My Sustainable Journey In April, May and June

This really should’ve been something I post monthly, as I’ve had a bit of a blogging slump this post was one of the ones that struggled. In spite of the slump I still consciously did monthly concentrate on changing different things in my life for a more sustainable life. The previous time I wrote about my sustainable journey was in March when I was planning to get rid of the junk mail that I receive. Unfortunately, it is something that I would’ve really had to tackle on many sides and I often forgot to make the effort only woken up by ever more junk mail that I received. So I will make the effort to work on it in July!

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SUSTAINABLE APRIL

As I planned to do in April, I did get the rechargeable batteries. However, I haven’t needed to use them yet. There is no point of taking batteries out of the devices that are using them now, and I will rather finish those batteries and recycled them. I have a few new single-use batteries still in the cupboard which I can save for when they might be needed and slowly change to the rechargeable batteries when any equipment shows signs of needing them. I will be writing more about them once I’ve used them and see whether they are actually better than the single-use ones.

This did wake me up to the fact that I rarely use batteries. There are only a few devices that I have with batteries and the only time I use batteries more often is during the winter for fairy lights, or for toys that cats use. Other devices that use batteries actually last a long time. So ones they need replacements I can start using my rechargeable batteries.

 

SUSTAINABLE MAY

For May I set myself to make my coffee drinking even more sustainable in the house as it’s slowly been going that way. First I got us an AeroPress, which although is plastic is a product that lasts a long time and has parts that can be changed. I got us a hand coffee grinder by Hario that also has parts that can be changed. And a couple months ago we accidentally broke the glass bowl from it. Instead of having to buy a whole new grinder I could go on to Hario website and just order a replacement bowl. This made me REALLY excited!

With Percol introducing compostable packaging for coffee I have been excited to reduce the amount of waste I produce from my coffee drinking, and am happy to see that there are other companies as well that are changing their packaging! I use Percol coffee with a French press. But with AeroPress, my daily coffee is usually small batch locally hand roasted coffee which I get from my local independent coffee shop. Lately, they changed the packaging in which their coffee comes. Instead of ordering a lot of big bags of beans, they now order tubs that they reuse. So now I can go with my own tub or an old coffee bag and get the same coffee beans in my own packaging. So exciting!

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SUSTAINABLE JUNE

For June I set myself to make sure my existing phone will last for longer, and I wouldn’t have to be buying a new one all the time. One day I suddenly noticed that a back corner on my phone was chipped. I hadn’t realised that one of the panels on the phone was made out of glass and hadn’t noticed it breaking. However, now for my safety and safety of the phone, I had to get a phone case. Instead of getting yet another plastic covers (yes I do have a collection of old phone covers for my old phones from over the years) I decided to try Pela case, which is compostable phone case.

So far I had been hesitant about it because they have to ship all the way from the USA, and they are fairly pricey. I received my case a couple of weeks ago and was instantly in love with the little penguin on the back. The feel of the case is flexible and it was really easy to put on the phone. Unfortunately, the fit is not snug and it comes right at the edge of my screen protector which makes it crawl under the screen protector and dislodging it a bit, making me having to set it over the screen protector over and over again.

What is great about it though is that I feel a lot more secure with my phone now. I am not afraid that it will break any minute now, and it feels secure in my grip as well. I am sure that the case will protect my phone from any more damage and therefore keep it in use for longer, and after I am finished with it I can compost it. Hurray!

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OTHER

MORE LOW WASTE PRODUCTS

I’m slowly getting more lower waste products. This month I replenished on the deodorant that I’ve loved using, which is in a cardboard packaging, and on the toothpaste tablets. I also got bamboo and cotton cue tips for when they are needed. I’m still to figure out how to dispose of these products.

 

BUYING FROM ETHICALLY SOURCED COMPANIES

I don’t buy clothes often and am always on the lookout for ethical fashion companies where the price is correct, the sizing is correct and they match in some ways with my values. In April I found a jacket from Seasalt Cornwall that is suitable for different situations and is great for Spring Summer season, or under a coat in Winter.

 

FASHION REVOLUTION FANZINE

I was late to notice the fourth fanzine by the Fashion Revolution team, but I am even more excited about this one as it covers crafts and artisan making. I had just started to have more questions about that so this will become handy! Check it out here.

