Waste-free challenge, day 3: Plastic-coated plastic

Day three of my waste-free week challenge and I realise that it takes quite an effort to minimise my own waste in this disposable world.

Refusing single-use packaging and products takes a consciousness that I wouldn’t normally have. I normally run on auto like everyone else.

Consequently I had some epic fails that happened while I was on auto-pilot in a hotel room.

Fail: tetrapak milk
Fail: single serving of coffee in foil wrap
Fail: small soap in plastic packaging

Tetra pak of milk
Blimmin’ tetra pak

Obviously I need to be doing more forward planning.

And my last fail yesterday was the $40 parking ticket. It’s made of some kind of plastic-coated plastic. So I get punished for my bad parking twice!

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Green Party MP

6 Comments Posted

  1. I rang the Nelson City Council re those damn plastic coated pay & display parking tickets & asked why they can’t use biodegradable paper which I’m sure must be cheaper to produce. Their explanation was condensation in the machines stuffs up the paper. How pathetic – they never used to – bad design perhaps! but the plastic tickets are recyclable – they have the logo #4 on the back. Now you just have to find a #4 container to shove them into! Otherwise they’ll blow out of the rubbish trucks & into our gutters & waterways. Maybe collectively we can persuade local councils to change their machines. EVERYBODY COMPLAIN IF WE WANT TO SEE CHANGE!

  2. Heard about a ticket-free parking system on the radio the other day, Frogparking, article in Stuff [link].

    “If you don’t have a smartphone, we don’t want you to park in the carpark.”

  3. Yesterday I picked up a whole tangled up fishing net, weighing at least 10 kilos (lead weights and all) along the Mokihinui Estuary, which I dragged out and placed on the inside of the ocean wall. I am so sick of picking up other’s inorganic rubbish on beaches. there is only one place for the ubiquitous inorganic rubbish generated by our society and that is in a lined dump. The best we can do is buy organic (including packaging) whenever possible.

  4. Those parking tickets and the paid parking vouchers you display on your dashboard are not a good direction for tickets to go in – a lot of council rubbish picked up is those!

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