Photograph by Mike Goldwater

Plastic is a fossil-fuel product.  We don’t actually feel the real impact of plastic debris here in Muswell Hill but we are certainly consumers of plastic and therefore very much a part of the problem. From the plastic bags that our two supermarkets hand out by the thousands every week to the packaging almost everything we buy comes in we are contributing to the global problem. Take a look at some of the articles on this page and the other plastics related pages.

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The plastic killing fields

In one of the few places on Earth where people can rarely be found, the human race has well and truly made its mark. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a floating garbage patch twice the size of Britain. A place where the water is filled with six times as much plastic as plankton. This plastic-plankton soup is entering the food chain and heading for your dinner table. Amanda Woods from the Sydney Morning Herald reports, follow the link.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/the-plastic-killing-fields/2007/12/28/1198778702627.html?page=fullpage

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WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic bags and bottles, like all forms of plastic, create significant environmental and economic impact. They consume growing amounts of energy and other natural resources, degrading the environment in numerous ways. In addition to using up fossil fuels and other resources, plastic products create litter, hurt marine life, and threaten the basis of life on earth.

The U.S.A.  produces over 25 million tonnes of plastics per year, a trivial fraction of which is getting recycled. Here are some steps that you can take to reverse the tide of toxic, non-biodegradable pollution so that it will not overtake our planet.

*Don’t use the plastic bags from the supermarket’s fruit and veg section take your fruit and veg loose to the checkout.

*Refuse plastic bags at the checkout.

*Don’t buy plastic sandwich bags.

*Use wax paper bags, cloth napkins, or re-useable

sandwich boxes

*Buy drinks in sustainable containers.

*Use only glass bottles or cans.

*Don’t open another plastic water bottle. Take drinking

water from the tap. (Take a look at The Plastic in Us page to see what plastic leeching from the bottles does to you)

*Bottled water costs over 1000 times more per litre than water from your tap.

*Pre-wrapped produce not only uses wasteful packaging, but

also tends to come from farther away, consuming more of

our dwindling oil supplies in transport.

*Give up Tupper Ware and related products.

*Tiffins (stainless steel food containers) are a long tradition

in India. They store food well, have longer lives than

plastic containers, are more hygienic, and have a certain

panache.

*Make a habit of thinking about what comes with each thing that you buy.

* Use pens that re-fill instead of land-fill