This December, I read an article about a group of researchers working at Playa Ostional in Costa Rica. Whilst they were carrying out their research, they were approached by a local who told them of an injured Olive Ridley turtle. She was found with a plastic fork stuck up her nose, clearly distressed and in pain.
The group was able to remove the utensil with a Swiss army knife and the turtle was returned to the ocean apparently without severe injury. However this isn’t the first time this has happened. The same team had previously discovered another turtle with plastic trapped in their nostrils- this time a plastic straw.
Christmas- it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I get to see my family, all of the Christmas lights are turned on and the silly decorations are out, and I eat way too much food… We overindulge, in all aspects…
And one of these aspects also includes our rubbish production. Over Christmas holidays, so much waste is produced from wrapping paper, festive food and drink packaging, excessive shopping bags and eating out at Christmas markets, as well as many other things. This is awful and unnecessary, as there are many ways to keep your waste level down over the festive period. Here are a few rules that I shall be following this December, but can also be used all year round!
I decided to start my plastic-free lifestyle when I moved to Germany this October. This was a big step in my career and I felt it was also time to make that big change in my lifestyle. Turns out, this was actually a very useful point in my life to do this, because nothing makes you divide your values for material objects like packing your life into two suitcases!
Doing this really made me think about what was important to me. Part of being plastic-free is learning to declutter, and reduce your desire for objects that, most of the time, we do not need in our lives. And so I took this as an opportunity not only to pack but to clear out my old stuff. I threw out years of hoarded rubbish, gave away clothes and shoes that were too small, and in general decluttered my home as much as possible. Needless to say, most of my valued possessions had very little plastic on them!