Here in the UK we have become a throw away nation although I’m sure its the same wherever you are and the amount of stuff that isn’t getting recycled is out of hand. Today, it seems that plastic pollution is a worthy news item, with our government looking at a 25 year plan to eliminate plastic including the 25p carrier bag tax across the board, plastic free supermarket aisles and a tax on take away coffee cups.
Since the new year I’ve had to make a couple of long journeys, one to Oxfordshire and one to the other side of Devon – North Devon, but that alone takes two hours because of the twisty cross country roads and what with fog and frost and starting the journey first thing I decided to stick to the main motorways. It’s quite visible how much waste is on the motorway verges yet as the route gets more rural the lack of waste is noticeable, in fact the only thing you see is road kill. On a ten mile stretch of the A361 from South Molton to Barnstaple I counted 25 dead pheasants on the roadside; had I been so inclined I could have picked most up and sold them on as braces. Yet as we come into the outskirts of towns or close to services you start to see the throw away culture, quite literally as most of the waste looks like it’s come from being lobbed out of a vehicle window.
For new year I treated myself to a reusable eco coffee cup and I love using it, plus I get money knocked off the price of the coffee for bringing my own mug, well certainly in the large company I used. Now, I personally don’t have a coffee habit although I know someone who does, so him indoors got one too!! I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel, I know it’s a small act and there’s a certain smugness about it and one coffee cup may not have an impact at all but the feel good factor is a start for a more plastic aware 2018.