View from the horizon

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Frida Kahlo using a bed easel

 It’s not because I find it difficult to get up in the morning (far from it, I’m a light sleeper) but I have spent the last week mostly horizontally. It hasn’t been some extreme, surreal experiment or supreme laziness either; I have to confess it’s not been by choice or much fun. You see, I have hurt my back again. A pinched sciatic nerve here on my lower left back has rendered my in a twilight-supine zone. My usual solution is a 40 minute visit to the chiropractor but alas, this time, I am reliant on pain killers and rest.

Unlike Dali, Yoko Ono, Matisse and the ever resourceful Frida Kahlo (as pictured) who managed to overcome physical and metaphysical barriers in their creative moments, I have been mostly able to read on an iPad in between drifting off into slumber. These snatches of life gleaned from extraordinary moments in the day have meant frequent reading (and re-reading) of online news and an attempt to understand some of the global events taking place. Whereas Kahlo’s extended horizontal periods led to her great explorations of culture and personal identity, I have mostly followed the story of the migrant children in the USA.

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Critics from across the political spectrum attacked President Trump’s now-reversed policy of separating children from parents who are being detained for illegally entering the United States. The separations occurred when, under a “zero tolerance” immigration policy, adults are arrested for crossing the border illegally. As children cannot be held in an adult jail, they are currently held separately. At one point this week, it was reported that small infants would be sent to ‘tender age’ shelters, leading the news anchor herself to sob uncontrollably. This horrific practice led to former first ladies (Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton) calling for rapid changes to the law to undo this cruel procedure and the current first lady, Melania Trump appealing to ‘both sides’ (heard that somewhere before). Bizarrely, we had alt-right mouthpiece, Coulter imply the migrant children were actors, saying:

“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now, do not fall for it, Mr President,” – Ann Coulter, Fox News

And apologist Laura Ingraham saying the detainment cages were just ‘summer camps’ anyhow. Not sure I would like to go to this Butlins…

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Farcical also that the approved US customs photo shows accompanied children which has not been the practice. It took 48 hours for Trump to perform a U-turn on the policy, apparently as his daughter Ivanka implored him to do so. Pressure from senators, public figures and six American airlines who had told the Trump administration not to use their aircraft to transport child migrants who have been separated from their parents also might have played a small role. After all, if Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United airlines all said the policy contravened their values and they would not fly migrant children or allow the Trump regime to fly to Florida to golf at the weekend… oh, yeah he probably would just use Airforce 1.

Last word on this from Harry Leslie Smith, 95 year-old WWII veteran:


Further:

Eight artists who made masterpieces in bed, Huck magazine, 24.11.15

Trump migrant separation policy: Children ‘in cages’ in Texas, BBC News, 18.6.18

 

Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party, The Guardian, 19.6.18

Ann Coulter tells Trump that immigrant children are ‘child actors’, in …, The Independent, 19.6.18

Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Faces Backlash for Calling Immigrant Detention Centers ‘Summer Camps’, TV Line, 19.6.18

I’m nearly 100 years old, I saw the 1945 refugee crisis firsthand – and I need people to listen to my warning, The Independent, 20.6.18

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow cries on air as she reports migrant children being sent to ‘tender age’ shelters, The Independent, 20.6.18

The Story behind the Trump ‘Time’ Welcome to America Cover, Time magazine, 21.6.18

Trump backs down on migrant family separations policy, BBC News, 21.6.18

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Modern life is rubbish* – Part 6: Fur

*Post title stolen from Blur album of same name equally stolen from stencilled graffiti painted along Bayswater Road in London, created by an anarchist group¹.

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“Leading the pack, of course, was the Duchess of Cornwall, who unlike the virtue-signalling younger royals, is far too wise and sensible to care what anyone thinks of her, hence presumably her smart tweed suit finished with a fur-trimmed hat” via DailyMail 16.3.18

Why is it that society never seems to learn? Just when you think an ethical argument is won, it rebounds and smacks you round the chops. Be it Fascist politics (argument won circa 1945) currently on the resurgence in Italy, via populist movements throughout Europe and arguable the USA (see here) or the use of animal fur in fashion.

