6th March


Wednesday 6th March, the first day of Lent. Today I am giving up buying food and drink in plastic packaging. I’ve decided to do this following an approach by Tearfund, a Christian charity which is campaigning to stop the world choking itself in plastic waste.

I got off to a great start, but I’m bound to say it went a bit wrong after that. My breakfast in the House of Commons came on a china plate and I ate it with a steel knife and fork. So far so good (except – did the bacon and the eggs come in plastic packaging before they were cooked? Very probably. Clearly this is going to be harder than I thought.)

Then you know, I kind of forgot about it, what with Prime Minister’s Questions and all that.

I bought myself a spot of lunch – and then, gah! I had unthinkingly bought myself a plastic bottle of juice. This was pointed out to me on my return to my upstairs office.

So, deeply embarrassed, I threw the empty plastic bottle across the room into the recycling bin.

Except that I didn’t. My aim is notoriously bad and it flew straight out of the open window to land somewhere four floors below. Oh dear. Note to self – ‘must try harder’.


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