Plastic bags are an ecological problem. They are easy to get and most households usually have a number on hand. Some are used once, some are reused. They remain in landfill for a very long time and the current consensus is that biodegradable versions are not a good alternative. Plenty of towns around the world have adopted total plastic bag bans and many have banned other single use products that cause environmental damage such as straws, coffee pods and takeaway coffee cups. Bans are either mandated by government or voluntary and implemented by the community themselves. Changes like these translate into a customer service issue for businesses. It is important that customers feel they have the choice. It should be implemented in such a way that a business is simply offering alternatives to plastic carry bags. A ‘plastic bag ban’ is quite confronting for some people as they feel they deserve such conveniences and oppose the idea of this liberty being removed. I believe the key to successful implementation is in responsive and progressive businesses. Consumers are often happy to make a positive change if they understand the impacts, are shown alternatives, and it is easy for them to do. […]
Rags. Rags? Yes rags. This is the conversation I had with the sewage treatment plant recently when I asked them what caused the biggest issue with blockages at the plants. I was continuing my research into ‘flushable’ products. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Why would people be flushing rags? My local water treatment plant run by Queensland Urban Utilities invited me for a private tour of a facility so I could see for myself. Turns out they weren’t rags… The workers refer to them as rags (or rag balls if there is a collection of them). They are not rags in the traditional sense, they are actually a number of different rag-like items including baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, wet wipes, cloth nappy liners, sanitary pads etc. Some of these things are labeled and indeed marketed as flushable. Why? So consumers feel better about using them. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Just because something CAN be flushed does not mean it should be flushed. After talking to the staff at the sewage treatment plant, it turns out LOTS of inappropriate items make their way to the plant. I guess the other thing to […]
You can reduce the amount of oil or fat you cook with, but if you are not prepared to do that then you should be disposing of it thoughtfully. You can consider reusing or repurposing the fat. Some people make bird feeders from the fat. Check with your local council for their preferred disposal method. If disposing of the fat through your general waste system you can follow this method: Let the fat cool so you are not handling hot liquid. Scrap the fat into a jar. Wipe the cooking tray with a paper towel and scrap further if needed. Add the paper to the scrapings in the jar. Add to rubbish. Wash the tray. Keeping a separate brush for oily or greasy items means your regular brush will last longer and water will not be oily when you go to use the regular brush.