I hate to use examples from the right-wing press or even link to their webpages but seeing is believing and the Sarah Vine article linked to in the photo above is truly unbelievable. You have to read it for yourself and see the celebrities in their furry animal skins. It is an intentionally provocative piece but what is most shocking is that the author is the spouse of Michael Gove, the controversialist government Environment Secretary.

I thought this was an argument won many, many years ago. In fact about 20 years ago, few designers would dare to use it. The National Geographic² magazine claims that fur is back in fashion as:

Animal skins are being embraced by designers amid a push to make the lives and deaths of captive creatures more humane.

This cinema-infomercial was originally commissioned by Greenpeace and I remember it’s striking visual message well from the 1980s: (WARNING: Graphic/disturbing content)

The tag line that: “It takes forty dumb b***hes to make a fur coat but only one to wear it” still sticks in my head. Many of the top luxury, fashion brands shun fur; recently Versace announced they would no longer support the fur trade which should have been the last word on the matter. They would be joining Gucci (2017), Armani (2016), Michael Kors (2017), Tom Ford (2018) and of course early adopters like Calvin Klein (1994), Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood (all ceased fur use in 2007) and Stella McCartney (2001).

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Celebrity Katie Price wears pink (mink, fox, rabbit and racoon) via Mirror online16.3.18

So what the hell has changed and why the celebrity endorsements? I have self-confessed pet-loving kids in my class this winter wearing obscene Canada Goose snow jackets featuring coyote fur trim. I asked one child if she had a pet dog… I had to stop myself from going further (other than an audible “yuck” but I wanted to know if she would ‘wear’ her dog’s skin). The truth is, it’s all about marketing and complacency. Celebs wearing products endorse their use (possibly get paid to promote a designer or brand) and naiive, impressionable and wannabe trendy youngsters and should-know betters (genuine celebs like Meg Ryan, Drake and Daniel Craig) extend their use and profits. The rest of us are complacent by not being firm enough about our opposition because the Nine Shocking Facts about Fur are still as relevant and globally true today as they were 20 years ago. There was an outraged response last November when retailers (ASOS, Missguided, House of Fraser) were found to be selling real fur labelled wrongly as faux-fur/polyester on the high street. So why aren’t we equally outraged by this latest example of real fur fashion?

…we shouldn’t be complacent. Since banning fur farming here, the UK has imported at least £650m worth of fur. The majority of this fur is from farms overseas where the animal suffering is just as bad, if not worse, than the cruelty we deemed unacceptable in this country. It makes our government’s claim of having “some of the best animal welfare standards in the world’ ring rather hollow when it transpires that, in the case of the fur trade, we’ve simply outsourced our animal cruelty to countries like China, Poland and Canada. ~ The Independent 24.11.17

Maybe we are being too sensitive to shock people out of their complacency:

Modern technology hasn’t made the lives and deaths of fur-bred animals more humane at all. Fashion and textiles technologists are genuinely looking for alternatives not just for fur but also leather, wool, feather down, mohair, angora and silk. Animals are not ethically (at any rate) a commodity to be used to wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way.  Shame on these so-called celebrity endorsements for taking society back a step or three and their resurgence of this unsustainable, cruel and archaic practice!

Further: Do More

Read Animals used for fur – via Peta.

Read Fur in fashion’s past and faux fur in its future – via Fashionista.

 


¹http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Life_Is_Rubbish

²https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/skin-trade-fur-fashion/

 

Top 5: Eco-documentary movies

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We live in a predominantly visual society.  I have posters in my art room with a wide variety of visual arts information; arts related jobs, an infographic that illustrates the contribution of the visual arts to the UK economy and all the soft skills that can develop through studying visual arts. Yet, kids still say things like ‘what good is art in the world, generally?’ There is such a push on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), you’d assume that the future can only be shaped by certain school subjects. I find myself pointing out that the products of STEM subject innovation are interdependent on visual input; the difference between a car assembly robot and WALL-E for example. They watch so much video online through social media, much of it devoid of intelligent thought, I suggest they just turn it off (all of it) for maybe an hour to see if their imaginations can be enlivened.

