After a very serious topic last week I thought today I’d go for something a bit more light-hearted. The simple topic of saving our planet sprang to mind. We are absolutely terrible at protecting our worlds resources. We chop down the trees, pollute the oceans and send toxic fumes into the atmosphere on a daily basis yet we sit in our coffee shops with a latte and some avocado on toast claiming that we’re interested in building futures for our children.
I got a major case of the guilts this week when I read that it takes 10,000 litres of water to grow the cotton needed for my favourite pair of jeans, yet there are still hundreds of millions of people who don’t have access to clean drinking water. My little monthly donation to Water Aid is like putting a pacifier in front of a 3 week old baby and expecting them to get it themselves. I’m not saying don’t donate of course, the more of us that do that, the better but perhaps what I am saying is, maybe don’t buy that 6th pair of jeans that look like the other 5 in your closet, except for the ribbed detailing over the left pocket. There is nothing wrong with re-purposing an old pair or going to vintage or charity shops for a second hand bargain.
Water is just one thing, the amount of plastic waste we produce is beyond ridiculous and where is it all going? The answer may seem simple, it’s goes to landfil, our oceans, our parks all over our environment. It’s so widely spread it’s even in our food and our excrement. It’s definitely a worrying trend and not something that we can just wait for the plastic industry to respond to. Yes they do react when there is government direction to do so but we all know that when consumers speak with their money, companies listen.
I was lucky enough to receive a gift from one such company who wants to ensure our children are not met with toxic play toys. For me that’s definitely one way to make a change.
This gorgeous set is made from bio plastic, is toxin free and as environmentally friendly as a new toy can get.
I haven’t got babies anymore, what else can we do? This is a good question and one that I’m still trying to answer. So perhaps whilst we’re still looking for solutions, let’s start by walking more, jumping on our bikes or, in my case, our roller skates and taking on some of this traffic pollution. I have to admit that I’m rubbish at swapping my car for my legs because I hate the cold but we are still a little way off affordable electric vehicles so I will have to make more of an effort and get peddling.
Another thing I really want to do is pick up some of the trash in my local park. I literally saw a bird trying to eat the ring from a plastic bottle that had been chucked in the bushes. F.Y.I litter bugs, parks have bins and if you can’t seem to find one there’s nothing wrong with shoving it in your pocket until you get home. If anyone fancies a day out litter picking with me please let me know and we’ll make an event of it, if we don’t start trying to save our plant, who else will?