As we begin to ponder another year down on the allotments - can i put in a plea to all to give a thought to the plastics they are purchasing for this year's crops.
We know we can all reuse plastic flower pots, sturdy seed trays and cloches etc etc - but using things like plastic sweet pea netting is difficult to recycle either with another year's use or indeed to put it in the trash. I had some last year and then spent about half an hour cutting it up into tiny strands so as not to entrap birds, animals and sea life when it ultimately reached landfill/the sea.
There is now jute netting - which is more expensive i know - but could be used in subsequent years and not only looks better but will compost down when its use is no longer required.
There are other things I am sure we can all do to limit our impact on the environment, with regard to plastics, and I, for one, will be doing my best to re-use and re-cycle.
Any ideas to share for how we can work even smarter would be gratefully received.
AFTER SEEING THE DEMONSTRATIONS ABOUT THE ENVIONMENT RECENTLY ONE HAD TO WONDER JUST HOW EFFECTIVE IT WAS STOPPING PEOPLE EARNING A LIVING IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF PUTTING A POINT OVER. NOR IS A YOUNG THIRTEEN YEAR OLD TELLING EVERYBODY THAT WE DONT CARE ABOUT THE PLASTIC PROBLEM THE RIGHT WAY FORWARD. YET ACCORDING TO SOME OF THE NATURAL LIFE BRIGADE YET WE SEEM TO BE GETTING THE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DAMAGE PLASTIC IS DOING TO THE WORLD. MY GUESS IS THAT SEEING PICTURES OF OUR OWN WILDLIFE CHOKING TO DEATH ON PIECES OF PLASTIC HAS DONE MORE TO AWAKEN US TO THE PROBLEM THAN ANY DEMONSTRATION OR LECTURE.