An article that I wrote

Greener shopping choices

I try to shop as green as I can,

Take your own shopping bags I include little cloth bags for loose fruit. I know at the moment that might not be as appealing. You do what you can and feel comfortable with.

When buying fruit and vegetables, shop local and shop seasonally Our own vegetables and fruit are a lot fresher and taster, try a blind taste test, is something fun to do while on lockdown. I’m also vegetarian, which is much cheaper than buying meat. If you cut back your meat consumption it’s always a start. You can replace meat with lentils or soya, you will find that you use herbs and seasoning a lot more. I don’t miss meat I have had about 3 bacon rolls in the last year and a half. It’s important to do what you feel comfortable with.

Do what you feel ok with.

Clothes are my thing, buy from charity shops or eBay so giving new life to clothes gives be me a buzz. Saving money and finding a bargain gives me a huge kick!

I also treat myself to shoes and where I can I recycle shoes or mend them.

It’s also important not to feel deprived with any life change.

Which will be published in Time a magazine for sustainablity

Carbon college

We did our introductions.

Then we had a discussion about

  • What are we sure about
  • We where certain that it’s happening
  • We are certain something needs to be done
  • That being part of a collective is a good thing
  • It’s depressing
  • We are certain that the government is not doing enough
  • It will be poorer countries that will suffer more
  • Wether individual actions make a difference
  • Or wether one action can make a difference
  • For example turning of one light is going to save the planet
  • one thing you’re not sure about
  • how long we’ve got

Here’s the reply from councillor Steve Burgess Hi Caroline, Here’s an explanation about LDPE materials. Regards Steve —————– Steve Burgess Green Cllr Southside-Newington Ward Dear Councillor Burgess. I refer to the email trail below, and can advise that the waste management industry is typically reluctant to accept plastic bags as part of kerbside and household recycling due to the issues of the plastic causing equipment failures (it wraps round the sorting equipment) and causes contamination of other streams. Similarly the plastics industry prefers to collect it through the collection network operated by the major retailers which is cheaper and offers them better quality. Most large supermarkets operate banks for LDPE bags, wrappers, etc. These are now often labelled as “check locally” or “not at kerbside” using the industry wide On Pack Labelling Scheme, as in the example below. We have no plans to add this material to our own recycling services at present. I hope this helps. Yours sincerely Angus

What I did yesterday

me and some of south east edinburgh greens

On the stall at edinburgh city council first climate change festival

This could be a climate catastrophe so what do edinburgh city council do they turn it into a festival!

Or I could just try and eat Cameron Rose a well known climate change denier

And here’s the reply

We have committed to eliminating all single-use-plastic from Co-op branded packaging by 2023, and making the rest of our packaging ‘easy to recycle’. Read more ➡️ ^Yasmin

Which I thought was fair