Littering – a responsibility tax – “I” am responsible

First posted May 2021

Our environment is full of plastic waste. Every corner and huge numbers of drops of the Earth’s water has been contaminated with micro plastics. It may not be you or I doing this but it is our human primate species, of which we are all part of and that we are partially responsible for as conscious intelligent individuals, that is doing it. So this is my thinking of what “I”, that’s all of us “I”s consider normal part 10 and what we should do about it.

We need responsibility taxation throughout our consumption. There are few reasons to be drinking out of PFAS coated takeaway cups and not bringing our own refillable cups to a place where we purchase a takeaway drink. To curb the use of these environmentally and potentially health damaging cups there should be a tax on manufacturing them, a tax on corporations and other sized businesses purchasing them, a tax for branding and marketing them in any way as is the case here and of course a huge fining system for anyone who deposits a takeaway cup like this in the environment like this, with an additional fine on the company for allowing their branding to litter the environment. Take away cups must be driven if not to extinction then very close to it. The planet cannot afford our species convenience, stupidity and irresponsibility.

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Water in a plastic bottle but why? – Environmental loading part 4

I first posted this in February of 2021 but has anything changed? No, not at all. There needs to be a huge tax on this ridiculous way of delivering and consuming water.

19 February 2021

When we traveled round South America in 1999 we were advised to drink bottled water because of local water standards so we did. Much of it appeared to be owned by the Coca Cola company but that’s another story regarding who owns water and additionally I understand it’s their packaging that represents the largest percentage of a single corporation’s detritus in the environment.

Since that time I may have drunk out of a plastic bottle in desperation but why do people in first world countries spend considerable amounts of money on H2O wrapped in plastic? Do they assume that the water in the bottle is better than that coming out of their taps? Have they done any research? Have they looked up any figures? Buying expensive H2O seems a very strange thing to do and generates huge amounts of plastic waste, climate change and pollution. Your bottle of water could be floating in an ocean gyre or be carcinogenic particles having being burnt in a local incinerator or because you live in a first world country could be desecrating a third world country’s environment because that’s how some despicable international trade works. The ridiculousness of Fiji complaining about sea level rise but exporting bottled water shows the stupidity of humanity.

So knowing that the tap water in London or say New York is perfectly drinkable why are you buying bottled water from half way round the world?

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Environmental loading – part 1

I first posted this back at the end of January 2021. Imagine now the countless, like sand grains on a beach, nano and micro sized plastic particles that have in that year been distributed from one pole to the other and to the highest mountain tops and deepest ocean depths. There’s also some making their way round your body which could cause you major health issues. We need to change.

29th January 2021

In this part of my blog I will cover “normal” everyday, taken for granted things that are anything but.

We used to use these, millions, perhaps billions of people use them every day. We never gave a second thought. They are cheap, they come in multi-packs usually and you put them in the bins when they are worn out. But why are they worn out? It’s because they are plastic and every time we use one small bits of plastic break off and are washed into our water systems. They become microplastic and nanoplastic sized particles. What’s happening to all those degraded bits of plastic? They are for the most part out there in the environment beyond the little bubble of our daily convenient lives. What most people don’t realise is that they have come back. These small pieces of plastic are found in rivers, sea, oceans, the soil and the air. They are everywhere. At first we were concerned that they were in marine creatures but they have traveled much further than that. Some initial research shows that they are in plants, in some of the vegetables that we eat. To come full circle they have been found in the placenta of women so we are even poisoning unborn children. Why? Because some plastics can be endocrine system disruptors and the small particles themselves can also join with heavy metals, pathogens and other toxins. So make the cleaning pads you have the last ones you buy and seek out an alternative that is non damaging and non loading on our shared environment. These plastic based products are not “cheap”.

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Plastic waste, unnecessarily wrapping food

I posted this a year ago and since then little has changed in terms of unnecessarily wrapping food but polluting the planet has got worse from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the highest mountain tops to the depths of the deepest oceans.

26th January 2021

We recently had to shop at a supermarket at a major London railway station and everything was wrapped in plastic. The illustration isn’t from the shop as it was far worse than that. This has to stop. Not just because of the sad photos we see of wildlife tangled up and dying in our rubbish but what it is doing to humans as well. Microplastic fibres were found in the placenta of women having recently given birth. These plastics can be endocrine disruptors and can also attach themselves to heavy metals and toxins so we are not only poisoning ourselves as adults but also future generations.

