Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

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Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by Boro Boy » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:51 am

Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techands ... spartanntp :o
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by macliam » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:50 am

It's not either/or, the common denominator is that we are screwing up the planet big time.
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by pabenny » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:28 am

And action to address one doesn't make the other worse.
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:39 am

We are facing several issues simultaneously. They all need to be tackled and the biggest hurdle to success comes down to self-interest.
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by expressman33 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:05 am

As long as the big companies and supermarkets provide goods in plastic the consumer will buy them. Eggs are now mainly in plastic containers whereas 20 years ago there were cardboard containers. Why are many goods sold in unrecyclable "black" plastic trays
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by sanity clause » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:07 am

The real problem is over-population of the planet.

Obviously, nobody wants to address that.

The Chinese tried, but inevitably failed.
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by blythburgh » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:45 am

I think you will find that the number of births is falling in all but the poorest countries where the need to have sufficient adult children means having more than a couple
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by blythburgh » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:48 am

We often buy free range eggs in tesco, all of their eggs are in cardboard boxes. The rest of our eggs are bought on the roadside when we take the very long route home from Halesworth. And we drop off glass jars (with lid) for more chutney and jam plus all our empty egg boxes. I know they are recyclable but reuse is even better than recycling
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by macliam » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:03 pm

It's interesting that our dustbin is the smaller of the ones available from the local authority - and it is rarely full even on a fortnightly collection. Our neighbours have bins twice the capacity of ours and seem to complain that the collection is so infrequent..... :roll:

Our recycling bin is also collected fortnightly and is rarely full. Others leave additional boxes, etc. and get upset when they're refused. The one bin that is always full is our garden waste bin.... but luckily they have now doubled the size of that (for a mere £52 a year extra :()

I agree about the non-recyclable black plastic trays - I can't see why a recyclable version is not used, but equally I ate the last of my fruit-pots yesterday. These have no sugar so are good as a supplement, but come in individual plastic pots with a plastic foil closure.... hard to see how they'll find a replacement for that. :eh:
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Re: Forget Climate Change the real disaster is Micro-Plastics

Post by pabenny » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:26 pm

The use of black trays is in decline. Waitrose committed to remove them from their own label products some time ago and some Aldi ready meals are in wooden containers. I can't comment on elsewhere.

Having recyclable material is great - as long as there is a demand for the recycled product. There is a well-known story in the industry of a plant built for making milk containers from recycled product. It was fine until the oil price fell making virgin plastic cheaper than recycled. The bottlers wouldn't pay the higher price and the owners went bankrupt.

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