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A Christmas scene

First posted in December 2020. The plastic is still out there and getting worse so try and have a less plastic Christmas and more environmentally friendly one.

Some people might say that I’m being very negative about Christmas and I suppose they would be right in a sense. However I’m personally not very happy living in a very heavily polluted world. Is this Christmas scene polluted? Well that depends. We are all living in a soup of microplastic and nanoplastic particles that we are eating and breathing in. How serious is it? We don’t generally know but since pathogens and toxins can hitch a ride on these tiny particles we don’t really want to find out. A recent study found microplastics in the placenta of women so how much damage are we causing to unborn children? So here’s the link to this photo as I like to make connections and join the dots. Young children attending the Christmas events on this scene in a shopping centre are probably already carrying these tiny and potentially harmful particles in their bodies. Now we need to ask how much of this Christmas display is plastic and what’s going to happen to that plastic going forward. Maybe some of it will go on and end up in the future brothers and sisters of the young children who come to see a plastic wrapped Santa. We need to change and we all need to become aware.

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Christmas wrapping and packaging – make sure it’s properly disposed of

First posted in December 2020. Time to remember that the tiny bits of plastic from Christmas’s past are still out there and polluting the environment and ourselves. They are very real “ghosts” so try and be a little less plastic this Christmas even if it’s a little less “pretty”.

There will be literally mountains of wrapping and packaging waste associated with today. Try and make sure that it is properly disposed of. It’s in your interest as well as everyone else’s as just like a boomerang some of it might come back to you and you will be eating it or breathing it in as microplastic and nanoplastic particles. We live in a soup of this stuff already so don’t make it worse. We’ve already messed this planet up enough as it is.

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The real cost of high street and internet shopping

I first posted this in December 2020. It’s as relevant now as it was then.

The destruction of the environment and the pollution through microplastics is aided and abetted by economic exploitation of third world and usually non white workers. This is the reality of first world shopping all hidden behind the facade created by marketing and advertising. An unsustainable and immoral economic model that staggers from one crisis to the next, https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/dec/22/boohoo-selling-clothes-made-by-pakistani-workers-who-earned-29p-an-hour?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3Ja0CnppBxq2GYaKToriFLPEt-4F40qleVihUsCghGUXYKK_4pMarMbo8.

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Microplastics discovered in the placenta. That’s right, we’ve polluted the planet that much.

First posted in December 2020. Try to have a less plastic based Christmas this year.

A new study shows that microplastics have been found in the placenta of a number of women. These microplastic particle can be joined to toxins and pathogens and they are in some cases travelling through our bodies and it would seem into or at least affect newly born children. The long term health consequences have probably not been worked out, yet the fossil fuels industries wants to produce more plastic. These industries need to regulated properly and unnecessary plastic use needs to be curtailed. Still want a free plastic bag for your shopping or a plastic straw for your drink? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412020322297

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Food waste – because people can

I posted this originally in December 2020. The situation for many people in countries all over the world including the richest is far worse than it was two years ago so please don’t waste food this holiday season.It’s not good for our shared environment either.

This picture dates back to last year before the virus but it is more relevant now than ever. It’s from the eating area of a well known shopping centre’s food hall. A father and son hardly touched their food and walked off. What they did was wrong on so many levels although I expect some would say that it’s their right to do what they want. I would argue against that. We already had countless numbers of people living on poor diets and with food insecurity before the corona virus struck and it has made the situation far worse. The images of first world countries having long queues for food handouts should shock people especially when considering what first world countries spend their budgets on. Then there is the question of the animals that died to put the meat on the plates. Chain restaurants often buy in food from intensively reared animal suppliers so the suffering of these animals must be taken into account. Then we can also add the food miles and climate change emissions associated with the growing and transporting this food to the plate and then to the bin. How was it disposed of? Probably not very environmentally. There are 7.79 billion of us and many do not have sustainably produced food to meet their daily requirements so time to take the food we eat more seriously. Just because we can afford it in monetary terms does not mean that we can do what we like with it.

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What looks Pretty is often Plastic and very Polluting

There have been several scientific and medical papers published this year that have identified nano and micro plastic particles being found in our blood, lungs and even in the placenta of women having just given birth. The long term effects of ingesting these plastic particles is not yet fully understood but could have long term health implications for many of us, as it’s not just about the plastic particles but what other toxins and organisms that can hitch a ride with them into our bodies. So look beyond the visually pleasing and consider what you buy this Christmas.

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All that glitters is certainly not gold

I posted this originally close to Christmas 2020. It might still be too late this year but if you haven’t already, it might be worth considering how damaging your cards, decorations and presents are, not only to the wider environment but to you, your family and friends

A bit late with this post but still something to consider for the future. Glitter is basically plastic and as it falls off cards and other objects and materials that it is applied to it will enter the environment. The problem is that almost if not all environments on Earth are polluted by micro and nano sized plastics particles. The soil, the oceans and the air. Sure, one of two particles might not kill you directly or quickly but this plastic pollution is finding it’s way up through the food chains including those of plants and accumulating in our bodies. These small pieces of plastic can join with other chemicals and pathogens so potentially can cause great harm, even to humans. It may look great but for life on Earth glitter probably isn’t.

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Plastic convenience rather than using rope or string

First posted in December 2020. So two years later where is this plastic pollution now?

How long will it be before some, if not all of this plastic, ends up degrading in the environment to become micro and nano plastic particles polluting the air, soil or water? We now know these small plastic particles are everywhere including in ourselves. Isn’t it time we questioned how we do things? Convenience is doing a huge amount of damage to the planet.

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Cafetière

First posted in December 2020. A fancy coffee machine is unnecessary and creates extra waste. All you need is a cafetière and a kettle.

Everything we do is a loading on the environment. Every coffee bush is sitting in a monoculture where once there was a diverse ecosystem. Further to that there’s a huge amount of human exploitation in the growing of the coffee while certain large corporations employee some very clever people to make sure they don’t pay much tax, if any, on their huge sales. There’s a big disconnect between what well known brands make in profits and the wages earned by the coffee pickers. If you really do need to use a machine then make sure that your capsules are being recycled rather than ending in land fill as capsules add an extra dimension to the environmental loading of coffee. If you don’t need a machine then just use a kettle and a simple cafetière like this one from Bodum.

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In Each Cup – Fair trade, fair pay

First blogged in December 2020. It reminded me to think of all the workers in the world that pick tea. Have their lives improved in the two years since? Possibly not, think about it. I doubt whether their wages have gone up in line with the actual price of tea.

I noticed on this particular teabag for some reason this message. I don’t know how many different messages there are on the teabags in the box but this one for some reason caught my eye. We don’t normally use teabags preferring loose tea but we were visiting a relation. The message got me thinking because for most of the time we ignore such marketing and in this case it might have had the opposite effect to what the advertiser sought. One might think how wonderful that someone has hand picked leaves for this and the other teabags in the heavily and unnecessarily plastic wrapped box, but that’s another story. So I asked myself what sort of lifestyle did the person who picked the leaves for my teabag actually have? How many hours did the work and in what conditions and how much did they get paid? Did they have clean drinking water and proper sanitation? Did they eat a varied diet and have a proper roof over their head? Was their life in any way as easy as mine where as a first world citizen I can buy teabags without thinking of the cost to my bank account or the costs in terms of properly paid human labour and loading on the environment. Think about the things that you take for granted and try to learn about the reality of the people and places behind them.

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