Some great arguments in this thread as for the op I constantly re-use all my pots and when I need to get rid of some I pop them on a social media site for free. Hopefully then they get even more re-use from another gardener. As for the bigger picture... those who have posted what have you done recently to reduce your plastic consumption? I see it as little wins by little people will effect the bigger picture later on. For example I was a manager for a food retailer, products are ordered based on demand. We did a trial based on loose produce, literally gave the customer the majority option of loose over packed. What do you think came top?! Thats right the one packed in plastic still. If I could of I would have got rid of pre packed fruit and veg where there was an option to swap. If people bought loose and didn't pop it in a plastic bag to take it to the till the supermarkets wouldn't order the plastic trayed and wrapped product. It's all based on demand! and convenience for us. Same goes for my children if I can have a wood version of a product I buy it, cost doesn't matter to me on that issue as I can repaint, sand or fix wood. Not everyone has the money to consider that option tho.
@Hostafan1 not sure if you're aware of this https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/15/waitrose-steps-up-action-to-remove-plastic-bagsWhen I'm buying loose veg in the supermarket I put them in the trolley loose ... the lovely people at the checkout are fine with that. I used to re-use paper bags from the farm shop, but the farm shop is no more
Singing Gardener said:
Envelopes with plastic windows can normally be recycled so perhaps bread bags can as well?
It was a perfectly reasonable question. How much extra would you pay to have an "eco friendly pot ?" as yet, nobody has said how much extra THEY would pay. My point is, it's all very well saying "THEY" should do something about it, but what are WE prepared to do? and how much extra are WE prepared to pay for itYes Hostafan,It was a reasonable question, in common financial terms, but not from a wildlife perspective, there economics are not part of business practice, their welfare is irrellevent to the cost of pots