On this, day 7 of 30 Days Wild, I decided to audit how much disposable plastic is in my life. I like to think that I’m an environmentally conscious consumer (I always carry my smug little reusable shopping bag, for example, and I have one of those non-disposable coffee cups), but even in this house there’s a lot of it. I think I need to do better.
What’s the problem with disposable plastic? Well, first off it’s a by-product of the petrochemical industry, so it’s made from non-renewable resources. Secondly, it doesn’t decay. We’ve all heard the terrible stories of the damage done to marine life, but the fate of plastic dumped in landfill is equally bleak. It just stays there, taking up space. In tiny, cramped Great Britain, this is (or ought to be) a real issue, because space is something we don’t have a lot of.
Here’s a depressing rogue’s gallery of my disposable plastic: