The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
The evenings are long!
Before you know it the air is filled with the smell of hot fat and glowing coals.
The whole of mankind (and I mean man) is busy with his tongs, apron, shorts, white knees, and
sweaty fervoured brow!
Into that shed to find an armoured chariot for charred foods and raw passions.
Yes, you’ve guessed it…..
It’s time to cook in the open air!
So I was at a BBQ at the weekend. It was fantastic! Veggie options, flowing refreshments and great company.
And better still (at least to me) not a plastic utensil, cup or plate in sight!
It seems that BBQ is often a common excuse for people to forget they own these:
Now I’m not sure why but often people are sucked into believing that the easiest option is plastic. Yet the creation of permanent waste from outdoor gatherings is horrendous. This web page has plenty of facts. (they also sell products but I’m not encouraging you to buy them as we all have plenty of tools for eating and drinking already.)
A plastic fork for example can take between ten and a hundred years to decompose. So it will last far longer than the calories and hangover of the party itself!
Rather than being a green killjoy I’ll enjoy the summer without populating it with permanent reminders of the fun we have had.
How do you reduce plastic waste while enjoying the sunshine?
Do you have a top tip to share?
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...