So, to get them thinking visually, I point out that their frequent viewing of You Tube or Netflix should involve something thought-provoking and well-made visually; not necessarily about art or photography or even popular movies. So I suggest an ecology-themed documentary instead! I considerate it part of their wider-education in visual culture. To prepare for an hour without visual stimulation (such as WWF Earth Hour next Saturday),  here’s my Top 5 eco-documentaries:

1 Earthlings

2 Before The Flood

3 Cowspiracy

4 An Inconvenient Truth

5 BlackFish

Hope you enjoyed this little list, and you’re encouraged to make your own Top 5 list. Meanwhile: Support Earth Hour by switching-off between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday 24th March, 2018. Just text EARTH to 70123 to donate £3 this #EarthHourUK.

 


 

 

The Ebb and Flow of Plastic Waste

 

Video: Independent Newspaper/Caroline Power Photography

The PM this week announced a 25 year plan for the UK to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042¹. Plastic waste such as the carrier bags, food packaging and disposable plastic straws that litter the country and pollute the seas would be abolished. Much was made of supermarkets stocking plastic-free aisles (and interviews with retailers complaining about damaged food and odours; the primary functions of the plastic trays and coatings).

“In the UK alone, the amount of single-use plastic wasted every year would fill 1,000 Royal Albert Halls.” – Theresa May

Can we really be prepared to wait 25 years for legislation and compulsory action? The shocking video from The Independent (see above), BBC’s Blue Planet II and environmental studies featured elsewhere illustrate a vast sea of plastic pollution but what about the hidden plastics buried in land fill sites? A manufacturer on Radio 4’s Today programme was challenged on his production of single-use plastic; his response was “We’ve tried to make biodegradable products. They don’t look as good and they’re expensive.”

So it is a consumer and economics issue? Do we really need to pay more or are we bothered by blue rather than black plastic trays protecting our giant Italian pears? If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building (source: National Geographic²).

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cc Ben Kerckx

You may be interested in the attempt by my family and I to live plastic-lite for a month (read about it here). We attempted the plastic challenge (encouraged by the Marine Conservation Society #plasticchallenge) for the whole month buying only packaged goods in HDPE, PP or some PET plastic that my local curb-side recycling will take! Our five supermarket shops during the month took place at different stores and we pledged not to buy rather than compromise from the very start. The rationale is that consumers can insist on packaging that is widely recycled, then big corporations can be forced to adapt to our (and our planet’s) needs. You may be interested in trying something similar, so here is my advice…

Product Alternative Source
Multiple use shopping bags Jute shoppers Unicef – includes funding for 2 measles vaccinations for children per bag
Plastic for loose vegetables Paper bags Amazon – various sizes about 40p each
Plastic toothbrush Bamboo toothbrush Ethical superstore UK – eg. medium bamboo
Single-use water bottle Washable/reusable multi-use bottle Three value 1L Tritan bottles from Amazon
Toilet rolls/packaging Recycled paper and compatible plastic packaging (no, not reusable paper!) This was difficult to source but Suma produce this which can be acquired through Amazon
Storage for berries, meats and cheeses Glass, metal and other jars and boxes Often jars/metal storage comes with a plastic lid which you would take to loose produce sections, deli counters or traditional butchers. These have a BPA free lid and use a small amount of plastic but are reusable and washable.

Greenpeace’s solutions for plastic packaging:

  1. Prioritise reusable packaging and develop systems based on reuse
  2. Make sure packaging is 100 percent recycled, as well as recyclable or compostable
  3. Share information about the plastic they use, reuse and recycle, so progress can be measured
  4. Support bottle deposit return schemes, where a small deposit is added to the cost of packaged drinks, which can be reclaimed when the container is returned.

This problem isn’t simply going to disappear. We cannot wait 25 years for legislation to force retailers and manufacturers as change is only one decision away.


