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Feeling blue about plastic #SoCS Sept. 14/19

Today’s SoCS prompt involves writing about the first blue object you see. I have just come home after shopping. Among other things, I bought a plastic storage container with a blue lid. What a coincidence !

I need to wrap and store some delicate objects so I also bought five metres of bubble wrap. Now I am feeling guilty.

My guilt arises from the fact that, like most people these days, I am trying to limit the use of plastic. Plastic use crept into our daily lives gradually. Plastic bags that replaced the brown paper bags of yesteryear were waterproof and strong as were plastic boxes and cartons. There were so many other things made of plastic that were useful, cheap and pretty. It was therefore so sad to find that plastic is ruining our environment.

Naturally, the only sane thing to do is to stop using plastic. But that is not easy. With its convenience, it has become a permanent feature : a bad habit that is very hard to break.

Replacing something is easier than giving it up. It is, therefore essential that we find alternatives to plastic, especialy single use plastic. Plastic bags have been replaced by the good old brown paper ones. Where stronger bags are required, bamboo fibre bags or reusable totes are being used.

Coming back to my “guilty” shopping today: I can justify my storage box because it can be used over and over again. Not so the bubble wrap. I usually save and re-use larger pieces. The smaller ones usually end up in the bin. I wish someone would come up with an eco-friendly alternative.

If you have any ideas, please share them in the Comments section below.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 14/19
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “blue.” Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!

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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

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8 thoughts on “Feeling blue about plastic #SoCS Sept. 14/19

  1. We do try to limit the use of plastic. But so far no alternative to bubble wrap. Unless you use layers and layers of tissue. But that’s bad too. Endangering the trees.

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  2. An excellent post Tanya,

    Plastic is not that bad, well it is and it isn’t – we are never not going to use plastic least not in our lifetimes, perhaps future generations. The worst plastic is of course as you say Single use only plastic’.. You might try degradable bubble wrap of course, the green version to the non green variety. I found this which may help you …

    https://sustainability.energy/eco-friendly-alternatives-bubble-wrap/

    I have been using these air peanuts recently 🙂

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  3. Wonderful post! I’ve been saving the plastic for one of my classmate’s granddaughters. Her school is collecting the plastic and creating benches to place around college campus. They’ve already collected five tons of plastic. Here’s hoping they consider doing that in other campuses as well!

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