Ubiquity vs. iniquity of plastic

Back in the summer of 2012, when I started writing this blog, I wrote a post about the dilemmas surrouding plastic. Today, having delved further into the world of living plastic-free over the last three and a half years, I thought it worthwhile commenting on my most recent observations.

At least a year ago, I acquired some plastic packaging (a black sack) and there also happened to be a patch of persistent grass in a compacted area where the lawn used to connect to what was the garden path. It therefore seemed sensible to put the plastic over the grass and get this

instead, when the sack came up this morning.

Fortunately, the sack was still good to go and has now moved to the front garden, where it will no doubt incense the neighbours and kill off the grass which has refused to compost under cardboard and mulch.

I wish, however, that people could get a little more incensed about the plastic litter I found under the heuchera and clover. Why does chocolate even need to be packaged in a plastic wrapper? The fact that you can but some in paper would suggest that plastic adds nothing to quality or shelf-life and transportability. 

Oh well, I’ve done my bit for landfill and am now going to do some art.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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23 Responses to Ubiquity vs. iniquity of plastic

  1. Kalamain says:

    It’s in plastic to keep it clean and easier to package while paper is porous and so makes ripe for contamination. Plus if you chill paper it will likely fall apart.

    The real question is ‘Why don’t people dispose of their waste in an acceptable fashion’. People that litter annoy the hell out of me. >.>

    And wouldn’t it have been quicker and easier to use a Turfing iron to get the job done?

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I can see that plastic has an advantage but I don’t agree with its use. I think food should be, ideally, made as locally as possible and consumed as quickly as possible.

      As for the turfing iron, I’ve got psoriasis on my hands, which was very painful until recently. However, digging kills soil life which reduces its fertility, so sheet mulching might take longer but it is my preferred option.

      • Kalamain says:

        I can understand where you stand on paper/plastic. I was just pointing it out that it does have SOME advantages. But you spot on about local produce being a better shopping method.
        I have plaque Psoriasis on my scalp and arms so I know your pain. I hope it clears up. B-(

  2. gaiainaction says:

    I love things wrapped in paper much more than plastic myself, but then you mostly have to buy local which is what I do too. Interesting bit of writing Helen.

  3. Thank you for sharing have a blessed day pleased to have the internet now i can play catch up have a blessed evening Helen

  4. Oh dear don’t get me started on plastic!

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