we're producing less than 100gms of rubbish per week now - all of that is non recyclable plastic or mixed materials such as crisp packets.
We use containers in the deli and butcher, use reusable shopping bags, I HAVE left wrapping in the store, but I don't always feel courageous enough for this! I make cleaning products and toiletries where possible and buy plastic-free packaging where I can.
I'm sure that if I lived alone I could get it down further; but as any parent will testify, you have to compromise on not making your kids the freaky one in the community by refusing all 21st century delights. Plus we all have our vices; i prefer shop bought yogurt to my home made and hubby likes the occasional convenience curry in a plastic tray.
We're quite excited that our butcher was very attentive to our concerns the other week and will look into bringing back paper instead of sheets of plastic film.
It got me to thinking about modbury and whether i have the energy to start such a campaign in my local village.
I keep writing to manufacturers asking them what they pack things in and offering alternative suggestions and I continue to spread the word on my blog so that others can reduce their plastic waste.
I saw a programme the other night about supermarkets in Germany - you buy your stuff and you unwrap it all in the store where you'll find a whole host of receptacles for recycling. It looked brilliant and because the retailers have to deal with all the 'waste' they are more thoughtful about how they package things.
not rocket science it is, but it takes a Govt will balls to get the idea to run smoothly...
I fear for us Brits, incinerators may be the only way