Modern Life is Rubbish. Literally Full of Rubbish!Holly By Heart
By Holly by Heart
Since I’ve been trying to reduce my plastic use, I’ve been shocked by how plastic is everywhere. Almost everything you buy is wrapped in plastic, every street is littered with it and everywhere you look, it’s there. It’s like some insidious virus that has infected everything and everyone.
The ‘eco’ products I’ve ordered have often still been wrapped in plastic. Food, drinks, cleaning products – all in plastic. It feels like a losing battle. And I feel like I’ve lost. I’ve drowned in the sea of plastic and there’s no hope because for every choice I make to switch to a dishwasher tablet that’s not in a plastic bag, I discover the tablets are individually wrapped in plastic. The plastic free toilet paper I ordered is made in China and shipped halfway across the world. The organic cotton tshirts I bought are still individually wrapped in enough plastic to kill a marine mammal.
To make matters worse, I read that we shouldn’t call all out war on plastic. The zero waste communities favourite products often aren’t so green after all, for example, the energy and materials to make a metal lunchbox doesn’t make it more sustainable than a plastic one. So how the hell are you supposed to make a decent decision? I know, I really shouldn’t be surprised. Having worked in the tourism industry, I know it’s never clear cut (there’s a reason why we don’t have global accreditation schemes for sustainability) but I didn’t think it would be this hard.
So, my advice? If you’re on a journey like me, cut yourself some slack. It’s not a perfect world, there isn’t a perfect solution so don’t expect to be a perfect consumer. Even those zero waste gurus create waste – they just leave it in the shop for someone else to deal with!