 

PERIOD PANTIES

I got myself to try out ModiBodi period panties. I am so excited about not having to use single-use pads any longer!

https://www.modibodi.com/

 

SUSTAINABLE JULY

As I still didn’t manage to sort out my mail, I really need to work on it in July. The one thing I have been doing is collecting all the mail that I do not need that we receive, which does give an insight into how much is actually coming through our mailbox.

I will finally be looking into getting a guppy friend. It’s more than time for it!

 

What are you planning to change in the month of July?

With love,

Lii

 

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My Sustainable Journey In February

My Sustainable Journey In January

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Sustainable Reading nr. 8

I haven’t done a sustainable reading post in so long that this is going to be a long long post. Click on the articles you are interested in and I’ll try to remember to post this more often.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

Damage to the ozone layer and climate change forming feedback loop – The damage we are doing to the ozone layer can now be also assessed in waters, as the animals in all levels of the food chain are behaving in a different way. This is more evidence, so only time will show what they will do with the evidence.

KLM Issues Global Call to Industry, Travelers to ‘Fly Responsibly – I find it interesting that a company that makes its money on people flying is encouraging more mindful travelling, they even suggest people taking the train rather than flying. KLM has a carbon compensation programme and has already done work on their climate change initiatives. Now they are calling other industry players to join forces, which is excellent. I am looking forward to what they will do in the future!

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Indigo to Remove 1 ‘Terraton’ CO2 from Atmosphere Through Regenerative Farming – Regenerative farming is definitely something that I am interested in, in more than one aspect, and I am glad to hear more work is done with it!

US Consumers More Concerned About Ocean Plastic Than Climate Change – I am not surprised, and wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case in other countries as well. Plastic pollution is much more readily visible, can affect people more closely than climate change and is lately been advertised very strongly. And as plastic pollution is an important thing to tackle it shouldn’t be left at that. Maybe plastic pollution is an easier thing to grasp than climate change and therefore people feel that they are doing something good for the planet.

Glass skyscrapers: An environmental boon to the built environment – Glass buildings do not keep heat in very well, but let the spaces overheat easily.

Britain’s Music Festivals Are Tackling Everything From Plastic Waste to Low-Carbon Transport – It is great to see such big events looking into how they can have an impact on climate change. I haven’t been to any festival this year so I don’t know how much they’ve really done, but this is definitely a start!

 

RECYCLING

The massive emissions-cutting and cost-saving potential of chemical reuse – Misuse or not disposing of correctly many other chemicals can be harmful to the environment as well, but when collected they could be beneficial. The basic idea of circularity.

These College Students Invented a Beach Vacuum to Suck Up Microplastics – Although this sounds like a great breakthrough I wonder how it might affect life on these beaches.

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SOCIAL

Britain Pledges £1.4 Billion to Tackle HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria – Excellent! Now to hope that they won’t sell the NHS…

‘Groundbreaking’ Homelessness Center Offers Gym, Free Wi-Fi, and In-House Doctors for Real Solutions – This is brilliant! The right attitude to help people get back on their feet with support and a safe environment!

California Will Soon Be the First US State to Ban ‘Hair Discrimination’ – This is a new thing to me. I never before heard of hair discrimination. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, but nevertheless, I was shocked when reading this article. It is sad that there needs to be legislation for hair discrimination, but at the same time, it is great that the state recognises the need for it and works to combat this issue.

Over 400 Schools in This Malaysian Town Have Closed Due to Toxic Air Pollution – I do want to concentrate more on positive news but at the same time things like this need to be talked about. Factories illegally releasing toxic fumes so hundreds of kids go sick is unacceptable, and it is most likely factories that work for western companies.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to life in Alabama. Women must heed the warning – It might not be quite the Handmaid’s tale, but how women’s bodies are policed especially as they are pregnant seems ridiculous in the 21st century, and misogynistic. It offers no protection for mothers who are might already be in a vulnerable situation.

