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Small drops of change for a big ocean…

Today I was reminded by another social media post that there are people trying to lead a ‘zero waste’ life – everyday people, but mostly in America. Why? Because not only is the US usually a hot bed for change – good or bad, but also in the US it is possible. 

What makes zero waste possible in the US?

Primarily the existence of shops with bulk bins/ bulk aisles. These are places where you can bring your own food containers and fill up the amount you need, eliminating food waste because you only have the amount you need, and eliminating the need to send plastic packaging to landfill. Granted, some of the bulk bin products may start off life in huge plastic bags (though I don’t know this), but surely even if that’s the case, that’s a thousand times better than every person having to buy small bags and not being able to reuse or recycle them.

There are places in the UK where this is also possible but they’re few and far between. And my ‘local’, what was Wholefoods in Glasgow, has just closed it’s doors 🙁 The next nearest place is Edinburgh which is completely impractical for us.

Is there light at the end of the plastic filled ocean?

Possibly. Today’s headline in the Guardian:

Theresa May proposes plastic-free supermarket aisles in green strategy

May has proposed a grand 25 year strategy…as with all the rest of you, I have my doubts and I will remain skeptical. BUT the fact that it has been proposed and it is in the news is another step in the right direction, and it makes finding a solution just slightly more possible than it was yesterday. To my great joy, one of her proposals was:

a plan to urge supermarkets to introduce aisles without any plastic packaging, where all food is sold loose.*

I am hoping that the UK will cotton on to what is already happening in many parts of the US as ‘normal’, essentially harking back to the way shopping used to be, things sold as natural and as loose as possible with shoppers using all their own containers, bags, baskets, and anything else to hand.

I am going to remain hopeful that we here in Britain are catching onto something that some cultures have never forgotten and others have remembered before us. I am going to hold onto hope that with just a little more impetus from the general public, change for the better is possible and might yet lead to everyone recognising where they are on their own green journey.

*https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/10/theresa-may-proposes-plastic-free-supermarket-aisles-in-green-strategy

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