In today's modern world we are surrounded by plastic which is proving to be a major problem for humans, nature and animals. It is very durable and can take hundreds of years to decompose. But even before plastic litters our environment and oceans, it can be harmful to us. That's why we'll show you a few simple tips and tricks on how you can do without plastic in everyday life.
Avoid plastic when shopping
Plastic packaging and bags have become an indispensable part of the supermarket. But everyone can save a lot of plastic when shopping with a little more environmental awareness. For example with the following actions:
- Take your own tote bag with you when shopping.
- Fruit and vegetables do not need extra plastic packaging, they are already protected by their natural peel. And if not, you can simply wash it at home. Simply place it loosely on the belt and then store it in its own reusable bag.
- Don't buy products with too much plastic packaging and look for alternatives. Buying in large quantities also saves plastic. Then simply pour it into glass containers at home.
- If possible, support “unpackaged” stores. Here you can find out where you can shop for zero waste!
Did you know that microplastics can also be found in your food and drinks? The smaller the microplastic pieces, the higher the likelihood that they will end up in the food chain.
Small particles can come off the packaging and get into our food. Through cosmetics, clothing, etc., microplastics can penetrate the natural ecosystems from which we obtain drinking water, seafood and fish and then consume them. This means that plastic can unintentionally penetrate our bodies. What you can do to protect your body and our environment:
- Avoid ready meals and cook yourself - it's healthier anyway ;-)
- Replace single-use products like plastic tableware with reusable options.
- Avoid using a straw in restaurants and bars and drink directly from the glass.
- Glass bottle instead of plastic bottle. We are lucky to have such clean tap water.
- When it comes to coffee to go, bringing your own coffee mug is welcome at many restaurant chains and is sometimes even rewarded.
- Aluminum foil and cling film can easily be replaced with Tupperware. Tupperware and glass containers are also suitable for storage in the refrigerator or freezer.
Zero plastic waste bathroom
When you think of plastic, you don't immediately think of the bathroom, but shampoo packaging, creams, toothbrushes and disposable objects such as cotton swabs have become a big problem. Switching to natural cosmetic products and more environmentally friendly packaging helps:
- Plastic dispensers with liquid soap can easily be replaced with reusable soap dispensers and refilled with the refill pack. And it's even more environmentally friendly: soap bars or hand soap can be bought and used without any packaging.
- Toothbrush made of bamboo, so the handle is at least compostable. You can find other great alternatives for dental care at, for example, ohne.ch. For those who like to experiment, there are even sustainable toothpaste capsules.
- Some cosmetic products contain microplastics. Therefore, make sure that the following names do not appear on creams, shower gels, etc.: polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyester (PES), polyamide (PA), polyurethane (PUR), polyimide (PI ), Acrylate (ANM), Polyquaternium
Simply giving up plastic is anything but easy. But we should all start doing it step by step and do something good for our environment. It helps to just think about where we use plastic and whether we really need it. With small steps you can achieve big things. Make plastic alternatives your habit and nature, animals and your body will be grateful to you.