Life · Stop Plastic

Actually Not Hard

No Plastic here!

When you hear somebody say “Hey, lets ban plastic.” you might think yeah good idea but it’s so hard. Right? No! Actually it is not hard at all, we just need to do the first step and adjust our habits. There is a good example that it can be done, not in a week, but we can get there. I think it was last year when our government here in Germany banned plastic straws and plastic bags. Amazing right, a government does something really useful for ones. However, we had nothing else than plastic straws for decades, there was never an alternative for them. By banning them you would think there wouldn’t be any straws anymore, right? Well no, it was a bit like magik, boom suddenly there were straws made from good materials all over the place. Suddenly they offer straws from metal, paper and a special kind of glass and porcelain. Now, everybody knew that these plastic straws are very very harmful in so many way but they kept making them despite the fact that they can be made easily from nature friendly materials until the government stops them by law. WTF!!! I bet on my first coffee in the morning that they could replace all plastic items if they just wanted. The problem is, we keep buying that stuff and our government lets them do it.

No Plastic here!

So, what can we do? At some point I started to replace all plastic items with items made from sustainable, nature friendly/neutral materials. It is a step by step process and at first it might seem very expensive but on the long run it will pay off for the planet and your bank account. The Bento Box made from metal will last much longer than the ones that are made from plastic. I store everything in glass or metal container and I love it because you can actually can get those sterile (try that with a plastic container). I switched my plastic stitch markers for some made from metal. Or you could use different things like bobby pins (metal) or small safety pins (metal too). You can get all kitchen tools made from sustainable materials too. If you are like me and don’t like to eat stuff like ice cream, yoghurt or pudding with a metal tea spoon, there are tea spoons made from porcelain. And the coaster you see there is made from slate.

Made from Corn Starch, not plastic

I’m sure you spotted that small roll of “plastic” bags there on the picture. Doesn’t belong there you say? Well it may look like plastic but it isn’t plastic. These poop bags are made from corn starch. No plastic at all. The entire bag is biodegradable. Why they don’t use that material for other things like garbage bags? I dunno. My wild guess would be maximum profit. =p The thing is, when we stop to buy the plastic garbage, they will stop to produce it. We can not wait till our governments wake up and do the right thing. We have to do the first step, get creative and ban plastic from our homes. The rest will follow.

Life · Stop Plastic

Just Don’t

Plastic madness even in the veggie department.

Today, instead of the usual photo, I need to get something off my chest. Those who come here often that I hate plastic in every form and shape. I avoid it whenever I can. Plastic was invented in 1907 by a guy named Leo Hendrik Baekeland. I’m sure he just wanted to invent something useful and he had no idea that it would come back around and bite us all in our back parts. Plastic is very cheap to make, that is why all the companies use it whenever they can even when it is not needed. Yes, it might be very convenient to put mushrooms in a plastic box and wrap it in even more plastic but it is, pardon my french, fucking nonsense. There is no need for that. Same for the chillies, peppers, salads and all other veggies and fruit. I don’t buy plastic wrapped stuff, instead I go for loose wares or stuff that is stored in paper boxes. Then there are all the drinks that come in plastic bottles. Those are the worst! In the past they all used glass bottles. Yes, they where quite heavy and they where expensive to maintain (for the company) but they didn’t do harm to our planet. The plastic bottles they use nowadays are dirt cheap and they don’t have to deal with the empty bottles anymore, no, those float around in our oceans or form mountains somewhere. All just for maximum profit for Coke & Co.

It’s not only the packaging that causes the problems, no there is much more. Since plastic is so cheap to make they produce everything from plastic. Yes, that plastic lunchbox looks sooo cute and all, but it will not last long and it will damage our environment because it’s not only the one box you just bought, it’s million of those boxes and the all will break after 3 month and they all will land in the garbage. Plastic does not rot, it will not go away. It might get very very tiny over a long time but even then it will not go away. I’m sure you heard of micro plastic by now. Did you know, they found micro plastic in human bloodstreams? Can you imagine what that does to your body? Or to the bodies of your kids and grand kids? To the wild life?

And then there are these smarty pants who say we “recycle” plastic. You can recycle glass and paper, but you can not recycles plastic. Remember those dimwits in Kuwait who announced that they had turned plastic into t-shirts. Ya, nice try, it’s still plastic. You can not change the form and say it’s something different, shit stays shit, regardless in what form or shape, and honestly, would you want to wear plastic?

So what can we do? Well, I try to avoid plastic as much as I can. I do not buy veggies or fruit that is wrapped in plastic. I don’t buy drinks in plastic bottles. For house hold items you can find everything made from natural materials. From stitch markers (I have metal stitch markers), over metal lunch boxes, glass bowls, glass containers, containers made from bamboo. You can replace every plastic item with a much better, non harmful, natural material items. The positive side effect is that those items usually last soooo much longer then the plastic garbage.

Fotos · Life

Civil Courage

“Civil courage is a type of courage, related closely to heroism, in which a person acts bravely to intervene or take a stand in a social situation. Civil courage is defined as: Courage shown by a person by representing human and democratic values in public.” ~ Wikipedia
Knitting · Life

Mopping Up!

Magic Sox

This is the last piece of 2021. I started this pair on Dec. 2nd and finished it today. Now I’m officially done with 2021. Everything finished up, no more lose ends.

2022 on the other hand just started and feels kinda odd. Dunno, kinda like the calm before the storm. I lack energy, the dog doesn’t want to go for walkies, there are no shiny photo motives, nothing fun going on. I kinda expect that the universe gonna drop a bomb sometime soon. Don’t get me wrong now, I don’t think it will be something bad, we had enough of that and you know that one rule even the most stubborn universe has to follow: everything has an end. So bad stuff out and good stuff in. More things to learn and discover, more good food, more colorful soft yarn for even more sox, much more walkies and lots of pawtastic photos. Oh and more coffee and sugar free candies. This year will be a smooth ride for all of us, I mean just look at that number . . . 2022 . . . ya, 2222 would look even cooler but we have to reincarnate about 2 times for that. =p

Okies, enough chatter for now. Back to knitting, started a new pair of sox already just to keep the flow up. Have a pawesome day everybody, stay healthy, happy and safe.