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NUTRITION

Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat – As livestock is increasingly considered as harmful for the environment scientists have been coming up with new alternatives. Lab-grown meat might require even more resources to make than livestock, but insects do not require much and the return of meat per animal is much higher. However, how will this affect veganism? How long will it take for people not to be disgusted by this meat which is a staple in some cultures? And what are the drawbacks in this?

Plant-based protein day needed on school menus – I agree! Although not only that. I’ve been in a situation where I had visited several different schools and saw the food offered to children. Without an exception, all the schools offered less healthy food and I was struggling to find foods that I would like to eat there. Of course, this is at least 4 years ago and I hope it has changed. Children should be offered more balanced, nourishing and diverse food options.

How This South African Woman Grew a Farm in a Plastic Packet – I love reading stories like this!

 

WILDLIFE

Pine woodland restoration creates haven for birds in Midwest – Birds are thriving in the areas where woodlands are cared for in a mindful way.

Biodiversity helps coral reefs thrive — and could be part of strategies to save them – Ways to possibly save or reintroduce corals in oceans?

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FASHION

Finnish R&D Project Aims to Make Business from Circular Textiles – Finnish company Telaketju is moving from just encouraging recycling of textiles into full-blown textile recycling centre that will create new textiles. Looking forward to seeing how they will manage this!

MBDC, Toxnot Collaborate to Optimize Supply Chain, Material Transparency – Although this is not only fashion related, but rather all industries related circular economy and transparency initiative. I hope it works well!

Our Top 10+ Clothing Rental Sites Around The World – Check out Eluxe’s chosen rental websites.

5 Ways Technology Is Making Fashion Sustainable – If you are not aware of the most yet this article is a great introduction to them.

Mindful Mending: How to connect to your clothing on an emotional level and save the planet – Excellent, mending should become mainstream already!!

In Conversation With Livia Firth – Interview with a co-founder of Eco-Age.

The Art Of Stain Removal – This is what I’ve been needing for a while! I don’t like throwing away my clothes and would rather get rid of the stain. These tips should help anybody to get rid of stains from their clothes!

All the images are from Usplash by Markus Spiske.

 

What interesting either positive or negative news have you read recently?

With love,

Lii

My Sustainable Journey In March

As I wrote, in the previous post, March was too busy of a month for me and I didn’t have the brain capacity to handle the month’s sustainable task that I had set upon myself so I will move to do it in April, hopefully, I have more time now. I still want to do 12 changes this year and will be setting two sustainable challenges for this month.

I might not have made the changes I was planning but I did work on others. After reading the Turning the tide on plastic I became more conscientious about how much plastic I use and how I dispose of it. I started checking what type of plastic I use and recycling it in a proper way (not all yet, but it is a work in progress). I chose a non-plastic option when possible and reused some when possible. I don’t believe I am doing enough yet, but I have managed to get my fiance more into it now as well and I smile when I notice him checking for what type of plastic he is processing and how he should process it.

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TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC

Written by Lucy Siegle, turning the tide on plastic provides tangible actions that you can do to reduce the existence of plastic in your life. It talks through the invention of plastic and how it was invented to be the environmental solution, but how it’s been turned into a pest on the planet and on us. How, although, all plastic, in theory, is recyclable, most countries do not have the capacity to recycle it, or there is no incentive to recycle certain plastics. It does also talk about how not all plastic is bad and it is serving an important function in many industries and rather discusses what plastic we should be getting rid of.

“Meanwhile those manufacturers and retailers who gain most by pushing plastic into our lives are getting away with taking little responsibility”

“Because it is me and you, through our taxes, who fund 90 percent of the collecting, sorting and disposal of recycling of most of the plastic waste that flows into the country, while the manufacturers,brands and retailers pick up the tab for just 10 per cent.”

It discusses how those who are to blame should be made responsible, how you can pressure them to be responsible and what are the steps to get rid of the disposable plastic in your life that you don’t need and our planet doesn’t need.

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SUSTAINABLE APRIL

I will be looking into receiving no or at least less mail that is unwanted and not needed.

I want to look into getting rechargeable batteries. It’s unbelievable we don’t’ have them yet as we have been talking so long of getting some so it will be my task in April. Obviously, I still need to be conscientious about the amount of electricity I use as well.

