Monday, 17 April 2017

Not Stopping At Straws

Salty Dog is at it again.  Not content to rest on her laurels after persuading bars in Antigua to stock paper rather than plastic straws she's turned her attention to the UK.   Now I love teeny activism, small steps by ordinary people that aim to make this world a better place. What my friend is doing is trying to be pro-active in alerting businesses to the fact we cannot go on generating plastic food waste.


Yesterday we did a brilliant afternoon coast path walk between Beesands and Start Point starting with fish and chips from Britannia @ The Beach.  This is a wonderful seafood shack selling freshly caught fish which you can eat in or take away to eat on the beach, as we did.  The food is beautiful, the staff are really lovely and prices are reasonable.  The one problem is that the take out cutlery is plastic.  Salty Dog alerted staff to the unsustainability and bless them. Even though they seemed puzzled that it might  be a problem they offered the loan of a proper knife and fork instead.It would be lovely to see wooden cutlery on offer though next time we visit.  Here's me after we'd started walking modelling an alternative to bottled water!

What made this more poignant was that we were walking in an area that was the scene of an enormous environmental disaster one hundred of years ago.   Dredging for sand and gravel to expand the naval dockyards at Plymouth caused the village of North Hallsands to fall into the sea.  All the warning signs were in place. The beach had been disappearing for years but the villager's protests were in vain.   And still the cliff falls away.  I remember that twenty years ago you could walk through the derelict buildings but now you have to be content with a glimpse of the old settlement from a viewing platform.

Salty Dog has started a Facebook group, Food Plastic Saboteurs, for those interested in reducing the plastic waste associated with buying and eating food.  Please like and share if you want to be involved.  Another thing that she's doing is ditching the plastic wrap from fruit and vegetables at supermarket checkouts.  She did this in Morrisons the other day.   This is a mild inconvenience for the supermarket if one person does this but if many of us take the same action then perhaps the big retailers will start to think about the impact of unnecessary packaging.

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  1. I have a nesting metal silverware set wraped with a bandana in a bag in my purse to use when I need it. I am debating on a stainless steel straw.
    Scotia the Cook

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    1. The metal straw sounds cool and carrying the cutlery too. I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of that. Off to the camping shop to buy my own. xx

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    2. Oh, and the other thing that is easy to carry is either wooden chopsticks in a beautiful box or pouch or stainless Korean chopsticks. I need to get some as Sweetie & I got out for Asian all the time. ��
      Scotia the Cook

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    3. Another brilliant idea. Thanks. xx

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  2. Thank you Julie for writing this blog. xx

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  3. Fab post. A friend of mine has just won a green award for her local initiative http://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/ [I volunteer for her] and she in turn was inspired by Nicola Peel who has achieved amazing work in the Amazon http://www.eyesofgaia.com/ She has a full length film on Youtube about her work out there
    Arilx

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    1. Thanks for links and for posting your net curtain veggie bags on Heidi's site. We're really impressed. xx

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  4. Lovely photo of you and you are so lucky with the weather. I'm sitting here in Hamilton with a fleece on admiring the sunshine down your way. It's a crazy thing how straws have been come ubiquitous-I wonder if it's because of all the ice that comes with drinks nowadays (which I detest as I have sensitive teeth) Catriona

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    1. It got chilly around Start Point when we were exposed to the wind. Got the legs out for the first time. I love a straw. Feels like being a child with a fizzy drink at Christmas again. xx

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  5. I can remember walking through the village of Hallsands when I first landed in Devon and being fascinated and horrified in equal measures at the callous misunderstanding of the delicate balance of nature. Then a few years later we visited again after some dreadful storms (ones that also damaged Torcross houses) and found we could not walk along the main street of Hallsands as we had before. It sounds like the erosion continues. A stark warning of mis-management?

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    1. I don't know if there's mismanagement these days. The coast changes so much around here and I'm not sure if some of it is down to natural erosion. There was a beach at Anstey's Cove that was a favourite in my student days. It too, is no more. xx

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  6. What do you have in your mouth? I can't quite see it.

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    1. It's the spout of one of those hydration systems that you carry in your rucksack. Easier than rooting around for a water bottle all the time. xx

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