Plastic Pollution

 

When I was a kid I used to take the empty pop bottles back to the shop and I was allowed to keep the deposit but, more importantly, it was a way to recycle the bottles. I have no idea why that stopped in the U.K (there are deposit schemes in Europe, America and Australia) except that glass gave way to plastic and suddenly we became a throw away society. Now we are seeing the results of that as plastic is fast becoming a pollutant and is killing our oceans. Marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage are campaigning to bring back the bottle deposits on all plastic and glass bottles and cans. They say  that in the UK we use 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and 58 million cans every day! Only half of these get recycled, and many end up on our beaches and in our oceans. By bringing back a bottle deposit scheme we can reduce littering beaches all of which gets washed into the sea, and recycling can be more energy efficient than making new containers. So isn’t it a no brainer? Surfers Against Sewage have started a 38 Degrees petition to collect signatures so they can take them to all the governments in the U.K.

Please add your signature to the petitions, it only takes a minute. Here’s the link 

To find out more about a deposit return system click here

To get more information and learn all about bottles in the marine environment click here

Last year I posted about dead areas of the Pacific ocean and the message was that if something was done now and 30% of the oceans were conserved, we could start to regenerate the rest. Surely the bottle deposit scheme is another small step and we have the example of the plastic bag charge which has vastly reduced the use of throw away bags.

For those of you who missed the link to the petition above here it is in full below.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/promoted/bring-back-bottle-deposits-to-stop-plastic-pollution-in-our-oceans-1?utm_source=email&utm_medium=blast&utm_campaign=15_2_2017_kick&bucket=email-blast-15_2_2017_kick&utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast2017-02-15

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February skies

 

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From dawn til dusk… friend, colleague and teenage son’s godfather was staying at the chalet last weekend, he captured some wonderful skies on his camera in the 48 hours he was there.

All photos by Mark Pinkosh

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Winter sun

It’s been pretty wet here on the cliff and lots of muddy pools along the back lane and localised flooding on the roads around the peninsula, so I am going to post a photo I took a week ago to remind me that we do have some good days in the dark months. It was actually a lovely sunny day but the effect is quite dark with Rame Head silhouetted in the sun.

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Bothy cabin envy

Take a look at this, a bothy situated on a sheep farm and insulated with sheep wool. Taken from Houzz.co.uk

 

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Hawaiian Gifts 3

With the new year came new gifts courtesy of Joyce, our friend in Hawaii. The unopened box was tantalising with the sticker proclaiming what was inside whilst managing to still create some mystery. Through reams of bubble wrap emerged a tiny ceramic house with Aloha written down the side and a flickering light that goes inside… sooooo cute, AND hidden further in the depths of the box was this bottle of Hawaiian Ginger Syrup (from Maui). As I was opening the box on my own I was tempted to hide this and keep it to myself because that may be the only way I actually get to taste this. But I shall share and together we will pour it over ice cream and waffles and when its finished we shall say, ‘well its as good an excuse as any to go back to the islands to get some more!!!!!

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Looking for Snow

Since we moved to the south west of England in 1999 when teenage son was just ten months old he has never seen a blanket of thick white crunchy snow in his hometown. When he was three we spent Christmas in Yorkshire and he remembers building a snowman. It’s like his first memory, but, the very thing he made is now as elusive to him as a real live snowman. Yes there have been winters when we have seen snow and we can travel up onto Dartmoor, where it stays around on the ground a little longer. And now there’s talk of snow on the way, but I doubt we will see much in this neck of the woods.(would love to be wrong there).

So we’ve been thinking about heading out to find some real snow, the sort that blankets the landscape and makes you want to curl up with a book or board game in front of a real fire. We’ve been looking at Iceland or Finland and other countries of course, Norway and Sweden, but aren’t they prohibitively expensive? But this week I met with someone who’d spent Christmas just gone in a cabin in Iceland. Great, I said, that’s just what we are looking for and yes Iceland, we fancy Iceland…

‘We couldn’t go out there were only two hours of daylight…the sleet was coming down HORIZONTALLY… we spent a fortune beforehand on clothes that would keep us warm…the driving (on ice) was REALLY stressful…don’t go in the winter – you can’t get out…wait until it’s warmer’

Now I hasten to add they were in a cabin miles from anywhere, but that’s what you want isn’t it?  You know somewhere like this

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Ina Matt on Apartment Therapy

or maybe this…

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DGSN on Apartment Therapy

Or maybe that’s too modern looking for you, so what about this…

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Image from kappachan.tumblr.com

 

Maybe I will listen to her and go when the weather gets better, just as long as there’s still snow on the ground so that we can build our second snowman!

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2017

Its a wet day and the rain has put paid to a New Years Day walk on the beach so its an excuse for taking down the Christmas decorations and cards. Why does the house look so messy by now? New year’s day seems the perfect day to get rid of the old and create a space thats clean and fresh for the new year. 2016 will not go down as a vintage year, in fact it was pretty rancid so 2017 HAS to be better, hasn’t it?  The one thing that is joyful, whatever the year, is the view from the chalet and across the bay so I am leaving you with a selection of vistas from 2016.

Happy New Year from Sea Field View

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