Plastic Free July - Week 4 - Kids

Reducing Plastic in our Kids Lives

WOW, it's amazing when we think of how much plastic can be in our kids lives - and I'm not even a parent. I'm sure there's so much I'll be overlooking...

Drinks: from fizzy drinks to fruit shoots or even small bottles of water.
Food: cheese strings, baby-bell, pre-prepared packs of fruit, crisps, sweeties, yoghurt, ice cream...
Special meal packs: toys in the kiddie meal packs or plastic toys in cereal boxes...
Clothes: fleece is great for quick washing, but leaches plastic into the water
Toys: are there any toys not made of plastic now adays?
Back to School: pencil cases, school bags, lunch boxes, folders
Comics: mostly wrapped in plastic these days, with free plastic toys...

I'm sure a quick look around the house will find that most of us simply buy things without thinking. They're convenient, cheap, keep the kids occupied...

And here's another thought... are we actually doing the right thing with eco-bricks (putting lots of plastic inside a bottle and then building things with that)? What happens when it deteriorates? Is it just putting the problem off til later? Is it "allowing" us to keep buying plastic stuff...? It's such a difficult thought...

Before Covid, we did have our crisp packet collections around various places and in schools. But should we have been promoting simply eating less? Should crisps be a treat rather than part of our daily calorie intake? On our Plastic Free July, Week 1, Kitchen, I pledged to give up crisps - I was ashamed at the number of crisp packs I'd collected. I've switched over to savoury biscuits and other tasty foods. Still plastic involved, but much less and .. well the next step would be to bake my own...

There are loads of resources on line to help us ditch plastic and a really interesting book, above - 50 ways to ditch plastic. Anyone got this? I'd love to borrow it...


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