From my adventures trying to be plastic free I start thinking about what that means. Which plastics are "worst"? What make "good" alternatives? Liquids can be bought in glass bottles but glass is heavier to transport. Biodegradable plastics need to be buried, so they are better only if they are disposed of properly. You can go round and round trying to figure out what is best route.
My intention was to investigate some of these questions and then report back. The subject is huge of course, and many people have done far more research on this than me, so I decided it would be far better to share some of my favorite plastic-centric articles instead.
Mike Biddle "mines" landfill sites for plastics.
Plastics have great strengths, if we start valuing the material like we do glass, wood and stone:
Plastic packaging can extend the shelf life of food, and thus reduce waste. (Although that idea in itself weirds me out quite a lot)
Those biodegradable plastics may be worse than the real thing
This was a great little article in Time Out London last week about what happens to your recycling once it gets collected
#Plasticfreealice ended in January, but I've tried to take the changes I made with me. I'm now getting a weekly vegetable box, which is the bulk of my food shop, and reduces my waste a lot, plastic and otherwise. I've kept up buying as much as possible local and plastic free. I'm an awful long way from #plasticfree, but it's a whole lot better than 2014.