We’re just back from a lovely #staycation in Ireland, and as a result visited some lovely places that I know we’d never have seen had we taken our planned trip to Berlin this July. Just hope Ryanair/ Travel insurance company recognise our community-mindedness and reimburse us the cost of our flights.
We were lucky to have had good weather on our hols, particularly with so many indoor venues being shut. As we say in Ireland, it’d be a great little country if you could put a roof on it.
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We did struggle to keep our use of disposable down on this trip. We managed to avoid straws, disposable cutlery, hotel toiletries but failed to avoid condiment sachets in restaurants, plus finding places to refill our water bottles was tricky. Normally we’d ask staff in a cafe or hotel to fill them for us but I was conscious of staff not wanting to touch customers’ stuff. In the end I asked the bar manager in a hotel we were staying in to fill up some jugs, which I used to fill up our water bottles. When you think about this logically, this is crazy. Sure didn’t he end up touching a jug that I had touched. What’s the difference between him touching our water bottles and the jug?
This same illogical advice is being given to childcare facilities over using lunchboxes. Asking parents to send in single-use plastic bags / wrap instead of lunchboxes. Are they suggesting that plastic bags or cling film are more hygienic than washed lunchboxes? After all both are being handled by the parent before being put in the schoolbags? What’s next disposable schoolbags? Come on HSE lets think logically and not trash the planet as we stay safe from Covid-19.
On a more positive note here’s this week’s sustainable stories;
The Community Municipal Investment in the UK allows people to loan money to their local council to help fund green developments in their area, while earning themselves a return.
How a New Effort to Trace Emissions, Led by Al Gore, Could Reshape Climate Talks
Reusable packaging system, Loop, comes to the UK!
Absolutely delicious vegan banana bread. I know from personal experience.
Good post on how NOT to go Zero Waste
California has passed a landmark rule requiring all truck manufacturers to sell more electric trucks starting in 2024.
Ocean Voyages Institute sets new record by removing 103 tonnes of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the sea
First mass-market garment made from recycled fabric, although it’s not clear if this dress is in itself recyclable.
Shortlisted entries into Samsung competition to reuse cardboard package announced
Thanks for reading. Have a good week.