 

What sustainable changes did you make in March? Let me know in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

Pictures are from Unsplash from John Cameron and Simson Petrol.

 

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My Sustainable Journey In January

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Sustainable Reading Nr.7

Fashion

Interview: Veja On Its New Biodegradable Sneakers Made From Corn Waste – It is great that there are a lot of alternatives popping up in fashion and footwear, however, the headline is a bit misleading as they say quite clearly that only part of the shoe is biodegradable currently, parts of it are not.

These Female Entrepreneurs Are Making The Fashion Industry More Sustainable – Introducing 5 amazing women and what they do to support and drive sustainable fashion.

EU Backs ‘Traceability Tool’ For Apparel Brands – It’s great to hear that EU is taking the problem seriously, although I hope this tool will also be used to support consumer decision and will truly be traceable.

Pilot Shows Female Bosses In Garment Factories Boost Efficiency – Actually, they say that, female supervisors do. It is great to hear that gender equality is taken more seriously in Bangladesh and these numbers can support more female supervisors in the factories and possibly even higher positions. However, I am afraid whether this can also lead to pushing the female supervisors to be harsher on the employees with their new position where they have to prove themselves.

MUD Commits To 100% Recycled Cotton Jeans – They are said to be the most sustainable denim brand at the moment and it is great to hear that they are pushing the sustainability forward!

Levi’s Launches ‘Cottonised Hemp’ Collection – Hemp is a more sustainable fibre than cotton, however, in the article, it is not made clear how hemp is cottonised and whether the process is done with chemicals, whether it is designed in a circular way nor any other facts on it. And the collection is just made with sustainability in mind and is not completely cottonised hemp. Still, I am happy to see that the company is paying more and more attention to sustainability.

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Climate Change

Swedish Student Leader Wins EU Pledge To Spend Billions On Climate – She isn’t the only one who protested as there were protests all over the world where children skipped school to protest for the politicians to do important decisions about the environment. In the end, teachers joined them! EU has now pledged to put a big investment into our environment from 2021 to 2027. I hope it’s not too late.

Britain Is On Its Way To Be Powered By Renewables More Than Fossil Fuels For First Time In History – The government has just signed a deal to support offshore wind sectors and is planning for 70% of the electricity to come from wind.

 

Social

The Internet Is Censoring Our Ability To Make Informed Decisions – This is a very interesting read. You might not agree with everything, but there is a deeper meaning to it.

The Racism Of Technology – And Why Driverless Cars Could Be The Most Dangerous Example Yet – Very interesting yet alarming article into the racism in the technology sector and whether it is safe.

South African Judge Rules Same-Sex Discrimination In The Church Is Unlawful – More diversity!

Mali Is Providing Free Health Care To Pregnant Women and Children Under 5 – In addition, they are providing contraception free of charge. When health care is often expensive even in the western countries it is great to hear how Mali is supporting it’s vulnerable!

NASA Just Announced It’s First-Ever All-Female Spacewalk – It’s about time they are thinking about gender equality in that sector too!

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Waste

Sir David Attenborough Backs Decision To Double UK Aid For Plastic Recycling – It didn’t really explain what it means by UK aid for plastic recycling, nevertheless, it is great to hear that recycling plastic is taken seriously. Recycling is not the answer to climate change or waste problem, but it should be considered as part of the solution at least at this moment.

This UK Charity Uses Recycling To Create Healthier, Greener Lives In Kenya – WasteAid is educating citizen in developing countries on how to collect and recycle their waste.

The #Trashtag Challenge Is Getting People To Clean Up Their Local Environments – I’m sure many have heard about beach cleanups from all over the world. Trashtag is not only for the beaches but for any environment and it’s a great movement, but it does make me sad that there is a need for such movement. Throwing trash is forests, parks or any other area is not nice nor environmental. Beaches get a lot of trash from the ocean and my next question would be, where does the trash that was collected under trashtag go? Does it go back to landfills?

 

Business

Are B Corp An Elite Charade For Changing The World – An interesting discussion into what can change the world and whether market leading it is the answer.

Ikea To Launch Furniture Rental Offering As Part Of Circular Economy Shift – It is great a company this big is thinking about their footprint and how they can reduce waste, as well as repair the items they make.