Further reading

¹The Independent – Theresa May vows to eliminate UK’s plastic waste by 2042, 10th January 2018

²National Geographic – 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled, 19th July, 2017

BBC News – UK faces build-up of plastic waste, 1st January 2018

BBC News – What are supermarkets doing to fight plastic? 14th January 2018

Five Things (2017)

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Five things achieved this year:

  1. #PlasticChallenge: a month of plastic-lite living (June)
  2. Hiking
  3. Mindfulness apps
  4. Draughtsmanship teaching
  5. Hacktivism

1 My family and I attempted the #plasticchallenge for the whole month of June buying only packaged goods in HDPE, PP or some PET plastic that my local curb-side recycling will take! Our five supermarket shops during the month took place at different stores and we pledged not to buy rather than compromise from the very start. The rationale is that consumers can insist on packaging that is widely recycled, then big corporations can be forced to adapt to our (and our planet’s) needs. In addition, in preparation is the end of May, we replaced our plastic shopping bags with jute (natural materials) and our own paper grocery bags for loose items. This was based on the Marine Conservation Society “plastic challenge”, asking us to give up single-use plastic for a day, a week or even the whole month. See their website here. Plastics pollution is a massive issue, see my original blog post from May and the results of the plastic-lite living from the July.

2 Hiking has re-inspired me this year.

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Due to a back injury toward the end of 2015, I decided to walk every day for at least 40 minutes. Sometimes I go for an hour or two near home and occasionally somewhere a bit more challenging (Peak District, Derbyshire in photo). I feel healthier, can think clearer, take some photos and even encourage my daughter to get outside more.

3 I became interested in meditation at university and have continued to practice when I could find the time ever since. I went to classes in Nottingham when I lived there and used a (FWBO) metta-bhavana audio tape for years! I went on to use this online audio sometimes which is similar. Throughout 2016, my school undertook street-yoga activities with Year 7s. Although I realised these 5-minute Mindfulness exercises were yet another edu-fad that would disappear without the funding, I was one of the few teachers to keep it up all year! In the summer, I started playing around with some of the iOS apps and this reemergence of mindfulness practice has been one of my top 5 achievements this year.

4 Any art teachers involved in the teaching of the new 1-9 GCSE Art & Design will know there is a new emphasis on drawing in all it’s forms. That includes in the Photography endorsement. The implication for this ‘new emphasis’ is that drawing was a measure of rigour. Consequently, much of my teaching at GCSE has had a focus on drawing and this has inspired me to go back to pencil, pen & ink and eventually invest in an Apple Pencil. I am still getting to grips with the digital pencil’s possibilities!

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“Flotsam & Jetsam”, refugees from southern Mediterranean

5 I have been a bit more reticent on Twitter this year, partly due to their failure to kick a certain White House resident off their media platform (reasons they haven’t outlined here). I have got involved with a bit more ‘hacktivism’ though, not so much in the proper definition of the term…

Hacktivism is the act of hacking, or breaking into a computer system, for a politically or socially motivated purpose.

… more in terms of using my social media account for a positive, socially motivated purpose. As you can read above regarding the Marine Conservation Society’s #plasticchallenge, social behaviour and even legislation can be changed with group online activity. A high profile campaign like this, followed by amazing BBC footage in Blue Planet II might change single-use plastic forever. This has global consequences (see Boston). Via Greenpeace campaigns I have lobbied VW (electric vehicles, Bluemotion Diesel) and Coca-Cola (single-use plastic bottle waste) this year but also used my profile to contact Costa cafes (vegan snack options), Asda (vegan non-dairy cheeses/pizza), Greggs/Asda/Sainsburys/Tesco (vegan “to go’ options) and manufacturer Quorn (further vegan options; in fact why put egg in some Quorn products at all?). Some hilarious responses from automated replies to panicky customer services teams who casually respond as if you are making an alien request then realise that they’re talking to 2000-ish customers in their fastest growing sector. Try it; here’s a sample email

Dear <insert supermarket name> customer services team,

I’m getting in touch to say how fantastic it would be if you produced more vegan-friendly on-the-go lunch options.

Veganism is one of the fastest growing movements, with over half a million vegans in the UK. This is on the rise, with no signs of stopping.

In a recent poll, 91% of vegans said they struggled to find vegan food when out and about. This can be quite frustrating when you’re looking to buy something for lunch and the vegetarian option has a tiny amount of milk or egg in.

And it’s not just vegans who buy vegan food – it is also popular amongst vegetarians, meat reducers, people conscious of their health, people of certain religious faiths, and people trying to improve their environmental impact.

That means there’s a lot to be gained by improving your range – and nothing to lose!

Best wishes

A month of plastic-lite living

In June the Marine Conservation Society encouraged us to take up a “plastic challenge”, asking us to give up single-use plastic for a day, a week or even the whole month. See their website here. This blog post explores the challenge a little further with some solutions to the issues that arose.

