Anyone watching the legend himself on the National television awards could not help but agree with me that his heartfelt plea for less plastic in the ocean might just finally be listened to, it was backed up by some of the most stunning film imagery we have ever witnessed in the form of blue planet.
The thought that struck me was this , how on earth can it be possible in today’s climate of technological advancement that we are still using a substance that was invented 6 decades ago ?
Why haven’t we come up with something better that nature can deal with easily, why don’t we simply ban plastic bags ?
I decided to do some research and find out what I could about alternatives and lo and behold I found some incredibly wonderful people doing some brilliant stuff to solve this exact problem, I found some geniuses in Holland making a plastics alternative out of seaweed that looks and feels just like plastic and does the same job but totally biodegrades in the environment.
I even found a wonderful designer who makes chairs and seats out of recycled cooking oil and fallen leaves, which when it’s worn out can simply be composted and spread on the ground to feed the next generation of tree who’s leaves can in turn be made back into a seat, unbelievable, wonderful and so clever.
The end of my digging into the plastic nightmare made me come to a couple of conclusions, which are as follows, big industry does not even have to use plastic as there are real and totally viable alternatives if only they would make the effort to use them, humans are wonderful, innovative and clever at finding solutions.
I feel so much more confident that we are on the cusp of removing the desperate problem of plastic and can’t wait to welcome some of these new and wonderful alternative to plastics into my life.