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War on plastic

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 31,042 mod
Have you seen any stories on the war on plastic?

I saw this one about how the NHS is going back to using china cups and saucers rather than plastic cups.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/11/nhs-returns-china-cups-saucers-war-disposable-cups/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter


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  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge This video of a diver swimming through a staggering amount of plastic has knocked me sideways. I'm glad to know that NHS is trying to make a difference.

  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    I think it is great that the NHS are doing that, as there is far too much plastic waste. Everyone should try to cut back on the amount that they are using.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands I don't buy plastic bags from a supermarket and bring mine every time I go shopping, which has taken a lot of wear and tear already.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    Vok said:

    @GemmaRowlands I don't buy plastic bags from a supermarket and bring mine every time I go shopping, which has taken a lot of wear and tear already.

    Yes, I do the same. I will buy one occasionally, as mine do sometimes tear, but they last for a long time.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I take cloth bags with me as spare bags when I go shopping. I sometimes have a few plastic bags, but just to wrap wet or cold things.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    Apparently Australia is undergoing a plastic crisis at the moment. The most remote parts of Australia that supposed to be pristine and crystal clean are badly effected too. Plastic is ubiquitous. The impingement on wildlife is yet to be determined but one thing is certain already, it's high time we were more careful with the usage of plastic.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/16/plastic-is-literally-everywhere-the-epidemic-attacking-australias-oceans
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I think everywhere is starting to realise how serious the plastic problem is @Vok.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    Just to give you the idea of how much plastic each of us use per year here is a good article on that. Although I don't think I use that much, I'm dumbfounded by the amount to be frank with you. Having seen such a staggering amount of the plastic waste produced by one person you can't help it but wanting to cut down on your consumption. Indeed it's easier to take in the scale of the problem when it's shown on the example of one consumer rather than get you head around a vague amount of plastic waste expressed in hundreds of tons.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/17/i-kept-all-my-plastic-year-4490-items-forced-rethink
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 897 ✭✭✭
    Isn't plastic recycled? I think it gets shredded and reused e.g. for making insulation.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    @Practical_Severard I suppose they can't keep up with the amount of plastic waiting to be recycled.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    Incidentally, only 56 items from 4490 collected by this guy from the article I shared above turned out to be made from recycled material.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Nowadays more plastic is being recycled but I think this is only a more recent development. I don't think I am aware of much that is recycled plastic in France. In Nepal they are only starting to recycle it as before they didn't have the means to do it and used to send it to India. I have seen plastic waste being made into plastic water containers in Chitwan, an area of Nepal where they have quite a lot of waste not only from local people but tourists too.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    I take cloth bags with me as spare bags when I go shopping. I sometimes have a few plastic bags, but just to wrap wet or cold things.

    I have cloth bags too but I do carry some plastic bags to put raw meat in, as I like to throw those bags away afterwards.. even though I'm sure the meat was safely in its packet.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Yes it's always useful to have a plastic bag to wrap stuff that might leak and make a mess. In particular I like to make sure I don't have any accidents with yoghurt @GemmaRowlands.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    mheredge said:

    Yes it's always useful to have a plastic bag to wrap stuff that might leak and make a mess. In particular I like to make sure I don't have any accidents with yoghurt @GemmaRowlands.

    Yeah I have had a few "exploding" yoghurts before now! I am quite picky when it comes to food hygiene, so I always have to make sure that everything is stored and transported in the best possible way.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I was too efficient in refusing plastic bags so now we have a few things to take back with us, I've had to be quite inventive with using the bits of paper and foil to wrap things. Most of the things I have are in glass bottles or jars, which is okay except for the weight! I use jars at home a lot all the time.
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