Day 13 – Saturday 28th March
A short blog today because I’m having a rest and really can’t be bothered to write much. I have a question for you all. Have you ever analysed how much rubbish you create? No! Me neither, until now that is. Under normal circumstances I have very little rubbish at home. I’m more often out than in, I rarely cook for myself and I travel a lot. Not a great deal of opportunity for building up rubbish pile. Now of course I’m home 24 hours a day and making all my meals at home. Rubbish is piling up.
The reason I’m so focused on rubbish is because taking it out is the highlight of the week, so you watch it pile up with enthusiasm. That is until I realised that it is almost all plastic. I cannot believe just how much plastic waste one person can create. Every week I have a full bag to take down stairs. Glass and paper waste will probably be at least a month before it needs emptying. Food waste I also empty each week, but this is so it doesn’t stink the house out not because there is much of it. As for non recyclable waste that barely exists, which would be a good thing if it weren’t for all the plastic.
You’d have to be half dead not to be aware that plastic waste is bad for the planet. Prior to our current crisis it was all over the news and social media. Now I believe the quarantine has had some beneficial effects for our planet particularly for air quality, but if my waste is anything to go by that plastic mountain is going to get bigger not smaller. Once we’re out of quarantine and I am free to shop where I like, I’m going to have to give this some thought.
On another note I’ve also noticed that I use an average of 1.5 toilet rolls a week. Something else I was totally unaware of before. You live and learn.