Sunday, 10 December 2017
Teeny Tiny Steps
Along with everyone else in the country we have been unable to avoid the news about the horrendous amounts of plastic we are chucking out willy nilly. I've known for a long time that it's something I really need to work on, but something happened recently that made Dan and I decide enough was enough.
I wish I could remember what brought it to a head, it would probably be inspirational, but I can't. It's been coming since the Hugh's War On Waste show about coffee cups, there's the huge amount of waste that goes through the charity shop every week. Everything we receive into the shop is waste in a sense, it's something the owner doesn't want, and thankfully we can sell, recycle via the rag merchant, or pass on to a different charity a lot of it, but plenty still goes into the bin. I have absolutely no clue what happens to it after that, but we don't have a separate recycling bin.
We have a couple of reusable coffee cups but tend to only use them when I take mylk to the shop or we take a drink out with us, I've never used mine for take out coffee, but neither have I had take out coffee so that's not too bad. Today we went to Windermere as there was a festive market on, I used my cup at the fantastic Earthworm Kitchen for a delicious almond mylk hot chocolate orange (it was amazing) you can see me enjoying it in the above picture. They didn't bat an eyelid. Later, Dan fancied a coffee so we used the same cup at a different place, even though the cup had been used the cafe owner wasn't bothered at all. Success! I know people in larger towns and cities will be surprised at my happiness, but this is a place where I once saw someone ordered their coffee in a reusable cup and the cafe owner made it in a paper cup, decanted the coffee and threw the paper cup away.
We did get some food too, but we had forks in the car and the container is suitable to go into the compost so that will happen tomorrow. The squidged item was The Buble Burger!
I had been thinking of buying a tiffin box or something for those times we treat ourselves to cake, but then I saw how much they cost and decided that I really could make do with the plastic tub with a domed clip on lid that we already own.
Oh, another minor win was when we bought some onions, we don't have a market here so we buy almost everything from a supermarket. On Saturday we bought a bag of onions in a paper bag, there's a little bit of plastic on the front of the bag but it's a start.