There is no evidence that supermarkets are reducing plastic output (as they claim). It seems that this will only happen when their customers show them their profit lies in plastic free
Alternative options include -
1. The local milkman, Mr. Bull sells Cotteswold milk in glass bottles and does door step delivery in Ludlow 5 days a week (Tel. 01584 876625)
2. Teme Valley Dairy also sell milk in glass bottles and do door step deliveries in Ludlow 3 days weekly (Tel. 01584 811857)
3. Health Food Shop, Myriad on Corve Street sell milk in glass bottles which you can buy and return as needed.
4. Broad Bean on Broad Street and Fruit Basket on Church Street now have milk dispensers and sell glass bottles for you to serve yourself!
If you do shop in supermarkets, try to buy the fruit and vegetables not wrapped in plastic. If you simply must buy something wrapped in plastic, remove the plastic at the checkout. No questions are asked, the sky dose not fall in, but it sends the message that we don’t want this stuff. Better still shop up in the town where you have shops that are trying to go plastic free. This is slow but going in the right direction. Public protest is making a difference - you CAN help!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We manufacture 5,000,000 tons of plastic-every year. Half of that we only use once - sometimes only for a few seconds. The result is plastic waste now covering our planet like a disease.
1. First you must know that Biodegradable plastic is not the way forward. It only breaks down into tiny particles, called micro plastics which are dangerous to our health and the health of the planet.
2. Plastic water bottles are one of our greatest plastic problems. If you are a user buy a re-usable drinking bottle and take your water from the tap. 46 billion plastic drinking bottles are made each year which break down into pieces and pollute our ocean! There are a number of shops in Ludlow selling long life bottles including Homecare.
3. Household wipes may feel like cotton but are, in fact, made of 90% plastic. Avoid buying wet wipes and consider buying environmentally sustainable alternatives. They create a huge disposal problem.
4. Plastic straws, don’t be a sucker!
5. Don't buy soap in plastic bottles buy a bar of soap. Shampoo can now also be bought in bars or boxes. Holland & Barratt on Broad Street are a recommended supplier.
6. Use a multi-use shopping bag such as hessian or string. Plastic bags should never be used due to their detrimental effect on our environment.
7. Don’t use plastic cotton buds use wooden or better still paper. Plastic cotton buds are incredibly dangerous for our marine life! Environmentally considerate options can be obtained from chemists including Boots.
8. If you have to use disposable cutlery choose wood, and not plastic. Wood and metal are the most suitable options and they can be washed and reused.
9. Rather than buying herbs wrapped in plastic buy pots of herbs and look after them - they look nice and taste better!
10. Poo bags are becoming a big problem. Popular country walks have poo bags hanging on hedges and chucked on the grass. Where possible 'stick and flick' the poo so it cannot be seen and will decompose - the plastic will not! When necessary use compostable poo bags - these can be bought from Orvis on the High Street.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PLASTIC
plastic products do eventually break down, this takes a very considerable period of time and the chemicals remain in our soil and seas forever.
We are led to believe that if we throw away plastic in the recycling bin this material will be recycled. Sadly only 9% is actually recycled. The rest goes into land fill, often in poorer countries such as Malaysia, where tragically, miles of plastics, piled many feet high, slowly decompose polluting their soil and waterways.
Only compostable plastics are environment friendly. These are made only from vegetable matter, such as potato starch, mushrooms, and (most recently) grass. Compostable plastics can be made into carrier bags or food wrapping, and eventually many other products. This can be thrown in the compost bin where they quickly decompose, leaving no chemical traces, simply returning to the soil.
TOXIC TIME BOMB
The plastics problem is reaching crisis point. Ordinary plastics eventually break down into tiny particles (micro plastics), which attract toxins that can cause all manner of disease in humans.
Until now the oceans have diluted them, reducing the harm that they cause. UNTIL NOW.
These plastic particles are now being ingested by marine animals, passing up the food chain like miniature time bombs and the outcome for us, at the top of the food chain, will eventually be catastrophic.
LUDLOW IS NOT ALONE IN THIS VENTURE
More than 500 towns have signed up to go PLASTIC FREE, including bishops Castle, Penzance, Whitstable, Lyme Regis, many of which have already become plastic free.
Lets join these towns in making Ludlow plastic free!