We Need to go Greener!

Last Year we donated some of our Radiothon money to Asociación Ondine. Brad Robertson and his team do an amazing job here on the island. Their mission is to enable the Balearic sea to recover its rich biodiversity and to thrive in harmony with a prospering, environmentally conscious and proactive local population. One of the things they do is organise beach leans once a month around Mallorca. The next one is on Sunday February 10th at 11.00 in El Peñon beach in Palma. Ondine beach cleans are not just about removing the waste they find on the beach, they are also an educational activity helping participants to become aware of the increasing plastic pollution problem. They also collect data for a global scientific survey whilst sharing ideas and solutions. The aim is to reduce the impact of plastic pollution through education, team work and making small changes in our daily routine, in time influencing companies and legislators. Last Year 1118 volunteers helped clear 59,399 objects from our beaches weighing an unbelievable 941.4kg! If that doesn’t get you out of your bed on a Sunday nothing will. I have been on a couple of these with my kids they’re actually great fun and they are exactly what they say above. 

Sir David Attenborough was talking to Prince William this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos and he said “we already know that of course the plastics problem in the seas is wreaking appalling damage on marine life – the extent of which we don’t yet fully know.”

Last year, Sir David said he was “astonished” by the response to Blue Planet II, which raised the issue of single-use plastics and the damage they were doing to the world’s oceans.

Have a look at the list below and see how many you do. I’m ashamed to say I had 13 out of the 20 I didn’t do. One of the questions I have is, the supermarket I go to has bio-degradable bags or the re-usable bags to buy, yet they ask me to put my fruit and veg into plastic bags?

Top 20 things Brits do because it’s more convenient than being green

1. Buy new batteries instead of rechargeable ones

2. Use a plastic straw

3. Pay for a 5p plastic bag instead of remembering re-usable shopping bags

4. Put fresh fruit and veg in a plastic bag at the supermarket

5. Leave lights turned on when not in the room

6. Buy a plastic bottle of water instead of carrying one to reuse

7. Leave plug sockets switched on even when they aren’t in use

8. Drive instead of walk short distances

9. Throw out plastic food packaging instead of washing it out to recycle it

10. Use a tumble dryer instead of hanging clothes on the line

11. Put something recyclable into the bin instead of sorting it into the right recycling box

12. Throw food away which could have been eaten or reused

13. Boil a full kettle for one cup of tea

14. Buy paint in plastic pots instead of metal, which can be recycled

15. Use a new coffee cup with your takeaway coffee instead of taking a reusable one

16. Still ask for paper bills rather than go paperless

17. Leave a tap running for a long time when not in use

18. Have the heating on while also having windows open

19. Leave the shower turned on when not in use

20. Wash laundry on a hot wash when it doesn’t need it

I’m interviewing Brad from Ondine next week on the radio.

Last week I told you about a clever marketing tool from Tyrells who had launched some Valentines crisps. Well I’ve found another one. Last Monday was “Blue Monday” The third Monday of January is billed as the most depressing day of the year, citing factors such as the wind down from Christmas, financial woes, the weather, broken new year’s resolutions and the length of time until the next public holiday. So in answer to that KFC has launched a gravy-scented candle, to cheer up its customers! A spokesperson said “You’re not dreaming. You really can now fill your home with the incredible aroma of KFC gravy with this limited edited candle… it’s staggeringly nose stimulating.” While The Colonel’s trusted parfumier(trusted parfumier, really?) said: “What an honour it was to create a candle with such a highly-beloved scent. Initially the different ingredients within the gravy were split into their constituent parts and fragrances matched to each.

“Then the scent was built component by component in the similar ratios as KFC’s iconic gravy. “The artisanal approach to creating the candles was crucial to ensure the familiar and evocative aroma of gravy was perfectly captured.”

KFC has gone one step further by launching a gravy mega box in resturants for just £3.99 to tie into the theme. There you go the sale at the end! 

I wonder how many will risk this at Valentines?

Another disappointing away performance from Real Mallorca last week, losing 2-0 away at Osasuna. Not quite sure why they can’t turn there home form into an away performance. They’re away again in Cadiz this weekend, on Saturday at 20.30. Those of us here can watch the game on the free to air GOL channel.

My boys had a mixed bag last weekend for their respective San Francisco teams. Jude the youngest drew an unheard of in kids football 0-0 and my eldest Jake lost 0-2. It was my Wife’s birthday on Thursday and someone asked will you be doing anything romantic? Taking the boys football training was my reply! Dad Taxi showing the love! 

Enjoy your weekend!

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone, Android, The Tunein Radio App and on the Spanish TDT TV service. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.

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