My family and I attempted the plastic challenge for the whole month buying only packaged goods in HDPE, PP or some PET plastic that my local curb-side recycling will take! Our five supermarket shops during the month took place at different stores and we pledged not to buy rather than compromise from the very start. The rationale is that consumers can insist on packaging that is widely recycled, then big corporations can be forced to adapt to our (and our planet’s) needs. In addition, in preparation is the end of May, we replaced our plastic shopping bags with jute (natural materials) and our own paper grocery bags for loose items.

Why cut down on plastic?

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans. Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is entering the oceans every year. This is affecting sea life – one in 3 turtles and 90% of seabirds are now estimated to have ingested plastic. Plastic is even ending up in the seafood on your plates. Coca-Cola produces an estimated 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles every year – and billions of these will end up on beaches, in landfill and in the sea. Send Coca-Cola’s CEO an email here.

A single plastic bottle takes hundreds of years to break down in the ocean, which is dangerous to wildlife. It could be swallowed by a whale or a shark, while its bottle top might be picked up by a seabird who then feeds it to its young. If it’s not swallowed whole, the bottle will break into smaller and smaller pieces, which can then can be ingested by creatures ranging from zooplankton to whales, which mistake it for food. Slowly but surely it will turn the ocean into a kind of toxic plastic soup. — Greenpeace Connect, Summer 2017

#plasticchallenge

The five supermarkets we went to during June were: Asda, Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. All are guilty of over-packaging; presumably for the convenience of warehouse storage prior to shelf display. We bought loose vegetables and placed into our own paper grocery bags; every time we went to checkout we got quizzical looks but we were keen to explain the plastic challenge and every time we were commended by the staff who said they would pass on to managers and what a great idea. Any processed, packaged food was scrutinised for the materials logo:

recycle-logos-1So we felt that by getting some items (ready-meal curries for example) in a PP tray would be ok as the curb-side collection take this plastic. As we soon found, on collection day all of the PP plastic was left behind in our front garden (even stuff previously taken).

Although this was a bit of a set-back, it was an even more tricky shop when trying to avoid food items we would normally buy not available in a recyclable form. Such as Alpro yoghurts. Tweeting about it directly to Alpro was very satisfying:

Alpro were very positive, they may even have something in development for June 2018! We did have trouble finding toilet rolls in paper packaging, all the supermarkets we went to use a plastic film that is not recyclable. We even had a look at other supermarkets in the area in case they had something; Tesco, Aldi and the Co-op. Nothing. This was our first compromise; day 12 of the challenge and we had little choice as we were totally out of supplies!

This was a great response on Twitter:

So we will certainly be prepared next June! We found Morrisons the best for frozen food packaging (cardboard boxes rather than sleeves with plastic/film lid inside). Lidl was the only one to supply brown paper grocery bags for bread (even though plastic supplied for loose veggies). Only the Co-op sell recycled toilet paper; and this is in a plastic package. This is shocking. All of the supermarkets need to be a bit more plastic-conscious; people always agree and usually have a positive comment about the habitat of wildlife so it is really should be  a case of ‘the customer is always right’. If a supermarket wants to be the first to put environment as priority they need to take adapt Greenpeace’s solutions for plastic packaging:

  1. Prioritise reusable packaging and develop systems based on reuse
  2. Make sure packaging is 100 percent recycled, as well as recyclable or compostable
  3. Share information about the plastic they use, reuse and recycle, so progress can be measured
  4. Support bottle deposit return schemes, where a small deposit is added to the cost of packaged drinks, which can be reclaimed when the container is returned.

Further: Get involved

Try the #plasticchallenge next June and support the Marine Conservation Society’s efforts – information here.

Greenpeace is leading the way in a campaigning against plastic waste; targeting one of the worst global offenders: Coca-cola. Sign their petition to affect change at Coke here or donate for their plastic appeal here.

Advice from EatDrinkBetter on reducing food packaging here (image at top credited to this website).


 

Modern life is rubbish* – Part 5: Plastic

*Post title stolen from Blur album of same name equally stolen from stencilled graffiti painted along Bayswater Road in London, created by an anarchist group¹.