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This plastic madness of wrapping vegetables has to stop

I posted this at the end of 2020 but little if anything has changed in terms of unnecessarily wrapping things in plastic that don’t need to be. n 2021 researchers showed that very small plastic particles could cross the blood brain barrier in mice. This hasn’t been looked for in humans as far as I’m aware but it has serious health implications for us.

31st January 2020

Once again the only choice of buying cauliflower was to buy one all wrapped up in plastic poison and pollution. We must stop this as it is a danger to all life on this planet. Dramatic? Not really when you know the facts. Maybe not this plastic but some other piece of plastic’s breakdown products could cause you harm. Few of us know where the plastic will end up. Maybe it will be burnt locally causing the release of toxic particles. Maybe it will be exported to some poorer country and will end up poisoning their environment. Except it’s not their environment, it’s our environment and microplastic and nanoplastic particles have been found from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the deepest ocean trenches and on into the human placenta. Wrapping vegetables in plastic has polluted the whole planet so why do it and why accept it. 2021 has to be the year where we say no more and we start demanding change.

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Plastic wrap your boat – can humans get any dumber?

I blogged this at the end of 2020. It takes our regard for the rest of the planet to a new low.

29th December 2020

It’s necessary to step back sometimes and ask yourself is humanity stupid or is it becoming dumber by the day? While some in the little bubbles that they live in might think that this is a good idea the reality is somewhat different. First there’s the unnecessary extraction of long dead trees and other vegetation which in itself causes lots of pollution. Far worse though is the global pollution this and other plastic causes. For some time researchers have been finding the broken down plastic accumulating in marine organisms as nano and microplastic particles. Then they discovered that these particles could be found on the highest mountain tops and the deepest ocean trenches. We haven’t been producing plastics for that long but we have polluted the whole planet from top to bottom. In the final step for this plastic pollution to come back to haunt us recent research has found microplastics in placentas. We are already potentially poisoning the next generation of children and all because somebody thinks that it’s a great idea to shrink wrap their boat. Just don’t, reduce your use of plastic NOW.

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New organic cotton shopping bag

I posted this back in July 2020. Everyone’s new year resolution should be to “ditch the plastic”. There are no excuses.

July 2020

I have added an organic cotton shopping bag to my “Strangers are friends I have not yet met” collection on my, Teemill shop. You don’t have to buy my bag as there are plenty of cheaper alternatives like the one pictured above out there but please move away from using plastic for the sake of the environment, wildlife and even us.

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Happy plastic Christmas

I blogged this just over a year ago and it’s still relevant. Our relationship with the natural world is all wrong for so many reasons and on so many levels.

December 2020

Humanity has lost its way. We either have to decorate places with dying trees chain sawed out of a pesticide sprayed monoculture forest or we roll out plastic lookalikes. Why? Because it’s tradition. I don’t suppose they had plastic Christmas trees in say 1850 or in the time of Jesus so I guess it can’t be a particularly old tradition. It’s all to do with things looking nice. It doesn’t seem to matter that we are exposed to pesticides if we have real trees or are exposed to microplastics some of which at some time will come from this plastic representation of a Christmas tradition. Future and hopefully cleverer generations will look back at our uneducated and ill informed madness. We really do need to start being a bit more sensible and find better ways to celebrate the season than the ones that are currently potentially poisoning us.

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Going shopping today? – How much of this will you pick up?

A blog from May 2020. Unfortunately there is little sign of the over-packaging of the goods we buy daily stopping. We are ingesting and breathing in the broken down micro and nano sized particles and recent research has shown that these particles can pass the blood brain barrier in mice.

If you are a supermarket shopper then we have all become accustomed to the convenience of it without realising, even now for many, how damaging to the environment all this packaging is. What sort of pile of plastic will you have when you have unwrapped your shopping today?

What we have been doing over just the last few decades has ended up in our oceans and even inside our own bodies. And now it is even being found as microplastic particles on the ocean floor. It’s time to demand change and change our habits.

Science journal paper

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Replacing The Plastic Toothbrush At Last

Another post from 2018. Another simple thing we can all do to dump the plastic in our lives.

Finally got round to replacing the plastic toothbrush. We were in Shrewsbury at the weekend & bought them from Jan at Snap Dragon in the market. It’s a great place to shop and a lovely town. Shame they are “designed” in Australia & “created” in China. Can’t we just “make” them locally? It’s just a toothbrush! It’s not an essential part of the International Space Station so why is it “created”?

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