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28 October, Laudato Si’ XVIII: The Story of Plastic: a review by Natasha Viegas.


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We are sharing a column from Saint Thomas’ Canterbury Newsletter by their environment correspondent, Natasha Viegas.

We are at a point in time where we have to start making efforts to reduce the number of plastics we use. The plastic problem is so bad right now, that global warming is getting exponentially worse.Like with every problem we face in life, it is very important to look at the beginning, so that we can reflect upon our mistakes and take important steps towards a better future. 

The Story of Plastic is an excellent documentary that outlines the entire process of plastic production, plastic consumption, and plastic recycling. You can use the link provided, or watch it on the Discovery Channel.This documentary is very informative on every problem that arises from plastics, as well as providing suggestions on how we can reduce usage and help the environment. We need to start now to safeguard our futures and protect this beautiful home that God created for us.

Natasha Viegas

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Last two tips, Happy Easter from Eco-church.

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Bin liners are a constant plastic we use in our everyday lives, however if we all transitioned to plastic-free or compostable ones we would greatly reduce its impact on nature. 

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Number 40! Changing your dietary lifestyle can make a huge impact on how much plastic you use. Nut milks mostly come in recyclable cartons and you can purchase your beans and nuts loose from places like unboxed! 

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

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Two More Tips.

Daily Eco Tip 38

Just because you lost that hair tie doesn’t mean it is gone, it will likely end up in the ocean or a landfill where it would take hundreds of years to break down. Try switching to 100% cotton alternatives to show your support for the environmen

Daily Eco Tip 37

You can keep your foods fresh with plastic-free covers. There are a wide array of beautiful and stunning designs of cotton/linen covers for all shapes and sizes.

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Daily Eco Tip XXXVI

Daily Eco Tip 36

Using reusable pads can make a big dent in reducing your overall plastic usage. Just throw them in the wash to clean them et voila.

https://www.peacewiththewild.co.uk/product-category/bathroom/feminine-hygiene/

https://www.bloomandnora.com/pages/reusable-sanitary-pads

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Eco tips catch-up time: XXXIV, XXXV.

Daily Eco Tip 35

Socks can contain lots of plastic microfibers that shed and can end up in the oceans. There is a growing range of socks that contain no plastics, so why not try out a pair or gift it to someone today?

https://thegreenshopper.co.uk/2020/12/04/plastic-free-socks/

https://moralfibres.co.uk/affordable-and-ethical-tights-and-socks/

Daily Eco Tip 34

If you find yourself constantly buying new plastic Tupperware, instead try to purchase stainless steel or glass. They don’t stain and are a lot better for the environment as they last a lot longer.

https://www.friendlyturtle.com/food-storage/

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DAILY ECO TIP XXXIII: Bamboo bonanza

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Daily Eco Tip 33

You can go through a lot of wipes cleaning up after your child and those wipes take almost 100 years to decompose. Bamboo alternatives are just as soft and are reusable.

https://www.cheekywipes.com/wipes-for-bums-hands-faces/bamboo-washable-baby-wipes.html

https://www.thenappylady.co.uk/washable-wipes.html

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DAILY ECO TIP XXXII: Darling plastic free buds

Daily Eco Tip 32

The compost heap is going to be doing well from all this substitute plastic that it will be feeding on!

Bamboo cotton buds feel just like their plastic counterpart but they do the environment a huge favour as they can biodegrade. Same goes with bamboo floss; just as effective but reduces your plastic footprint.

https://www.friendlyturtle.com/eco-friendly-cotton-buds/

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Eco tips XXX and XXXI: how many Kilometres is that?

Daily Eco Tip 31

Stylish yet useful – glass jars are the perfect solution to storing all your loose foods, like nuts, beans and more. The Unboxed shop offers a wide variety of loose foods and jars if you forget to bring one.

Daily Eco Tip 30

Did you know that in the UK consumers go through 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year? Try reusing torn paper from last Christmas to create artsy packing for your presents. Or use different materials like tissue or plastic-free wrapping paper instead.

https://www.theplasticfreeshop.co.uk/wrapping

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Eco Tips XXVIII and XXIX: reduce, reuse, enjoy!

Daily Eco Tip 29

If you do get a takeaway when ordering, specify that you don’t need plastic cutlery. Also, if you are on-the-go, bring along a set of bamboo cutlery – more lightweight and easier to carry than metal ones.

Daily Eco Tip 28

Did you know your local charity shop might be online? You can show support while grabbing a bargain through purchasing online during the pandemic.

https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk

https://shop.sueryder.org

https://shop.cancerresearchuk.org

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Eco tips XXVI, XXVII: grow your own!

Apologies that tip 26 went unpublished yesterday; I was unable to download it then, but it came quietly this evening. I was looking at herb seeds just yesterday, but ran out of time to sow them.

Daily Eco Tip 27

Grow your own little garden on your window sill with some herb seeds. They are easy to manage and when the time is right you can pluck them fresh and throw them into your meals. 

Daily Eco Tip 26

Hair products as well as face ones are now available in bars. Rubbing the bar produces the same result as their liquid counterpart and can sometimes even last longer.

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