The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
A few weeks ago I wrote about tea. It was simply the issue of packaging that could be avoided.
But that’s not the only example we encounter.
Sugar is another bug bear of mine.
This quaint sugar bowl in an eco aware cafe really raised my spirits. It’s a permanent fixture with a lid. This keeps the flies away.
The fancy hotel I stayed in had other ideas. Like so many places now, the sugar was individually wrapped. As was the coffee powder, the creamer satchets, the artificial sweetener and the wee biscuits. And don’t get me started on those tiny plastic pots of UHT milk.
Now generally (before I hear you shouting) I don’t take sugar, and black tea is the best option I can find for reducing this excess available waste.
But the thing I can’t understand is that wrapped options must be more expensive.
Where has the obsession with teeny packets come from?
I’m guessing it’s paranoia.
Firstly, it protects us all from sabotage. I remember that some years ago there were som negative events where food was tampered with so we are safer this way.
Then of course there’s those beloved germs lurking in sugar bowls everywhere.
I’m not entirely convinced that bits of paper and plastic will really protect us that well. After all packets have to be handled, they can be dropped, who knows where they’ve been.
Meanwhile the little packet mountain of wasted resource gets bigger. And with it the pile of paper napkins and stirrers etc.
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