Trying to Cause Nature Less Harm – 3

I’m afraid I’m really failing in this endeavour and this blogpost is merely to keep me honest about that failure. The weekly shop is the seemingly insurmountable enemy. Perishables come in plastic boxes that take up huge volume in the rubbish (Our bin is not separated, hence am concentrating on reduce and re-use.) My hopes of attracting bees to superpollinator plants have fallen foul of the difficulty of cultivating such plants outside right into marine air. I’ve even slipped back with the fizzy drinks, rather than pursuing the option of getting diet coke style flavours for the soda stream, which would bring all the household on board with using it.

We have phased out the plastic milk cartons, which is good (though the cardboard replacements have Tetra Pak) but I really want to see a reduction in the throughput of rubbish, especially when most of it is wildlife-killing plastic.

I have followed the Cork Greens facebook page and I have made improvements in other domestic areas. But it’s really not enough. I need to push through with the philosophy of going to the butcher counter for meat so it’s not wrapped in plastic, getting plants outside, and continuing the conscious decision not to buy plastic bottles when eating out.

It’s easy to despair and reckon my actions will make no difference anyway; pitiable as they are, they’re still not followed by lots of other people and so are useless. Not to mention the behaviour of farmers setting fires and burning wildlife alive, without punishment or penalty. But the feeling of powerlessness at this world of excess isn’t good either. For my own mental health I need to continue to engage, even if it is only to self-chastise at my ongoing failure to help nature at all.

Trying to Cause Nature Less Harm – 3

2 thoughts on “Trying to Cause Nature Less Harm – 3

  1. M Walsh says:

    Hi Susan, just spotted your blog on Trying to Cause Nature Less Harm. I think I am in the same ‘space’ as you with regards to wanting to stop using plastic and not always getting around to it satisfactorily. I have been wanting to change for years and years now but making very little progress. But wanting to try is half the battle isn’t it?. Keep it up and keep us posted. The more people who are trying the better 🙂

    1. Hi Maire! It’s really hard, isn’t it? You have to be pretty privileged and a landowner to opt out of modern life – most people just can’t. And even then, something will trip you up. But I’m determined to keep trying. Really what needs to happen is that the arse is taxed out of it so prohibitively that supermarkets et al have no choice but to go for something more ecologically sound. I CAN undertake not to have drinks from small single-use bottles of Coke (for example) and bringing back my own plastic bags to the shops for reuse. I think reducing might be more important than recycling, though I recognise the significance of both. Thanks for dropping by! Susan

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