disaster
    but I quelled them with one Godly look.
    We’re here to talk, not nibble
    you can quibble after. I’m having my say,
    and what I say goes.
    We need to keep a balance
    of species and varieties,
    so you must control your appetites.
    Give and be given, live and let live.

    It’s those blasted humans
    who’re spoiling the ocean for us –
    whose greed and careless waste
    cause death, pollution and worse.
    That’s what we’re here to discuss.
    Mutter mutter, argy bargy,
    piffle, waffle, and baloney –
    after hours of fruitless discussion ,
    the God’s expression stony,
    he came to momentous decision.

    What I propose is to intervene
    with the Gods of storms and weather,
    but most of all with the human race
    To work together, clean up our act
    to save us all this bother.
    ‘Twas soon agreed by one and all
    that it was worth a try:
    the case was taken to Zeus and won –
    unique in unanimity.

  2. Sorry, I didn’t mean my poem to appear here, but if I edit it out of my blog, I lose your piece as well.

  3. thehutts says:

    No problem Viv – great poem.

  4. catterel says:

    Looking around me at the myriad of plastic items, I can only say “Chapeau !” and wish you all the best in this attempt. I’d like to do the same — you have certainly made me think.

  5. cecilia says:

    what an excellent idea, i might join you.. well after i have finished travelling.. travel is terrible really.. c

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