the enemy isn't plastic (or any other one thing)

I think how we eat is indeed related to most other aspects of our lives. At least for me. When I care about my mind and body, I do the same for the food I eat, my loved ones, my home and this planet. Once in a while there are even the unavoidable overlaps. For example, when I eat more plants, I usually consume less plastic, and other packaging-material. When I prepare bigger portions of food at home, I avoid buying the quickest ready-made food I find in the store when I'm hungry, and usually decrease the packaging waste. Cooking together with my loved ones creates a relaxed atmosphere, where it's okay to just be, and feel what you feel at that moment and not having to make too big of an effort.

Trying to generally be kinder to ourselves and our environment is extremely profitable and creates multiple a positive feedback loops, whilst the opposite stronger vicious cycles. This can not only be seen in our gut microbiota(good food feeding god bacteria, making us want to eat more good food), but also when trying to make shortcuts when stressing about all that should be done, sleeping too little and going to the supermarket to buy the quickest crap wrapped in a ton of some plastic-aluminum-carton mixture that's not even possible to recycle. Devouring shitty food with a stressed body, won't help your sleep or efficiency, at least when we're talking about a bit longer than a few days. It creates more stress, tiredness and cravings for more innutritious food with a high ratio of packaging per amount of food(= less output/available time). And in this state of mind, are you actually the friend/partner/x you really want to be?

This is of course not the whole picture, but what climate change proves, is that we humans truly are leading lives that are unsustainable for the planet, and our behaviour patterns affected by this need for more and faster are one of the core reasons. Technological advancements have of course made a huge difference, optimising all aspects of the production process - all from the sourcing of raw-material, to reusing and recycling. But one aspect, that isn't exciting for everyone, is that we - the consumers - also need to rethink our lives. And switching plastic to glass or cardboard is not the solution. It's about the bigger picture.

Plastic is really not the enemy. Yes pieces of plastic thrown in waters, killing seals... It's horrible and drinking and breathing microplastics when we think we drink water and breathe "pure" air is not that exciting either. But the worst villain is not necessarily plastic. Or at least it's not that simple. Plastic is not only a light and durable material cheap to produce... I think this Finnish article is really good, where two experts discuss plastic in a constructive way, going quite into detail. But here, a summary of the pros and cons presented in the text.

  • Production: small environmental impact, being ("only") a byproduct in the oil refining process
  • carbon footprint smaller than from paper and carton
  • Prolongs food durability (and safety)
  • Proper material recycling prevents trashing our seas
  • (Ordinary plastic better than bioplastics)
  • Plastic decomposition leads to even smaller pieces - finally microplastics, that practically never disappear
  • --> in water they attract environmental toxins that cumulate in the food chain
  • thousands of sea animals and birds every year from plastic waste
  • Bioplastics are not the solution. 
    • require a lot of energy to produce
    • production can cause many different negative env. impacts, such as eutrophiciation
    • the refining process releases carbon 
    • production "steals" the cultivation area for food production
    • bioplastics also become microplastics at some point...
    • the decomposition process of biodegradable plastic is difficult to fully control
      • implicates health (and obvious environmental) risk(s)
    • weak as a material, hence low material efficiency

Btw. Traffic and textiles are other significant sources of microplastics. Car wheels, road surfaces, and boat paint spread 1/3 of the microplastics in the seas!

So blaming one material can't be the solution when the problem is Earth being destroyed. It's probably more effective to buy less, buy smarter, reuse, etc. To be creative.


But avoiding plastic amongst other extra packaging material can't hurt. That's why todays recipe is indeed quick and good, in every way. Go to Lidl and buy seasonal fruits. No weighing scale stickers and as a plus: cheap.


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