Plastic – it needs government involvement

Asia is the worst region for massively producing and underly managing its plastic waste. According to UN Environment:

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On my walk this morning, I saw many discarded ones (which will inevitably end up in landfills and oceans) and was offered many by shopkeepers who automatically pack my purchases into plastic bags.

Try as we might carrying our own reusable bags, our efforts need to be backed by governmental legislation.  This is the success of Ireland’s “PLASTAX”:

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Yesterday, it was reported that the Indian Prime Minister vows to abolish single-use plastic by 2022. You can read it here.

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Here’s hoping that other governments, particularly in Asia, will jump on this bandwagon.

In the meantime, pop over to our ideas section to see how we made a reusable bag from an old dress in less than 5 minutes 🙂  Please click on this link.

 

Death of a pilot whale…let his death be your beginning

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Pilot whales are majestic creatures of the sea and are in the same family as dolphins. Like us, they are mammals” warm-blooded and give birth to their young. The mother pilot whale nurse her calves for more than three years, and the mother-calf bond is typically strong for this species (Photo: wikipedia).

Last week, a young male pilot whale was washed up in a canal between the Thai-Malaysian border.  A large group of volunteers tried to keep him alive by helping him stay afloat with buoys and holding up umbrellas to protect him from the scorching sun. The young whale vomited up five plastic bags, but the other EIGHTY in his stomach, weighing a whopping 8 kgs), killed him in the end.

To read, please visit the BBC by clicking on this link:

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A few short years ago, eco-activism is the province of the hardcore but since then, there had been so many wake-up calls that we can no longer ignore. Adopting “green” practices and making changes in our lives is something that we all have to do. It is our responsibility.

South East Asia is the biggest user of plastic bags that end up in landfills and oceans. This is effect of those plastic bags.

Please do not let this pilot whale die in vain. If you have not join the green revolution yet, let his death be your beginning. With Simple Green Planet, we will show you the simple changes that YOU can make in your lives to make the planet a better place for all.

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Main photo: ThaiWhales/Facebook

Repurposing a holey dress

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Clothes these days are dirt-cheap. But look closer. What do you see? Sweatshop labour and harmful chemicals polluting the environment. And these cheap dresses don’t last long.

This lovely-looking dress (impulsive beach buy) lasted a few washes – admittedly, I wear them hard – before holes started appearing.

Fortunately, I have a very practical partner-in-crime (Jane) who came up with the idea of repurposing the dress into a reusable cloth bag:

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It took less than 5 minutes to make this (no stitching involved), and I have used my “new” bag twice in the last three days:

…and Jane made a scarf for herself, too 🙂

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Why was she tittering? Watch this video, which gave Jane the inspiration in the first place. Highly recommended (*thumbs up*) and may it inspire you too (*wink wink*).  Looking forward to seeing more repurposed dress-bag around ….. and stay posted for more ideas, giveaways and fun.

What we did before plastic

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In the “olden” days, the greengrocer would wrap your purchases up in old newspapers, or better still, tip them into your shopping basket. It was the same all over the world.

Unfortunately, in our current “convenient” way of living, shopkeepers and retailers rely heavily on cheap plastics to wrap up their wares. Recently, Marks & Spencers sparked an outcry by wrapping ONE lime leaf in a lot of plastic.

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To read the original article, please click here.

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In our recent forays around Phuket, we visited a traditional herbalist in the old town and took some charming photos (as well as bought good stuff for cheap – goji berries and ginseng, amongst others).

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The lady behind the counter painstakingly measured out her wares with her old fashioned scales.

Our purchases were put in paper envelopes made from old brochures. How lovely is that ❤

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COTTON REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS (prices from THB300)

Sharon, whose son is a student at BISP, is a self-taught artist who is always looking for new ideas. She combines the art with other mediums to bring out the uniqueness of each work. Each bag is individually hand-painted. This one, made from a sturdy material and has an intricate design costs THB700. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/fleurzentangle/posts/440144606407895

Please order directly from her at slian27@gmail.com

Stainless steel straws

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Set of four stainless steel straws (plus cleaning brush and bag) THB300

  • environmental friendly
  • no plastic waste
  • reusable
  • one set suitable for a family of four.
  • in a bag, for carrying around in your bag!

We have four extra sets! Please message us via Facebook if you are interested in purchasing a set.

(If you have already ordered a set, please be advised that the straws are scheduled to arrive in the next 7-10 days).

Here’s a good reason why never to use plastic straws: The last plastic straw.