Well, That's a Relief
Comic Relief is on Friday, and goodness knows, we could do with something to make us laugh.
Did you see their announcement that this year the Red Noses are not made of plastic?
This is a big step forward, particularly for those of us with children. You'll know - or be able to imagine - how hard it is to explain to them that you don't want them to do what all their friends are doing on account of all the waste generated, and plastic waste at that. Then you have to answer them when they say, "But it's for charity".
So thank you Comic Relief.
It's a start.
Since launching Red Nose Day in 1988, Comic Relief has raised more than £1 billion for charitable causes, with over £70 million from red noses alone.
Given that this year each red nose will cost £1.50, with at least 75p going to Comic Relief, we will leave you to do the maths and work out how many Red Noses must be out there already.
If you have visited our Community Wardrobe you will know that we like to have quotes on display along with the clothes . They remind us of the reasons for setting up the Community Wardrobe and the importance of keeping it going.
Currently we have this:
THERE IS NO SUCH PLACE AS 'AWAY'
WHEN YOU THROW IT AWAY, IT MUST GO SOMEWHERE
Where do you suppose all those Red Noses sold over the last 32 years are now?
We very much doubt they are still being worn.
Anyway, this year's crop will be made from bagasse. Bagasse? It is a by-product from making sugar, that is often used for takeaway food containers.
When sugar cane stalks are harvested, they are pressed to extract the juice, which then gets processed into sugar. This leaves behind a dry fibrous substance that, using a high heat and pressure process, makes a material that can be moulded into containers, tableware and packaging.
From start to finish it requires very little energy to produce so, given that it is fully biodegradable, its impact on our environment is minimal. Sweet!
So why do you think this is happening now?
Was it because Comic Relief organisers became increasingly uneasy about all that plastic they were encouraging us to buy? Was it worse because in their heart of hearts they knew were marketing the plastic tat to children in the sure and certain knowledge that almost all parents at some time or another give in to pester power?
Or did they begin to research a more sustainable material only when they began to receive hundreds of letters and emails from school children across the country who were concerned about another example of single-use plastic waste?
Did they see their revenue stream was likely to dry up?
One school in Cornwall had the great idea of writing to Sir David Attenborough about their alternative Red Nose suggestion. When Sir David is on your side, you are well on your way to victory.
So the moral of today's story is - once again - never imagine that there's nothing you can do to solve the current climate crisis. Never think that you are only one person and you can't make a difference. We can all let manufacturers, companies and even charities know when we are unhappy with their actions, whether by writing to them and telling them, or by simply refusing to buy their products.