“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

Updated: Jan 16, 2019

Dealing with single-use-plastics is now high on the agenda. We’ve all seen the devastating effects of so much plastic waste in the oceans, in the atmosphere, in landfill… And the fact that we ‘outsource’ our waste to the other side of the world for them to deal with, is obscene. But, where to start…?

Edmund Burke said – “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” So, hopefully to give encouragement, here’s a brief look at my journey so far…


A simple New Year’s resolution – to minimise plastic packaging and goods coming through the door...


Plastic has been an amazing invention… the modern world wouldn’t turn without it… so maybe needs to be treated more like a precious commodity and only used when really necessary. Trouble is, so many different types make it complex… look at the number in the middle of the little triangle on plastic products. I’ve started researching which ones are recyclable and which are not.

Reality check

I’m not having to feed five ravenous kids any more and only work part-time, so have more time to think about these things.

My advice is, don’t try and go cold turkey. To cut out single-use plastics totally in one fell swoop is impossible and overwhelming. Better to change one habit at a time -once you’ve established one, move on to the next.

I’ve been working on this for a while… I’ve had an eco-coffee cup for about two years, never buy bottled water, always take my own bags to the shops, use loose leaf tea (there’s plastic in most tea-bags). So now I’m ready to move on…