Monday, 09 September 2019 08:03

It's easy being green

So, you might have guessed I am a greenie, a tree hugger, an environmental warrior. I am passionate about our environment, and do what I can to make a difference. Years ago I read several books about being “eco-friendly” and “going green” I made notes and started slowly. One book stands out and I summarised it for my own use. I thought you might find it interesting and possibly useful. Who knows? It could even inspire you!

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One of our treats at the end of the week is sushi take-aways. I love relaxing on our veranda after a busy week with a delicious plate of sushi, catching up on the week with my family.

What I don’t like, and struggle with, is all the stuff they insist on sending with the sushi. Paper serviettes, disposable chopsticks, endless miniature tubs of soy sauce and wasabi, the polystyrene container and a double plastic bag in case of leakage! They know me now - I arrive with my own reusable shopping bag to collect my sushi without all the extras. I have reusable chopsticks at home, along with cloth napkins, and a large glass bottle of soy that I decant into our own bowls.

But I seem to be the exception to the rule. I am the odd man out! Why? Why do we automatically accept straws, disposable utensils, sachets of condiments and paper serviettes that quite often go untouched?

My Sunday coffee from Vida E is no different. Years ago, my daughters gave me a Vida E mug, which I take with me when I get my coffee. I even get a discount for bringing my own mug! Yet I rarely see anyone else bring their mug. And this is mainly a take away business. Why is that? How difficult is it to say “NO thank you” to the disposables we don’t need?

Convenience has its merits, and take-aways are a treat. But it’s so important to be aware of the waste of unnecessary disposables. 

If you don’t need it, say “No”!

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