Plastic is for eternity, and we use it mostly only once. The features that have made crude oil plastic so attractive are the same ones that make it pollutant: resistance to degradation. This near-eternal litter is omnipresent in the oceans, landfills and freshwater and on land and the numbers are quite likely to increase. Why use this eternal material once? The existence of single-use plastic is such an annoyance for most consumers. For me as well. I do my best (reusable cups & cutlery, cotton package bags, bulk shopping etc.) but still can’t get rid of plastic entirely. I am happy with the ban in the EU on single-use plastic in 2021, but single-use plastic meal boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams are not included. A stubborn zero waste practice will be still necessary until producers and governments are willing to protect the environment. Do you have tips for reducing single-use plastics?

#airtravel: Heat

#sustainability: Capitalism if world matters

Jonathon Porritt writes: “2007: the atmosphere warms up; the forests crash down; the poor of the world go on getting poorer; water resources in more than 30 countries are running dry; fish stocks decline; an additional 73 million people join the human race; 800 million go hungry while a billion get fat. Just an average year in the life of planet Earth. And still, we wait for today’s political “leaders” to begin to get their act together.”

“Politicians are fearful because they don’t believe the answers can be found within a capitalist framework. And they know they won’t get elected unless they go on offering voters the same kind of “get rich quick, party on politics” that has dominated our lives for the last 50 years.”

If we, the people can change and consume differently politicians don’t have to be fearful anymore. Read more:

#climatechange: Warming stripes

Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading.  Effectively communicating climate change is a challenge, but the warming stripes of Ed Hawkins are doing well. Each stripe represents the global temperature of a single year, ordered from 1850 till 2017. The colour scale represents the change in global temperatures covering 1.35°C

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