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Plastic-Free Paradise?

Ealing Transition recently showed the award winning film ‘Plastic Paradise’ which showed the extraordinary levels of plastic pollution in our world, from the deepest & furthest-flung oceans to our own blood streams.
It seems as if there is a huge experiment going on with us humans (and other than human species) as the ‘guinea pigs’. It is reminiscent of smoking in the last century which was blindly promoted as the natural & essential thing to do, except that with plastics we don’t have any choice, it is everywhere in our environment from our food containers to till receipts.
Ealing Transition isn’t just about raising the alarm, we are also about empowering ourselves as individuals and a community to address problems. To this end, following the film showing, the audience met to explore ideas to reduce our exposure to plastics and address the pollution particularly of single use, so called ‘disposable’ plastics.
Here are our 10 of our suggestions for personal and community action.
1. Use a re-usable take-away coffee cup. Ecoffee cups available from Oxfam shops are made with bamboo fibre, are dishwasher safe, don’t leak & enables you to get a 25p discount from chain suppliers.
2. Use an aluminium water bottle & reduce the billions used & discarded daily. Oxfam again have these.
3. Always carry a folded cotton shopping bag to avoid all use of plastic carrier bags. (There has been an 85% decrease in their use since the 5 p charge was introduced)
4. Sign the petitions to introduce a returnable charge on plastic drinks bottles to encourage bottle return.
5. Wrap presents in cloth, making it part of the gift, which can be used & re-used as in Japan and avoid glitter, fun but appalling to the environment.
6. Avoid plastic based dental floss & use a silk based alternative.
7. Return your plastic film packaging to those supermarkets which have bag return boxes. Plastic wrapping comprises up to 80% of household waste & is rarely recycled. Collect yours and see how much you use.
8. Avoid ‘man-made’ fibre clothing. Much of the plastic pollution in our drinking water results from laundering artificial fibre (i.e. plastic) based clothing.
9. Challenge the use of plastic wrapping by businesses you use, your friends & family too.
10. Ask your MP to find out the extent and levels of risks arising from plastic pollution, and what government plans are to address & reduce them.

Good luck with helping reduce this pernicious problem.
http://www.ealingtransition.org.uk

 

Sunday 19th November 7.30pm. Film Showing: Plastic Paradise

Every single piece of plastic that has been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So, if it never goes away, where does it go?

In the early 21st century, rumours about an island of rubbish somewhere in the Pacific Ocean started to rise. TV host and filmmaker Angela Sun decided to investigate. Her journey takes her thousands of miles from human civilization. There, in what should be a remote tropical paradise, she discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Exposed to seawater and sunlight, tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fish and birds. A growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain that humans depend on. Angela’s journey is one that everyone living in a disposable society needs to see.

The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but donations to help us cover costs will be welcome. As usual refreshments will be provided after the film showing and there will be an opportunity to discuss the film and our response to it.

This event replaces the previously advertised birthday celebration, which we have postponed until next year