The Awareness Diary #2
No idea what The Awareness Diary is? Then maybe you should go back and read post #1 but, if you don’t have the time or inclination for that, it’s basically a
At first, I planned to write something here every day, but I’m not quite self-obsessed enough to think that my life is going to throw up exciting questions on a daily basis or that anyone wants to read my random opinions that much, so instead I will post when I have a few little thoughts to share.
#1 closed with my contemplation of metal bottle tops. Of course, it is highly dependent on where in the world you live but if you have steel/
Linked, albeit tenuously, by the glass bottle….
Yesterday we grabbed something to eat while we were out which included a couple of glass bottled drinks, and each came accompanied with a single-use plastic glass. These things are everywhere, I have no idea how many we get through, but think about bars that allow you to drink outside in many cities, fast-food places, festivals, and the number must be huge.
Businesses could choose to use other forms of more recyclable or biodegradable glasses. These generally have two issues, the first is that they are considerably more expensive, the second is that they are usually not transparent and people like their beer or wine in a see-through vessel. I’m not sure I have an answer to this particular conundrum but I’ll keep thinking about it.
On an individual level, the answer is simple, you just carry around a reusable non-glass cup or glass of your own and ask for your drink to be poured into that instead of the plastic glass it would normally come in. It might not always be so convenient, but if you have a bag of any kind with you then it’s also not really a hassle. This also works with takeaway coffee (some coffee places will even give you a few cents/pennies off for using your own cup)!
As an aside, I’m assuming the bottles we drank from went into the recycling, but I wonder what they did with our bottle caps!
I’m also finding myself being increasingly annoyed by the ridiculous amount of single-use plastics involved in any kind of supermarket shopping. What if I don’t want to put each kind of fruit or vegetable into a separate bag to weight it, what if I have my own bag(s) or want to combine things into one plastic bag instead of having several that are almost empty. This seems to cause multiple problems, especially if you have any intention of using a self-service checkout which will then beep maddeningly at you for every item because the weights will be wrong.
Supermarkets are a later challenge to tackle, but I think when I am out and about the city today I will keep my eye out for some kind of cool reusable cup/glass that can live in my backpack. 🙂