Purchasing and waste

The emphasis needs to be on REDUCING what we use. Using less, using what we have more effectively and efficiently. Wasting less, saving, re-using or re-cycling more. This requires a change of heart. Now that we have collection of recyclable waste in Bristol (something we tried to pioneer in a little Yorkshire village in the 1970's with support from Huddersfield Wastesaver) I'm amazed and horrified by how much packaging we have left. The compost goes down the allotment and we have very little food waste (could start a wormery). China have just banned plastic bags at a stroke.

If we can cut down on every aspect of our consumption, grow or make your own, buy local and Fairtrade goods, repair what you have, buy second hand, look for local solutions, low tech alternatives or very efficient higher tech solutions, swap or give away what you don't want/use anymore then we might make a difference. It is interesting how quickly people's habits can change especially if there is a feel good factor involved. We want to live better, fuller, healthier lives, don't we? Slower perhaps. I was always amused by the grafitti "fast food makes you sick quick".

Our parents and particularly our grand-parents did not eat meat every day and often only small quantities. Wasted food was considered sinful in many households! Cutting down on our meat consumption would have a profound effect on CO2 emissions and methane emissions from the animals we eat. The arable land that produces their food could produce our food directly. The forests that are cleared for grazing might be left standing...

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