The things I have learned about China….
- Apparently in China they stop putting nappies on their kids when they are 6 months old! Puts most of us in the UK to shame apart from Lucy over at Lulastic who has a nappy free 3 month old!
- There are no free plastic bags in Chinese supermarkets – you have to pay for them. Fruit and vegetables do not come in packaging.
- People can save plastic bottles, glass, paper and tins and take them for recycling where they receive a little money in exchange.
- The pollution in Eastern China where my student is from is really bad.
- The sky is rarely blue – it is grey and smoggy in the cities and in the countryside
- There are few fish to be had off the coast
- She has to take a shower at least a couple of times a day as her skin and clothes are filthy from the pollution
- Her floor gets black from the pollution and she cleans it regularly so it shouldn’t be so filthy.
- She has to scrub her vegetables in a kind of detergent to get rid of the pollution on them.
- Some people that go overseas for several months or years who then return to China become sick or even develop cancer from the pollution.
Usually I try to avoid buying new things wherever possible, but the other day I bought a pair of kids wellies from the supermarket, which I realised when I got home had been made in China. I can feel Hattie and Jen (and I’m sure a few other bloggers too) tutting here and I agree with them. I really don’t know what I was thinking (or not thinking), but I will be thinking twice before I buy something that says made in China on it again!