 

 

What interesting news did you read recently? Share them in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

 

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My Sustainable Journey In February

My plan for February was to find a toothpaste that creates less waste and is still good for my health. Originally I wanted to change my toothpaste after I’ve read several posts about fluoride and how it can have a bad effect on our health. There are a few fluoride free toothpaste options but most of them are in plastic tubes, which does not help when I want to create less waste. So far I’ve quite like toothpaste from Ecodenta, especially their charcoal one, as that is fluoride free (not all natural toothpaste will be fluoride free). I did try some from Georganics, but found the glass jar not as convenient especially when I was really tired. (I might try some of their other products though in the future). At the beginning of February I ordered some fluoride-free toothpaste tablets from Society zero, which I wanted to try, but then I had to get my tooth fixed and fluoride toothpaste was the only thing that was working for me for a couple of weeks. So I’ve only been trying the toothpaste tablet for a week or so, but so far I quite like them. I think I’ll have to try them for longer to be sure and possibly try some toothy tabs from Lush and other Georganics products to find the product that I am the happiest with health wise and waste wise.

If you want to read more about fluoride and decide for yourself if you want to have toothpaste with it you can check the following articles F Toxins, Curiosly Conscious, Georganics. There most certainly are many more articles and most of them will explain two different sides of pro or con fluoride. The one thing that I found out is that fluoride in small amounts is great for your enamel but otherwise not too good for human health, and the fluoride used in toothpaste is often industrial based by-product, which circularity in mind is great, but I am not sure if we should be using that in our bodies.

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No Logo

In February I also finished the book No Logo by Naomi Klein. The book is not an actual sustainability book, but I found that helps with understanding the world, how it works and what drives it – all things that affect how we can change it to a more sustainable one. It talks about how brands are everywhere, even where we don’t think they are, how much influence they have on people, their decision making and what they trust or don’t trust. It also uncovers the secrets these brands have and would rather not let their customers know about them. What strikes me is not how influential the brands are on customers but even on governments and their decision making.

It also discusses in extent how brands, although try to market diversity, in real life hope for and try to achieve less diversity because their products will be easier to market to a bigger group.

The book is quite old, written in 1999, and I believe many of the companies mentioned have changed their ways. Nevertheless, it shows what brands have been doing, what they might be doing, and how they try to achieve the maximum profit by investing their money in things that they think matters.

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March

There is one thing I am constantly getting annoyed about and that is junk mail that we get in the mail. Nevertheless, of trying to sign off from any mailing lists many surrounding companies just want to bombard us with adverts about their menus, new stores or community groups. And although, I know sometimes there is good behind what they are advertising I am the one who has to dispose of all that mail. In Finland, we could just write that we do not accept junk mail and we could be free of this mail, in the UK it doesn’t quite work that way. So I am going to look into the junk mail problem in March. Wish me luck!

 

What sustainable did you do in February? And what are your plans for March?

With love,

Lii

 

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Biodegradable vs Photodegradable vs Compostable

This post is a long time coming. With many different companies talking about a greener packaging they have I have gotten confused about what actually is environmentally friendly packaging. Then after visiting the plastic recycling centre in Scotland and hearing all about plastic recycling and whether biodegradable plastic fits into plastic recycling, I found out some new information. Once when looking at a seemingly green website I checked their packaging which they claimed to be great for the environment as it is photodegradable. Was it greenwashing or was it just ignorance, I don’t know, so I decided to find out properly what these packaging words mean that are floating around. I certainly don’t know everything, but I did research into multiple sources to find the most reliable information. I hope it will help some of you understand these words as well. And I am talking about the packaging connecting to food more than anything else, but it does correlate to other industries as well.

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Photodegradable

Photodegradable means that it will decompose with sunlight, meaning it will break into smaller pieces when subjected to light. The big problem with photodegradable packaging is that it sounds like it would be a good option for the environment, however, nearly everything in the world will decompose, the question is how quickly will it decompose and whether it will leave any harmful substances when it does. Some products may take thousands of years to decompose and in many cases when they decompose they release harmful chemicals into the environment and the waterways. The fact that something is photodegradable doesn’t tell much about the product, other than it requires sunlight to do so.

