Covid-19 cakes – Don’t kill our fish

This is the third cake in my Covid-19 memories cake series. My oldest son is very concerned about the damage that is being done to our planet through disposing of garbage, including plastic, in the oceans, and global warming.

The impact of global warming has become very apparent this year with the terrible fires in Australian in the first quarter of the year and the current fires in the USA. Looking at the pictures of the devastation these fires are causing is frightening for me.

This cake is a fish that has died by swallowing part of a plastic medical glove. A disposable medical mask is caught in its tail.

I was quite pleased at how this fish shaped cake came out, the colours worked rather well and I like the shiny scales look that I created using edible silver glimmer dust.

Thank you to my great blogging friend, John Rieber, for inspiring these Covid-19 cakes. You can find John’s entertaining and interesting blog here: https://johnrieber.com/

Are you concerned about the plastic pollution? If you are, are you taking any steps to try and combat it?

We are growing some of our own vegetables and fruit this year so we don’t have to buy it. We are also making all our own bread now and I try to avoid heavily package ready-made meals, preferring to cook from scratch.

89 thoughts on “Covid-19 cakes – Don’t kill our fish

  1. The cake turned out very well. I am also very concerned about what we are doing to the environment. I just spoke with my daughter and she said the air quality on her quiet little island is terrible as the smoke from the fires in the US has drifted up to BC, Canada. No one can escape these things anymore. So sad.

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  2. Amazing cake. Yes, I am very concerned. I lived at the coast and one thing I don’t miss is all the plastic crap on the beach. Some of the particles are so small that the fish and other sea creatures have to be ingesting or inhaling them. Sad really.

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  3. In UK, studies have found microplastics in rivers and the soil, even on our mountains, plus, much of the sea life, cattle, chickens, etc, contain micro plastics.
    They didn’t mention finding it in humans, but the implications are there.
    We lack the possibility of growing our own, so buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meats, wrapped in paper bags, as much as possible and use canvas shopping bags.

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  4. We separate the rubbish in this borough, as is done throughout London. Plastic is collected every second week from households and dealt with by the council in a different way to food waste and paper. There is even a special plastic bag that the waste food has to go into that composts down with the food material. So nowadays it’s not just individuals recycling, it’s the whole of London and beyond. Incidentally— 😛 😛 your cake was brilliant 😛 😛

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    1. Thank you, Danny, I’m glad you like it. I thing that the UK and parts of Europe are making great strides forward with reducing plastic and recycling. The developing countries can’t afford it and don’t have the will due to more immediate issues like starving people, so it is neglected. Our government chose to retain coal fired power stations rather than go green in order to save mining jobs.

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  5. It’s such a beautiful cake. I feel bad because I have to wear PPE at work – it would be hard to work for the NHS without wearing it. I have no idea if they have biodegradable alternatives available to order? Our equipment goes into clinical waste, which I think means it is burnt (not great either) which should keep it from ending up floating around in the sea. But I was walking home the other day and I saw disposable face-masks all over the floor, even though there are lots of bins along that route.

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    1. Hi Mel, yes, I have also seen the disposable face masks on the floor and some pictures of them in the ocean. It is a necessary evil to wear them right now, but giving some thought to how you dispose of them is the point of this post. Thanks for visiting.

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  6. I’m impressed by young people who are paying attention to what is happening in the world. Good for your son to realize it’s a problem and for wondering what he can do.

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  7. Lovely cake and a good theme. I compost my food waste and take reusable bags with me to the supermarket, even for my loose veg. But there is still too much packaged in plastic. We’ve got trained to like how plastic keeps the food conveniently sealed and lengthens its shelf life in some cases.

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  8. Wow! Great backery, with a really important impact, Robbie! We are now living in horrible times. There’s fire, there is the virus, and there are politicans taking notice only about their money. However, enjoy your week! Ourselves we can do not the most, need to be done! Michael

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  9. Love the cake, Robbie! Our local recycling place stopped taking glass and plastic and quit picking up any recycling back in March, so I’ve been making a trip every few weeks to drop it off at their site (they still take paper, cardboard and cans). It’s been killing me to throw away all that glass and plastic now.

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  10. That fish cake is sensational. I actually did a double take with the scales.
    Your son is right to be concerned about the plastic clogging our oceans. There are now 5 separate ‘garbage patches’, and as far as I know, we have no realistic way of cleaning them up. Worse still, we’re even littering the sky outside our earth as well.

    If kids made such a dangerous mess, we’d ground them for a year. We’re sending ourselves extinct.

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    1. It is very sad, Meeks, what is being done to the earth. People like you and me do our best to be good citizens and try to recycle and do the right thing, but we are also caught up in the rat race and lifestyles that are imposed on us by our governments and corporates. It’s very difficult to ditch it all as we need to live within the system.

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      1. I agree. To change the system, govt has to step in and mandate new rules. We’d gotten rid of plastic shopping bags & everyone was ok with the byo bag habit and then bam, pandemic. I have to order online, and of course, everything comes in plastic bags.
        One step forward, two steps back. :/

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    1. Hi Jacqui, I hope its not to late for baby steps. It seems like we need some major intervention like we had during the lockdown to actually make a difference. It does make me think and wonder what this was all really about and where C-19 really comes from.

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  11. The fish is looking so real, Robbie. You are a wonderful artist with your creations. Yes I am totally in sync with your son and same is my son who is an environmentalist too. He does not like all these plastics thrown in the sea and so poisonous for them. Lovely post.

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    1. I think that Generation Z are going to be far more proactive than our generation, Debby. We were also not anywhere near as aware as they are as there was no internet and even TV was much more limited. We just didn’t know about these sorts of issues.

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  12. I love the way it turned out with your fish cake also, Robbie! It’s so sad the plastic killed many fish, killed whales and dolphins also. We just have to keep bringing this to the attention of the public and educate people to save the planet, save the animals and sea creatures.

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  13. I think there are too many people on the planet Robbie! The plastic issue is a great example! It is but one of a thousand problems arising from the affects of too many people.
    Bring the population down significantly and there won’t be a plastic problem. But how is that going to happen? With the population increasing that means our problems will only continue to worsen.
    Sorry for the bleak look Robbie but thats the writing on the wall for me.

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    1. Hi Wayne, I know what you say is true. There need to be measures put in place to limit the number of children people have – all people, not just some. It needs to be implemented internationally as it is the only hope for our species. The alternative is that nature will find a way to deal with the excess population.

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      1. Sorry Robbie,that was already tried by China. The so called “one child Policy”. It failed as people were having a second child and simply not declaring it. So a entire generation grew up without being able to go to school or get a passport or any other kind of ID.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-child_policy#:~:text=In%20October%202015%2C%20the%20Chinese,country's%20female%2Dto%2Dmale%20sex

        In Nature there are neither rewards or punishments,simply consequences! (Ingersoll)

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