Friday, June 28, 2019

Looking After the Environment for the next Generation

My granddaughters are five and two years old. I'm seventy-one, so unlikely to experience their world when they reach adulthood. The legacy that I will leave for them, in environmental terms, concerns me more and more. So I have recently stepped up my efforts to reduce my impact on the environment - especially where plastics and chemical pollutants are concerned.

Two little fairies in the woods

I'm a big fan of Method cleaning products, which were on a 3 for 2 offer today in Waitrose. The Method bottles are made from old containers are made from old plastic bottles, and the cleaning products that they contain (which smell wonderful) are all biodegradable. And they do as good a job as the chemical products that are polluting our homes and our lungs every time we spray them.

And I have found somewhere to take used crisp packets for onward transmission to places where they are transformed into all manner of interesting items. Here's a fun video of what happens to them after they are taken to the recycling pick-up point.  My resident son takes a packet of crisps to work in his lunch box every day ( I know - unhealthy, but he's an adult. What can you do?)  Every year that amounts to around 200 crisp packets that can't go into the recycling bin.

If you missed Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's BBC TV series War of Plastic you can find it on catch-up tv. It was quite an eye-opener for me.