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Biodegradable

Biodegradable means that the decomposing happens when the items are subject to living organisms such as fungi or bacteria. In general, biodegradable is a term associated with green packaging, and it’s been considered as a great alternative because what comes from nature goes back. However, biodegradable doesn’t always mean it comes from nature.

There are several terms that all can be confused with each other, but don’t actually mean the same thing; biodegradable plastic, bioplastic and biodegradable materials such as paper. Biodegradable plastic is essentially plastic that is designed to decompose quickly by adding additives to them, and bioplastic is plastic made out of natural materials such as corn starch. Both of these are essentially plastics as they are made out of polymers, but each of these materials behaves differently when decomposing, it takes them varied times to decompose and they require different environments for decomposing often high temperatures and possibly even UV lights. Biodegradable does not mean we can throw the items with an easy conscience into the bin, as the landfill is not an optimum environment for them to decompose and instead the decomposing could release methane gas. Nor can we throw them in the compost without knowing what they are actually made out of or whether they are suitable for home or industrial composting (more on that in composting section).

 

Biodegradable Plastic

The big problem with biodegradable is that it is often misconceived as a natural material that is better for the environment, but this is a generalisation. Lately biodegradable plastic has been in the news for all the soda bottles which were contributing to the oceans microplastic problem because the plastic degraded quickly but only into small pieces instead of disappearing completely. If packaging is market as biodegradable it really requires further information on in what conditions is it biodegradable and whether it leaves harmful residues when it is biodegraded. In a sense, biodegradable is a buzz word as it doesn’t inform consumers of what they need to do with the packaging. It could require industrial composting and often it cannot be recycled with other plastics as it rather contaminates them. Biodegradable products are not regulated.

 

Bioplastic

Bioplastics, on the other hand, are derived from renewable sources such as corn starch, sugarcane, bacteria etc. Bioplastic can be made into PLA which is compostable in the right environment or PET which is not compostable, so whether bioplastic is compostable is dependant on what kind of plastic is created with it. This also brings the question of how to dispose of it, as PLA could potentially be put into a compost bin but it would contaminate the plastic recycling making it unrecyclable and PET would contaminate the compost but could possibly be recycled with conventional PET plastic.

As bioplastic sounds like an excellent alternative there are some serious environmental consequences. To make bioplastic a lot of crops is grown which requires intensive agriculture, which is not modified in the same way as food agriculture is and it can lead to soil erosion and fertilizer runoff. On top of the machinery that is used in agriculture, possible deforestation and space it takes from food agriculture. Bioplastic made out of bacteria although was the first known bioplastic invented in 1926, is still rarely used.

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Compostable

Compostable means naturally derived products that can be put amongst decaying natural substances to decompose by microorganisms eventually turning into nutrient-rich substance. There are two types of compostable products; they can either be composted in a home compost or they need to a special environment that only industrial composting can create.

Composting is a fairly efficient way to process natural waste with great benefits. Compost is a great natural fertiliser that reduces soil erosion, controls ground moisture and weeds and restores soil fertility.

Problems with compost result when the compost is contaminated with synthetic substances or with materials that have toxic dyes for example, or if the home compost is contaminated with other compostable material that requires industrial composting. Food ingredients are quite simple to understand that they are compostable, but the packaging is not quite so simple. There are more rules regarding marking on the packaging about compostability because the packaging needs to be tested according to the compost standards whether it is compostable. That is why, in the UK, most home composts are said to only accept food compost, as any kind of packaging could make people confused about what can be composted and it could easily be contaminated. One issue I have with the UK compost is that they do not even seem to take tissues, but they do take teabags which have plastic in them. So if you are reading this, stop putting tea bags into your compost unless you are 100% sure it doesn’t have plastic in it.

When it comes to food packaging compostable is one of the most sensible options, as food contaminated the plastic and the paper, which makes them unrecyclable. When the packaging is compostable and it has food scraps in it, it all just goes into the same bin. Compostable packaging is regulated and therefore if you see their standards on the packaging you know what you are buying into and how to dispose of the packaging. However, if compostable items are sent to the landfill they produce biogas and methane which are not great for the environment.

