A friend of mine reminded me this week that, actually, it is more important for the environment to focus our efforts on reducing waste than just on avoiding plastic. He is right. The real issue is waste reduction.
A few years ago, I watched the wonderful film by Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer, the Clean Bin Project, a really fun documentary about a couple's challenge to live waste free for a year, in competition with one another. This coincided with my Lenten challenge to try and reduce my waste. I had also come across The Rubbish Diet - The Slimming Club for Bins, which is worth a look.
One of the things I realised early on we needed to do, was to compost more. So much of what goes into our bins is actually compostable, and recently we had our first 'emptying' of beautiful earth from the bottom of our composter just in time to spread over my son's veggie patch. He was delighted!
I was slightly concerned about rats invading warm compost bins, but was advised that if you do not put out any meat or cereal scraps, you should avoid vermin. But egg shells, tea and coffee grounds, all fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings can be composted, along with leaves and grass clippings, sawdust, hair, dust, newspaper, cardboard. You need to add a mix of 'greens' and 'browns' which isn't difficult to do, and what could be more natural than returning the goodness of this waste to the earth? Give it a try.