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Plastic debris is strewn across the beach on Henderson Island, an uninhabited atoll in the Pacific. Photograph: Jennifer Lavers/AP via The Guardian

What a chuffin’ mess. The wonders of plastic have changed our lives, but what has been the environmental impact? How much is buried in landfill, floats out to sea or is unintentionally consumed? What can we do?

I hope The Guardian don’t mind me reproducing the above photo especially as I will include links to their articles on Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific. It has become one of the world’s most polluted places despite being one of the remotest.  Marine scientists have discovered the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.² The follow-up article featuring the McCreadie family’s response and subsequent attempt to cut out plastics³ for a one week period has elicited this post about modern life and what action we could take.

In June the Marine Conservation Society will launch its “plastic challenge”, asking us to give up single-use plastic for a day, a week or even the whole month. See their website here. I am going to attempt the plastic challenge for the whole month and encourage you to try the same! If consumers can insist on packaging that is widely recycled, then big corporations can be forced to adapt to our (and our planet’s) needs.

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Helping you make a choice in plastic packaging

One of the things I didn’t realise was the actual component materials that plastic packaging comes in. I use our local curb-side scheme, filling a large green tub every fortnight. However, some of these plastics aren’t recycled locally and should have gone to  a recycling centre. They may even end up in landfill despite having been placed in the green tub! During June, I will avoid single use plastic altogether. Here is a handy guide:

recycle-logos-1 1. PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) is single use plastic used for pop and water bottles. Can be recycled into fleece textiles but not refilled as harmful chemicals leach from the material and could be carcinogenic. AVOID.

2. HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) is thicker, more durable plastic used for toys, benches and weather resistant products. Can be recycled.

3. V (Polyvinyl Chloride) aka PVC is dubbed the “poison plastic” because it contains numerous toxins which it can leach throughout its entire life cycle. Almost all products using PVC require virgin material for their construction; less than 1% of PVC material is recycled. AVOID.

4. LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) is a non-rigid plastic used for shopping bags, detergent bottles and some clothes. Not widely recycled so best to AVOID.

5. PP (Polypropylene) is widely used for yoghurt pots, bottle lids, crisp packets, margarine and butter tubs. This is widely recycled in the UK. Can be recycled.

6. PS (Polystyrene) is an inexpensive, lightweight and easily-formed plastic with a wide variety of uses. It is most often used to make disposable styrofoam drinking cups, take-out “clamshell” food containers, egg cartons, plastic picnic cutlery, foam packaging and those ubiquitous “peanut” foam chips used to fill shipping boxes to protect the contents. Polystyrene may leach styrene, a possible human carcinogen, into food products (especially when heated in a microwave). Chemicals present in polystyrene have been linked with human health and reproductive system dysfunction. AVOID.

7. Other (BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN) is used to make baby bottles, cups, water cooler bottles and car parts. Compostable plastics, made from bio-based polymers like corn starch, are being developed to replace polycarbonates and will say Compostable or PLA on the base next to the No. 7 logo. These are ok, otherwise AVOID.

How to shop without single-use plastic

The Marine Conservation Society can be provide a starter pack for members including jute shopping bags, cotton bags etc via their online shop. The plastic challenge is not about being completely plastic-free but avoiding wherever possible. I have replaced plastic bags with these from the UNICEF site as the money for each bag goes toward 4 polio vaccines. All loose vegetables will be placed in paper grocery bags from Amazon rather than the pre-packed plastic ones in store.

I am sure I will discover just how reliant we are on plastics during my plastic-lite month and will tweet about it with the hashtag #plasticchallenge. I expect each shopping trip to have it’s own challenges and discoveries! Perhaps you would be willing to do a day, week or whole month too?

Further: Do more

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans. Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is entering the oceans every year. This is affecting sea life – one in 3 turtles and 90% of seabirds are now estimated to have ingested plastic. Plastic is even ending up in the seafood on your plates. Coca-Cola produces an estimated 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles every year – and billions of these will end up on beaches, in landfill and in the sea. Send Coca-Cola’s CEO an email here.

 


¹http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Life_Is_Rubbish

²38Million pieces of plastic found on uninhabited island, The Guardian 15th May 2017

³Could you cut out plastic from your weekly shop?, The Guardian 27th May 2017