This was the news story I woke up to this morning. Forget Brexit, or Interpol being annexed by the Russians. We have reached ‘peak’ advent calendar. No longer is a simple countdown to Christmas enough: it isn’t worthwhile if you can’t shove some commercialism into the equation. If you read the article that prompted this, you’ll even see there’s a protein bar advent for those of you who want something healthy to eat every day up until Christmas.
Okay, that’s quite enough of that.
If you look at that Boots calendar, the amount of single use plastic involved is frankly staggering. I don’t want to be the Christmas Grinch here, but where do you think all that stuff goes when you’ve used it? Into the bellies of whales, for starters. All this consumerism has consequence, far more so than at any point in our past. The clamour to be part of a trend, to participate in purchase, isn’t being given up, and it needs to be.
In the interest of transparency yes, we have advent calendars in this house. None of them involve plastics. All are chocolate-based. I will be doing my utmost not to contribute to the single-use issue from this point forward, but it is incredibly hard. Supermarkets are beginning the fight, but cosmetic companies need to step up. ANYONE with single use plastic in their homes can start looking at why they are there, then attempting to remove their dependency.
Yes, it’s hard, but everybody can indeed decide whether to save the Planet or not.
Start simple: ditch the bottled water, carry a reusable. Buy loose veg. Make sure your plastics can be recycled, if they can’t consider changing brands. Make a greater effort to recycle at home. There are countless ways, and no longer can you ignore the issues. Well, you could, but we are already seeing the consequences.
Christmas would be a great time to start thinking.