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Given up take-away coffee and plastic?

I have given up take-away coffee since I realised that the cups can’t be recycled, and now that we have such a plastics problem, am trying to cut down.

Like most people I did not realise that take-away cups contained plastic and am really annoyed that nothing has been done by government or the big corporates. The government because they have the power to stop us destroying the planet, yet seem to react far to late. And corporates because they should find an alternative, or be more responsible.

Do the corporates know what they are doing and blame the lack of government legislation for not changing?

It seems that celebrities like Jamie Oliver and David Attenborough have to change public opinion, and voters beliefs, before any government is brave enough to act. Pathetic!

I am amazed how long the UK takes to make environmental changes when other countries around the world have successfully adopted the same change years before. Did you know that Denmark put a tax on plastic bags 12 years before the UK! Why can’t our government simply copy best practice? Quicker!

So, government; please put a tax, or ban, on take-away cups with plastic as soon as possible.
Corporates; offer customers cups that can be recycled, or re-usable cups and a washing service, or a premium price to use a ‘bad’ cup and discounted price for re-usable cup.
People; please buy a reusable cup if you want a take-away.

No packaging

And other plastics? Wow, nearly everything has plastic. Milk cartons, packaging, ketchup cartons, etc. Time to go back to bottles and unpackaged food?

Like the above we must all do our bit. But make it known that we are sick of government and corporates waiting for each other, or consumer attitude, to make change.

Our advice is change, and use BigBarn to avoid the big corporates. And use our Local Food Map to buy local food with no packaging. Not all of it will be perfect but small retailers and producers want to win you as a regular customer, so will react to your constructive criticism. Let’s make this country a better place, quickly.

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