Visiting…. cont


Plastic free is hard in someone else’s house. You instantly become so aware of how much plastic is consumed in a day, in a week, in a lifetime. 

We stayed at my parents place. It was great, at first the plastic drove me batty and then I succumbed to old habits. 

Margarine containers, bread bags, grocery bags, biscuit packets, ice cream tubs, frozen chips, meat wrapping (which we have at home I know but still) and to top it off, an incinerator. 

Yikes. Yes we aren’t perfect, and this trip made sunk it in that we are far from perfect. Mindless consumption is the pits. No wonder oceans are filling up with soup, landfills are no longer containing waste and now we have climate change. 

What is climate change?

Earth’s atmosphere is made up of oxygen, a large amount of nitrogen and a small percentage of greenhouse gases.Earth’s atmosphere is made up of oxygen, a large amount of nitrogen and a small percentage of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the Earth. They trap warmth from the sun and make life on Earth possible. Without them, too much heat would escape and the surface of the planet would freeze. However, increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causes the Earth to heat more and the climate to change.

This process is often called global warming but it is better to think of it as climate change because it is likely to change other aspects of climate as well as temperature, and also bring about more extreme climate events such as floods, storms, cyclones and droughts

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/overview-climate-change/about-climate-change

So, what to do while visiting? To be honest I don’t know. It’s hard when you’re a guest in someone else’s house. Offering to help with the cooking, contributing to groceries and then that way you get to control the plastic content? Remembering the cloth totes for groceries is a must. 

Or, be loud and proud. After all, we have an earth to save. 

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