So I’m not going to lie. I’m immersed in an industry surrounded by one time use plastic, it’s hard to escape, and if I’m really honest, until fairly recently it bothered me relatively little.
I’ve always done my bit, recycled where I could, and sometimes not, depending on how far and how full the recycle bin was but things changed for me recently.
Searching BBC IPlayer for an instalment of Dragon’s Den, I stumbled across Liz Bonnin’s documentary ‘Drowning in Plastic’. Now, I’m not sure if it was the revelation that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists on this planet, or the pitiful lifeless body of a baby seal strangled to death after being entwined in fisherman’s plastic netting, but something spurred me into action.
Now, I’m not suggesting that single-handedly I can save the planet (although my notions of self-grandeur have been known to get carried away previously) but I do think that if we all do our bit, collectively, we might just make a difference.
First job was to take stock. You don’t have to walk more than two steps into my kitchen to find a cupboard full of plastic cutlery, plates, cups, straws, ready in waiting for the moment when we’ll opt for the easy life and not have to clear up after dinner (happens all too frequently) so I announced to hubby and kids my intention to try and stop using one time use plastic as much as possible and the stock that we have in the cupboard was to be saved for emergency use only! You can imagine the scene and flow of positivity that followed (not!) but not easily put off, I remained firm in my resolution.
Feeling pleased as punch with myself and my new self-righteous, morally superior status, I made my way to the office. I can only describe the warehouse as a sea of whisky and plastic – and for some inexplicable reason, one which had never really bothered me before.
I’m not sure if it’s because we are so focused on making sure that our precious bottles make the journey to their new owner in one piece safe and soundly, or if I just sort of accepted that this is just how it is in this industry and this is the only way to do it. Either way people, I give you my word that whilst I most certainly cannot state that thus forward, we will only use biodegradable materials, we WILL most certainly do our utmost to transition to the most environmentally friendly packaging that we can. I’ll keep you posted on our journey, but today I made contact with a company making bottle holders from recycled waste products that are fully biodegradable and ordered some for testing – looking hopeful AND ordered compostable disposable spoons (made from cornstarch) off Amazon for the staff kitchen (they do work, but sadly they arrived in a sea of plastic bubble wrap – go figure!)
I’ll report back here when we make some progress, but I’d love to hear from you your own small steps.