I was very close to post something from my kitchen, however then I read this post and I have decided to share it with you. Thank you, Laura, for this post!
To be honest, I am thinking about plastic around us almost every day. I am working in R&D and trying to develop sustainable building materials, to help create better environment and environment which is going to be “healthy” for next generations and not that destroyed. I have studied cement and concrete technology my whole adult life and it is commonly known that cement production is one of the biggest producers of CO2 in the world and concrete, as building material, is the second produced material in the world after water production… Based on numbers and common sense I am simply and completely behind the idea about sustainable building materials. Well… and “plastic” is other related topic. Have you realised how much we are surrounded with that material? Every time when I go shopping I just cannot believe it. Few months ago I have tried to do shopping with as less plastic as possible and you know what – it was impossible!!!! I was so disappointed. It was simply frustrating. Fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt… everything wrapped in plastics! And when you asked if you can get it into your glass jar – what a looks I got. How sad… Then I went to open market for vegetables and fruits and at least that I could get into paper bag or my own cotton bags. Sadly, we do not have something like that around in the area where we live now. So if I want to get things without plastic wrapping we would need to travel around, to different towns and the whole shopping would be much more expensive… Yes, nowadays, money play a big role. It is sad… all this is sad.
I have been once involved in very interesting project and at the same time very worrying… I cannot tell you where it was, unfortunately, but I can tell you the story. After floods I have been invited to see problem with one dam. They had an issue with cracking of concrete which has suddenly occurred. I arrived and first thing and view was horrible! Scary! I saw water full of plastic bottle, rubbish… 1 meter deep. You would be able to walk on that. On the bank of the river they were machines, trying to remove all that rubbish, all these plastic bags… Tons per day and it looked like an infinite work. And then I went to the structure itself and see those cracks and it clicked – it was because of such huge amount of rubbish which was pressuring the structure and no one has ever thought about it when the dam was designed. And if the rubbish would continue coming and increasing it would crack… there was no solution for this dam other than keep removing all that mess which has destroyed nature, structure, life… How sad is that? Do not people think about consequences? Are we really that closed minded, do not want to hear, listen about what is happening?
I hope there is more people who cares…
Have a good night!
Vero & little Canito
In June IKEA revealed that it would stop selling all single use plastic products by 2020. Starbucks then announced plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 – saving over 1 billion straws globally every year. It seems the plastic free movement really is taking off. Here in Australia this month the major supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, […]