|"Life Without Plastic"|
Q is for the quick-start method advocated by Plamondon and Sinha, for simple, slow and sustainable change.
R is for the recycling “myth”. Only 6 per cent of new plastic material comes from recycling, and failure to recycle more costs the European economy €105 billion a year, according to EU figures. Only three of six main plastic types are recycled: PET, HDPE and PVC. R is also for Repak, which explains that Ireland’s plastic waste rate is so high because we measure plastic waste separately, unlike some other EU member states.
S is for a single shower, which can wash 100,000 microbeads into rivers and seas, and for shampoo soap, string bags, stainless steel storage and the spork.
T is for teabags, which may have some plastic. Check labels and try loose-leaf.
U is for utensils . Bring your own spork or chopsticks to work.
V is for vinegar, a great cheap cleaning product, and for vegetable suppliers who deliver in boxes or sell loose.
W for waste, which you are already reducing, and for the deep-diving Cuvier’s beaked whales that ingested plastic bags and died painful deaths on the Scottish isle of Skye and Norway over the past two years.
X is for the extra effort it takes a lot to tackle this.
Y is for yogurt, which tastes far better from jars.
Z is for zero waste, which may feel like a far-off continent at times, but think of all the zooplankton you will save if you make it even half that far.