I was speaking with a friend this week and explaining how much I was affected by learning about landfill-decomposing times. I told her that I just couldn't believe that I had contributed to soft plastics, glass, metal going to landfill. I had done so in ignorance - I didn't know how much of an issue this was.
For example, I only just learnt that in Australia we only have landfills secured on average for the next 15 years. After this, garbage trucks will have to travel hundreds of kilometres out of the city to dispose of our waste. And in addition, landfill carbon emissions account for 3% of all of Australia's carbon emissions.
So we can make a sizeable difference by reducing what we send to landfill.
Between my recycling bin, my soft plastics recycling bin and my worm farm, not much goes to landfill. I must look up whether or not carbon emissions are released from worm farms.
Back to my friend. I was telling her my worries and she asked me the most brilliant question: "Oh ok, so what have you done then to change your behaviour?"
Action. Don't just talk about it. Do action.
And I am doing action. The soft-plastics recycling bin (i.e. a plastic bags of plastic bags, bread bags and other soft plastics that I drop off at the supermarket where they turn them into seats for parks and sea-side walkways) is new. I have also been seriously looking into buying bulk. A friend of mine has a flour maker (i.e. a machine that crushes up wheat and spits out flour). And I've also been thinking about making my own bread, tomato sauce, that kind of thing. I haven't decided which are worth the time and effort from my view yet, I suppose future Eleanor will figure that out.
I have an action request from you: if you read these emails/ blogs but haven't download the app, or don't use the app - can I ask a question? Why? What is it that keeps you from using the app? Feedback from you is the most important of all. So you're only helping by telling.
p.s. In other news, we applied for the Banksia Sustainability Awards today. I spent the last week writing the 2,000 word report. Up until last night, it was 3,000 words.