You might have seen it on the news: plastic residues are a huge problem for our planet. All the plastic that has ever been produced is still on the surface of the planet because it is not biodegradable (and only a small percentage is recycled); the oceans are full of plastic trash; not even remote, uninhabited islands are free from it; plastic fibres are present in tap water all over the world; in 30 years there will be more plastic than fish in the seas. It sounds like a nightmare, or like a horror movie, but it is real, it is happening right now and it only took a few decades. And all because of something seemingly so harmless and common like plastic.

你可能在新闻上看到过:塑料残留物对我们的星球来说是一个巨大的问题。迄今为止生产的所有塑料仍然留在地球表面,因为它们不可被生物降解(只有很小一部分可以回收);海洋中充满了塑料垃圾;甚至连偏远的无人居住的岛屿也摆脱不了这些垃圾;全世界的自来水中都有塑料纤维;30年后,塑料的数量将超过海洋中的鱼类。这听起来像一个噩梦,或者像一部恐怖电影,但它是真实的,它正在发生,而且只花了几十年。这一切都是因为一些看似无害和普通的东西,比如塑料。





– Rethink hygiene products. I swapped shampoo bottles and shower gel for shampoo and soap bars. The cleaning effects are the same and I avoid having to throw empty plastic containers after the product is used up. Some soap bars come packed in a plastic bag but it’s still better than a container, I guess, if only because it’s way smaller. I also stopped using clothes detergent and I’ve been using soap nuts for something like 2 years. They work and they are extremely cheap (also got them on Taobao).

-重新考虑清洁用品
我把洗发水和沐浴露换成了香皂,它们的清洁效果是一样的,我避免了在产品用完后扔掉空的塑料容器。有些香皂是用塑料袋包装的,但我想还是比装在塑料容器里要好,至少它要小得多。我也停止使用洗衣液,我已经使用肥皂大约2年了,它们很好用,而且非常便宜(淘宝上也有)

– Reusable liquids containers. Last year I started having milk delivered home in glass bottles which I later wash and put back in the milk box so they get reused. I know it’s a very old idea and I love it! The only problem is that, at least in Suzhou, these milk bottles only come in 200 ml size, which is pretty small, and they cost twice as much as imported carton milks. I can’t understand it. How can it be more expensive to bring me milk from a distance of 30 kilometres, than shipping it from New Zealand or Germany? I also have big water bottles delivered home (unfortunately, China’s tap water is not safe for drinking); the bottles are reusable and the delivery guy takes back the old ones. I bought C. a reusable small bottle that can be filled to use in the car, as he used to buy small mineral water bottles before. I never buy soft drinks and when C. complains we only drink water, I buy him juice in glass bottles. I also stopped buying yogurt and I do it myself. Bye bye single use yogurt containers!

-可重复使用的液体容器。
去年,我开始让人用玻璃瓶把牛奶送回家,然后我把玻璃瓶洗干净后放回牛奶盒,这样它们就可以重复使用了。我知道这是一个非常古老的想法,但我喜欢这么做!唯一的问题是,至少在苏州,这些奶瓶只有200毫升大小,这是相当小的,而它们的价格是进口盒装牛奶的两倍。我不明白从30公里外给我送牛奶,怎么可能比从新西兰或德国运到中国还要贵。还有人会把大桶的水送回家(中国的自来水不适合直接饮用);这个桶是可以重复使用的,送货员会把旧桶拿回去。我给c买了一个可重复使用的小瓶子,可以放到车里使用,因为他以前经常买小瓶的矿泉水。我从来不买软饮料,当c抱怨我们只喝水时,我就给他买玻璃瓶果汁。我也不再买酸奶了,而是自己做酸奶。一次性酸奶容器再见!

– Reduce online shopping. I am trying to buy less, in general. I hardly buy any clothes; I think the clothes in my wardrobe are, in average, around 4 years old. As I have the luxury of being able to work from home, I don’t really need to invest in new clothes as I can wear old, tattered ones in the “office”. I also try to buy less groceries online because the amount of packaging material is completely crazy. Today I received an order and every item was packed separately. WTF. Besides, I blacklist some products that use too much packaging. For example, there is a brand of biscuits I like but, apart from the external plastic package, biscuits are inside small bags containing 4 biscuits each. Sorry, biscuits, I’m not going to buy you anymore.

-减少网上购物
一般来说,我会尽量少买东西。我几乎不买任何衣服,我认为我衣柜里的衣服已经足够了,平均来说,它们大约都是4年前的。因为我可以在家工作,所以我不需要花钱买新衣服,因为我可以在“办公室”里穿破旧的衣服。我也尽量减少在网上购买食品杂货,因为包装材料的数量太多了。今天我收到了一个包裹,每件货物都是分开包装的。此外,我把一些使用过多包装的产品列入了黑名单。例如,有一个牌子的饼干我很喜欢,但是除了外部的塑料包装,饼干是分装在小袋子里的,每个小袋子里装有4个饼干。对不起,小饼干,我不会再买你了。

I still have many more things pending, like getting cloth bags to buy loose things like rice and eggs, learning how to make my own bread and biscuits, getting a menstrual cup… and hundreds of others that I haven’t thought about yet. Saying no to plastic is so hard in China, so I’m doing baby steps. Even toilet paper rolls come individually wrapped in plastic and then packed inside a big plastic bag. And buying imported groceries online is so much cheaper than buying them in the supermarket, but then you have to deal with the crazy packaging…

我还有很多事情要做,比如买布口袋来买米和鸡蛋,学习如何做我自己的面包和饼干,买一个月经杯(译注:我第一次知道还有如此神奇的东东。。。)......还有成百上千个我没有想过的事情。在中国,对塑料说不太不容易了,所以我正在慢慢学习。甚至连卫生纸卷都是用塑料单独包装,然后装进一个大塑料袋里。在网上购买进口食品比在超市购买便宜得多,但是你必须处理疯狂的包装...