These are some of the labels that you can find on packaging which is compostable, but there might be others which should be clearly marked on the packaging.

At the moment I am excited about Vegware which is a Scottish company supplying certified compostable packaging worldwide, Alterwaste for coming up with compostable new solutions to food waste and Percol for having their coffee packet in compostable coffee bags. What companies are you excited about?

With love,

Lii

Packaging photos are from Oleg Magni from Pexels.

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Sustainable Reading Nr. 6

Fashion

MPs Say Fast Fashion Brands Inaction On Ethics Is Shocking – Again, many NGOs activists have been saying this for years and for the MPs to now contribute to the discussion feels slow, nevertheless, they are discussing it. The article points out what the government’s committee on the topic found out from some of the major UK high street brands about their sustainable and ethical initiatives, and it ranks these high street brands on the basis of their answers. The problem is that although they are ranked into three groups there isn’t much information on what they are really doing about sustainability and ethics and whether this is supported by evidence. To that, there were many companies that were missing from the list such as Zara, H&M, Victorias Secret and many others.

Polartec Commits To 100% Recycled Materials – The header is actually a bit wrong as it explains how Polartec commits to 100% recycled and biodegradable materials. It is still amazing to read about!

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Social

Is Sunscreen The New Margarine? – An excellent article that makes you think. Is the dermatological industry just trying to get their money’s worth and are you getting enough vitamin D?

This Teen Wrote A Bill To End Period Poverty In School – How amazing is that! When the adults are not working on things that they should be working on, there is hope that in the future these young people will grow and make the world a better place!

This Pakistani Province Just Made Polio Vaccines Mandatory For All Schoolchildren – This is a big step to eradicate the disease from the country and I hope it will go well. Although I am interested to see whether the government will support this financially.

The Future Of Gender Equality Lies In The Hands Of Female Coders: UN Chief – It is great that they are recognising that by having more women knowledgeable in the skills needed for the future and I hope there will be more support to the girls as well!

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Plastic

A Better Way To Make Plastic Out Of Sulfur – Alternative source from which to make plastic.

Cork Vs. Cap: Which Wine Stopper Is Better? – Going through different corks and caps and what are their benefits, as well as which ones are good ecologically.

This Water Bottle Dissolves If It Ever Enters the Ocean – They talk about a biodegradable water bottle that is made out of “biopolymer called PHA that’s comes from a fermenting bacteria”. It is supposed to decompose when it touch with naturally occurring bacteria. That is how biodegradability works, however, in the article there was no proof how quickly this happens or whether it leaves any harmful chemicals behind. I will be in a post soon explaining the differences and characteristic of biodegradability and other such words relating to packaging so stay tuned.

Researchers Just Found A Brilliant Way To Convert Plastic Waste Into Fuel – The heat it up so high it is supposed to turn back into oil. If it actually works then brilliant, but it does make me wonder how it took them this long to come up with such an idea.

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Other News

French and German Farmers Forced To Destroy Crops After GMOs Found In Bayer/Monsanto Seeds – The headline itself raises few thoughts. Mostly, GREAT they are actually doing something about the GMO seeds, the second, I feel sorry for the farmers. In the article Bayer/Monsanto say they will be reimbursing the farmers for the lost revenue, however, it is still not clear how the illegal seeds got into the crop. I really hope countries would start supporting more organic farming and especially non-Bayer-Monsanto seeds.

How Danone, Kashi and O’Lakes Are Backing Sustainable Farming – Article talks about what are the issues for farmers to transfer to sustainable farming and how the big companies are looking for more sustainable production. It brings out one problem, which is the price for the farmers to transfer to sustainable farming and how it can be a big barrier, where although the payout is going to be better in the long term, in short term can be too costly for the farmers to do. Seeing this, shouldn’t the big companies and governments support them through this transition?

The Soon-To-Be Worlds Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Will Start Powering Britain This Week – How great! I hope the whole country will soon be completely powered by clean energy!

Sea Turtle Populations Soared by 980% After Legal Protections – It is great to hear that the protections are working and animals are rebounding. Although the number is from a median, and might not tell the whole truth to a person who doesn’t know enough about the topic.

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Lii

 

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