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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.
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.
I posted this back in July 2020. Everyone’s new year resolution should be to “ditch the plastic”. There are no excuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”?
This post is from July 2018. Have we reduced the amount of plastic that we produce and carelessly dispose of in those intervening years? Not at all and the fossil fuel corporations are still building new plants to produce more. Our governments must stop this but we also as responsible individuals have a part to play. What we buy has a direct consequence on the profitability of those over packaging items that have no need to be.
The hash tag says it all but will it change anything? The whale with the message below stating that this amount of plastic goes into the ocean every second sits outside the Westfield shopping centre in West London. Inside, there’s not a washable cup or plate in sight. So the future of shopping (yuck) has no plans of cutting down on plastic. #EarthDay#plasticpollution This issue is not being taken seriously enough. We can talk all we want and make displays of plastic whales to prick our collective conscious. It looks though that the economic monster that creates all this garbage is not going to change anytime soon.
I wrote this over 3 years ago. The problem we have as we did 3 years ago is that so many more people have been forced into poverty around the world that making the right choices in what we consume is nigh on impossible for those on the budgets they have so they are forced to consume the most planet damaging products.
Some of us remember the good old days. Must be I’m getting old. When did buying soap involve it being wrapped in plastic that then finds its way into the oceans and we end up eating it because it is now in the salt, tuna and the anchovies that for some reason we feed to chickens and pigs?
The environment isn’t the only thing that is screwed. Why is it cheaper to end up eating plastic then to buy the soap unwrapped? Because this is the way that multinational corporates do business. I always thought that they were no good for us and how much proof do we need.
We did buy this soap at Planet Organic on Saturday. How did we get it home? I put it in my backpack. It made it smell nice but I suppose with a bit of thought I could have taken a bag with me to stop that happening. Unfortunately, Faith in Nature is quite expensive compared to the corporately wrapped soap in the corporate supermarket. You can see where I’m going with this. So for all those people just about scraping by they have to purchase the soap in the supermarket and eventually they and their children will be eating the wrapping. What great progress we have made as a species.
This is one of our “Human caused climate change” organic cotton bags using a Teemill base image featuring an image of what’s happening in the Arctic and to the polar bears.
Some of the fastest warming parts of the planet are the poles with the resulting increased melting of ice leading to further sea level rise. There is a direct connection now between the fossil fuels we burn and climate change. The fragile ecosystems are being extensively disrupted and will at some point cause the loss of some of the world’s iconic species of creatures. Check out how these products are made using organic cotton. We need to live in not just a sustainable way but one that causes the least environmental loading on the planet. You can even send these items back to be made into new things when you have finished with them.
The human population has grown way beyond what the planet can support and unless people are one of the many still subsistence farming they are often in the business of selling something rather than making something so we have countless individuals selling plastic tat often made half a world away from where it is then sold. So here’s an example of selling plastic tat. This photo is from almost 12 years ago so where’s all this plastic tat now? Undoubtedly some of it will have broken and be past its short lifespan of use so now it will probably be in various sized pieces and often polluting the environment. We need to change our system in so many ways.
I took this photo through the coach window which had a film on it of some kind. The bus was taking us to Asuncion. We had just met up with some Paraguayan friends in Foz do Iguazu for a couple of days. 26th November 2009.